Canberra Times journalist Megan Doherty explores why and where Canberrans like to walk in her 8 September 2018 article:
Canberrans and the lure of the big walk
The ACT region of the Conservation Council is offering a walk around the entire 306-kilometre border of the Australian Capital Territory!
A Beginning Saturday, 7 October, the walk will conclude three weeks later, on Saturday, 28 October. This is a fundraising event for the Council and the walk will be led by regional president Rod Griffiths.
If 306K sounds like a bit much, you may choose to walk only part of a day, a whole day or as many days as you would like. Or maybe you’d rather just donate to the cause and follow the blog: https://walktheborderact.wordpress.com/
Walk the border ACT: a watershed walk
Floriade is on again in Canberra, and is celebrating its 30th birthday. This means that the Heart Foundation early bird walks are also on again, where you get the opportunity to complete a 45 minute walk around Floriade before the gates open to the general public. The walks are free, but a donation to the Heart Foundation is always appreciated – a collection tin is available at the walk.
Floriade early bird walks start at 8am each Monday-Saturday of Floriade, which runs from 16 September to 15 October 2017. There are no early bird walks on Sunday. Each walk is approximately 2.5km. A number of AussieWalk and Walking For Pleasure members are assisting as volunteers to lead these walks, and we would love to see you there.
In particular, mark your calendars for these dates, when AussieWalk/Walking For Pleasure has a scheduled walk immediately following the earlybird walk:
Saturday 23rd Sep: complete the early bird walk then a lap of the central basin of Lake Burley Griffin.
Saturday 14th Oct: complete the early bird walk then a walk along Anzac Parade past the memorials, including two new memorials since we last walked here.
We meet near the crossing on Commonwealth Avenue – see the blue flower on the map below. Arrive 5-10min early to sign in, so you are ready to start the walk at 8am.
ACT Parks and Conservation Service regional manager Brett McNamara encourages Canberrans to explore his top five walking trails this summer.
The Canberra Centenary Trail will officially open on Sunday, 27 October, with a “Try the Trail Day.”
You can “try the trail” between 10am and 2pm starting from any one of five locations: Hall School Museum [Victoria Street, Hall], John Knight Memorial Park [Belconnen], Chapman [near Cooleman Ridge], Remembrance Park [Campbell] and Tuggeranong Town Park.