Spring is finally starting to show its wonderfully warm face. As the environment begins to wake up, it’s the perfect time to get out and reconnect. Feel the grass underfoot, the sun on your skin and enjoy the majesty our earth has to offer.
To help you connect with nature, here are some of our favourite day trips and nature walks in the Canberra region. Why not try a few this long weekend!
• One Tree Hill nature walk
This walk is on one of the most popular paths in the ACT, and for a good reason. It has some of the most spectacular views and is so close to the city you could finish off the hike with a walk to a vegetarian cafe.
Part of the 180km Canberra Centenary Trail, this hike takes you to the summit of One Tree Hill. The walk starts at the old town hall, is about 8.5km and should take about two hours. On this trek, you will be able to see some amazing natural flora and fauna and you’re sure to find many hidden gems.
It takes a slight and steady incline up to the summit but the walking is easy because the trail is astonishingly well maintained. Gorgeous dirt paths with concrete steps and metal wiring where it is necessary ensures everyone can make it to the top.
• Booroomba Rocks
Ancient and beautiful, the Booroomba plateau is a cavernous outcrop of rocks with has stood for thousands of years. An easy 4km walk from the nearest campground, the trail is flat and breezy. Very few places can make you feel more connected, insignificant yet supported.
• Gibralter Falls
One of Canberra’s favourites. Gibralter Falls is nestled just a short 2.3km from the road. The trail is well maintained and offers an incredible view of the valley. Not to mention a gorgeous rock basin which is perfect for a relaxing swim or quiet meditation.
This walk is so close to the city. It is excellent for a quick trip out in the morning before work or on the weekend after a stressful week.
• Stockyard Spur
The Stockyard Spur walk is long, winding and stunning from start to finish. The 13km trail is tough at times and its length alone may dissuade some people. However, if you are able to give this a try you will find it a fantastic journey. The wide-open plains and narrow tree-covered paths fill every step with natural wonders.
The flower festival is here again – and the gardens are just as spectacular as ever. We recommend you walk the five kilometres around Lake Burley Griffen and incorporate a stroll through Commonwealth Park to enjoy the floral displays. It’s an easy, mostly flat path all the way.
We hope these suggestions have inspired you to get out there and connect with nature. Whichever walking trip takes your fancy this spring, each and every step will take you closer to your personal wellness.