The Best Short Hikes Around Canberra
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The Best Short Hikes Around Canberra

Leave the capital behind and get immersed in the environment around you. Stretch those legs and take on some truly amazing challenges by yourself or with friends! Keeping active is key to maintaining a healthy lifestyle and with these walks on your doorstep, you don’t have to travel far.


Mount Taylor Walk – 3.8 km

Mount Taylor Nature Reserve – Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate – Environment (

With strong connections to the Ngunnawal people and rich aboriginal history, this walk to the summit of Mt Taylor will have you thinking of the past as you spot rare plant species, once at the top expect breathtaking views of the southern Canberra and the Brindabella ranges.

Red Hill – 3 km

Red Hill Lookout – Canberra Tracks (

How does a hot cappuccino sound while overlooking the metropolitan capital that is Canberra? Give the Red Hill trail a go and you will find out exactly how that feels. With a cafe at the summit, it is a great spot for a pit-stop as you complete this must-do walk.


Mount Ainslie – 4 km return

Mt Ainslie Lookout – Canberra Tracks (

Design and architecture buffs this one’s for you. The views give a great understanding of Canberra’s design features and geometric plan. Take an afternoon to get the blood pumping as well as increase your knowledge of the city you call home. 


Mount Painter – 3.7 km

Mount Painter Nature Reserve – Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate – Environment (

With 360 degree views of Canberra from the top, why wouldn’t you get this walk under your belt? This fairly easy walk is all about the destination, so bring your camera, set a date, and cross it off your list.


Making time to spend out in the open is such an important part of not only your physical health but also your mental health. With a busy schedule during the week, there is no greater cure than taking on a new challenge and watching your stress get left behind in the dust.

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