Canberra Walking Festival

The next Canberra Walking Festival incorporating the 27th Canberra Two Day Walk will be held on 7-8 April 2018. Additional walks are scheduled on the Thursday and Friday prior to the Festival weekend. Online entries will open at midday on 1st October. Enter at – enter early to secure the best rate and assist us with our event planning and to ensure a seat on the bus (on Sunday). 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.

In 2018 the location of the Control Centre will move to the historic Albert Hall on Commonwealth Avenue, next to the Hyatt Hotel. This venue will be used again in 2019. An updated location map is provided.

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.

Program of Events – 2018

Date Times Activity
5 April
9.30am-1pm Mt Majura and Mt Ainslie 15km ($5 for IVV stamp, paid on the day)
Meet outside Poppy’s Cafe at 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
6 April
11am-2pm Capital Walk 11km ($5 for IVV stamp, paid on the day)
Meet outside the Control Centre and enjoy a guided walk that includes Parliament House and the memorials on Anzac Parade before returning to the Control Centre for the official start of the Canberra Walking Festival
2-3pm Registration of international entrants
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
7-7:30am Registration 42.2km marathon walkers, briefing at 7:20 for 7.30am start
Note:  Marathoners will 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
(Day 1) 7:15-7:40am Registration 21km walkers, briefing at 7:30, for 7:40am start
Note: 21km walkers choosing to start early will be doing the first half of the marathon route
7 April 9:00-9:30am Registration 21km walkers, briefing at 9:20, for 9:30am start
Note: 21km walkers choosing the later start will be doing the second half of the marathon route
9:30-10am Registration 11km walkers, briefing at 9:50, for 10am start
9:45-10:15am Registration 5km walkers, briefing at 10:05, for 10:15am start
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
7:30-8am Registration 26km walkers, briefing at 7:50, buses leave at 8am **don’t be late**
(Day 2) 8:30-9am Registration 21km walkers, briefing at 8:50, buses leave at 9am **don’t be late**
8 April 9:30-10am Registration 10km walkers, briefing at 9:50, buses leave at 10am **don’t be late**
8 April 9:45-10:10am Registration 5km walkers, briefing at 10:05, bus leave at 10:10am **don’t be late**
11:30am-4pm Walkers returning and checking in
*two day walkers collect their medal/pin
*all walkers collect an event certificate and 2018 sticker
(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

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?

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 7 April 2018
Where: Albert Hall (Control Centre for the Walk)

All welcome, but only financial members can vote.


  1. Welcome
  2. Apologies
  3. Minutes of 2017 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 2018
  8. General business
    IML update
    IVV update
    Life membership (3)
    Any other business

(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 to ensure the ongoing success for future Canberra Walking Festivals.

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

(3) Life membership nominations to be in accordance with the Criteria and Process for Awarding Life Membership of Canberra Two Day Walk Inc. Please ensure any proposed nominations are made in a timely manner; well in advance of the AGM (ideally by 1 March 2018).