Canberra Walking Festival

The next Canberra Walking Festival incorporating the 28th Canberra Two Day Walk will be held on 30-31 March 2019. Additional walks are scheduled on the Thursday and Friday prior to the Festival weekend. Discounted online entries are now available. Go to (or type into your browser).  Cash entries are also available on the day ($25/day). Entry fees are non-refundable.

The Canberra Walking Festival is a non-competitive challenge walk for all ages. Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by a responsible adult. It’s not a race but is about fun, fitness, fellowship and personal challenge. Running is not permitted. The walks take you along Canberra’s extensive footpath and recreation path network. Routes pass national buildings and Lake Burley Griffin and go through a number of Canberra’s Nature Parks and are different both days. Walkers are asked to complete their walk before 4 pm each day. The walks will be held irrespective of the weather. Please also read the Conditions of Entry carefully for the full rules governing the event.

The location of the Control Centre is once again at the historic Albert Hall on Commonwealth Avenue, next to the Hyatt Hotel. A location map is provided.

Important note: For those walkers electing to complete the 21km distance on Saturday, two start options and routes will again be offered. However, the start times have changed slightly for 2019.

Everyone who completes any route on both Saturday and Sunday will receive the Canberra Two Day Walk Medal. Separate medals are also awarded to marathon finishers.

Optional International Awards: There is an additional cost for participation in these international award programs (IML and IVV). To obtain the IML qualification, at least the nominal 20km route must he completed on both days (or 10km each day for the over 70s); no exemptions are allowed. Further information is available at the Control Centre on the event days.

Please come back to check this page regularly. Updates will be provided as the event approaches, including maps of the walk routes, gpx files to download into your smart phone and a detailed “welcome” letter with additional instructions to assist in your preparation for the Canberra Walking Festival.

Update 1: 17 March 2019 Maps of the routes and gpx files are now available. Printed maps will be available when you sign in each day of the event.
Saturday: Early 21km route, plus 11km and 5km routes and
Late 21km route (note that both maps make up the marathon route)
Sunday: All routes plus detailed map to navigate through the Botanic Gardens and ANU.

Update 2: Coming soon, a detailed “welcome” letter with additional instructions to assist in your preparation for the Canberra Walking Festival – this information will also be emailed to all registered walkers.

Program of Events – 2019

Date Times Activity
28 March
9.30am-1pm Mt Majura and Mt Ainslie 16km and 9km options ($5 for IVV stamp, paid on the day)
Meet at Remembrance Nature Park (or Poppy’s cafe – final meeting point TBC) behind the Australian War Memorial and enjoy a guided walk with Walking For Pleasure
This walk is on trails with panoramic views over Canberra – hiking poles are recommended if normally used
You are encouraged to visit the Australian War Memorial after the walk
29 March
11am-2pm Capital Walk 11km ($5 for IVV stamp, paid on the day)
Meet outside the Control Centre/Albert Hall and enjoy a guided walk that includes Parliament House and Telopea Park before returning to the Albert Hall for the official start of the Canberra Walking Festival
2-3pm Walkers are invited to visit the Control Centre to meet up with other walkers and event organisers to ask any questions you may have about the event
The shop will be open for walk souvenir sales
The IVV counter will be open for stamping for the Capital Walk and any other year round walks you may have completed
from 3pm Welcome Walk followed by reception to welcome our interstate and international visitors who are walking on the weekend
IVV walkers get IVV books stamped for Welcome Walk 5km
(Day 1)
30 March
7-7:30am Registration 42.2km marathon walkers and early 21km walkers, joint briefing at 7:20 for 7.30am start
Marathoners will depart first, followed immediately by 21km walkers who have elected to start early and complete the first half of the marathon course.
Marathoners need to complete the first half of the marathon by 11:45am to continue to the second half of the route. If not, you will be given credit for 21km.
9:30-10am Registration for late 21km walkers, plus 11km and 5km walkers, joint briefing at 9:50 for progressive starts from 10am
21km walkers who have elected to start late will be doing the second half of the marathon course.
21km walkers will depart at 10am, immediately followed by the 11km walkers, then the 5km walkers.
11:30am-4pm Walkers returning and checking in
*marathoners collect their medal/pin
*IVV walkers get IVV books stamped for Saturday
4:30pm-5:30pm AGM of CTDW Inc – all welcome to attend but only paid up members may vote – see notice of AGM below
(Day 2)
31 March
7:30-8am Registration 26km walkers, briefing at 7:50, buses leave at 8am **don’t be late**
For walkers staying at the Abode Hotel in Woden, there will be a bus available to collect you from the hotel at 7:15am, however you will need to make your own arrangements to return to the hotel (public transport is readily available for the return journey, but does not start early enough to get to the walk start)
8:30-9am Registration 21km walkers, briefing at 8:50, buses leave at 9am **don’t be late**
9:30-10am Registration 11km and 5km walkers, briefing at 9:50, buses leave at 10am **don’t be late**
11:30am-4pm Walkers returning and checking in
*two day walkers collect their medal/pin
*all walkers collect a 2019 sticker and new walkers collect an event certificate (we also have some uncollected certificates from previous years)
*IVV walkers get IVV books stamped for Sunday
*IML walkers get IML books stamped (note minimum qualifying distances apply)
3-4pm Awards and Closing Ceremony

More questions?… see our FAQs page – there is also additional information about the marathon and half marathon (21km) walks on our News page – plus information about catering at the event.

Want information about where to stay, or transport options?… see our accommodation and transport recommendations

Looking for training ideas?… see our 10km, 20-30km and marathon training programs

Interested in volunteering?… see our volunteer information – did you know that our volunteers can also complete the Festival walks in advance of the weekend? In 2019 the volunteer walks will be held on 23-24 March.

Interested in the history of our event?… see our history page

Canberra Two Day Walk Inc.
Notice of Annual General Meeting

When: 4.30 pm Saturday 30 March 2019
Where: Albert Hall (Control Centre for the Walk)

All welcome, but only financial members can vote.


  1. Welcome
  2. Apologies
  3. Minutes of 2018 AGM
  4. President’s Report
  5. Financial Report
  6. Election of Office Bearers (1)
    Committee member
    Non-committee roles (2)
  7. Nomination/appointment of auditor for 2019
  8. General business
    IML update
    IVV update
    Future of the Canberra Walking Festival
    Winding up/dissolution of CTDW Inc after 2020 event

(1) All financial members of the Canberra Two Day Walk Inc. are eligible to nominate and vote for any of the listed committee positions. We welcome any walkers interested in joining the committee.

(2) There are many opportunities for volunteers to assist without being a formal committee member.