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A leisurely scroll through Canberra’s best walking trails

By Ben Faulks

There are two things in particular the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is uncontested for – fitness and nature. The ACT has a sports and recreation participation rate of 73 per cent, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

On top of this, almost half of the state's geography is part of the Namadgi National Park. With such a propensity for exercise and so much nature around, it's no surprise that owners of Belconnen real estate love to get amongst it and follow their favourite of the ACT's incredible walking trails.

If you're ready to head into the great (and sometimes metropolitan) outdoors, take a look at this list of Canberra's best walks.

The Centenary Trail

Canberra's most famous walk is a full loop around the ACT. This comprehensive trail totals an astounding 145 kilometres, broken down into sections. No section loops repeats onto itself, making this a proper point-to-point progression. However, there is little camping infrastructure, so it's not recommended that you attempt this as a through-hike.

The Centenary Trail will show you some of the best sights the ACT has to offer. By following this trail, you'll dip into urban hotspots such as the Parliament Building and the Belconnen town centre, then rise up high at numerous points to witness the quintessential vistas of the ACT.

Lake Gininderra

If such an intense trek isn't your cup of tea, Lake Gininderra may provide the relaxing stroll your heart desires. The lake is central to Belconnen, and is the ideal path for your early Sunday morning refresher.

You'll get to wander through the lush green parks and man-made beaches of Belconnen as the rising sun spills across the lake. During these colder months, you may opt to take a small detour for a chai latte from one of Belconnen's fantastic cafes. This suburban walk is a peaceful morning dream.

Mount Ainslie

At just over four kilometres return, the journey up Mount Ainslie is a reasonable one. The slopes can turn a bit steep at times, and climbing the stairs at the last push to the summit may make you second-guess yourself, but trust us – it's worth it.

Along the way up history and nature will collide in beautiful harmony. The trail is dotted with historical plaques commemorating the Kokoda Track in Papua New Guinea, where Australian and Japanese forces battled in World War II. Native Australians rosella birds will sing you up the mountain, and at the summit you'll be treated to an immaculate view of the city and its landmarks.

Flower to Tower

At the foot of Mount Ainslie's sister, Black Mountain, you'll find the Australian National Botanical Gardens. This 40-hectare living collection contains over 6,200 different species, which represent roughly one third of Australia's native plants. The main path through the gardens will let you see some of Australia's most beautiful flora, displayed for your enjoyment and education. This route is fully paved and all slopes are wheelchair accessible – great news if you're looking for a walk to do with an older family member, or one with a physical disability.

The Flower to Tower path starts at the Botanical Gardens and continues up Black Mountain. We recommend you try this path out in spring, as seasonal orchids will be blooming along the trail. Keep an eye out for flashes of vibrant blue in the trees, as superb fairy-wrens are known to frequent the mountain bushes. Once you reach the tower at the summit, you can visit its indoor observation deck or one of its two outdoor platforms for breath-taking views of the ACT.

Canberra is a perfect place to live for people who want to get their feet moving. If you're ready to take the next step in finding your home in the northern Canberra area, get in touch with Ray White Belconnen today.

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