Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, Namadgi National Park, Australian Capital Territory
More than half of the Australian Capital Territory is nature reserve, national park or state forest and within that landscape sits a planned city with a great network of walking paths and bushwalking trails, perfect for exploring.
Words by Visit Canberra.
What: For the hardcore walker, this 145-kilometre (90 mile) loop passes many natural and man-made icons of the capital. You don’t have to do it all in one go – it’s divided into sections so you can tackle it bit by bit, averaging 20 kilometres (12 miles) a day over a week.
Why: Aside from bragging rights, this is the ultimate way to see Canberra, and in a way that few will. Combining urban and rural sights, it’s a walk for people of moderate ability that showcases the best of the Territory. You can also do the trail by bike.
Highlights: There are plenty of opportunities to spot wildlife, so keep an eye out for wombats, echidnas and wedge-tailed eagles. If you see a platypus, you’re among the lucky ones, as they’re shy and nocturnal.