30 January 2019

National Arboretum to build new 12km network of trails

| Ian Bushnell
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The National Arboretum. The new trails will provide easy access to many areas of the site. Photo: Supplied.

The National Arboretum will add even more pulling power to the major attraction with the opening later in the year of a further 12 kilometres of multi-use trails across the site.

The work to construct the trail network throughout the southern and central areas of the 250-hectare Arboretum has been put out to tender, with the project due to start in March and be completed in August.

Walkers, joggers and cyclists will be able to reach most areas of the Arboretum and take in the forests and grounds with relative ease.

The tender documents say the low-maintenance tracks will cater for leisurely family-friendly pedestrians and low-impact cycling, with grades no bigger than 5 per cent at any point.

The tracks will be 90cm to 1.2m wide, allow water to drain and minimise intersections with other trails, with the creation of sharp or blind corners to be avoided.

Construction must be done in a way that protects the environment and the surrounding trees, and the National Arboretum must be consulted before any work is undertaken that may affect the trees.

Canberrans and visitors already enjoy a number of walking and cycling trails at the Arboretum including the Dairy Farmers Hill Circuit, STEP Circuit, Himalayan Cedar Trail, and Cork Oak Trail, while the ACT Centenary Trail and Bicentennial National Trail weaves through the grounds, taking walkers, cyclists and horse riders through many of the forests.

The new Arboretum trail network is marked in blue, with orange showing the steep slopes. Photo: From the tender documents.

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