Which walk?

All our self-guided walks are great, so how do you choose? We've grouped our walks according to interest (e.g. pram friendly, short, scenic, off leash opportunities, etc) as well as listing them in alphabetical order.

 

If you click on a walk title below, it will take you to a summary of the walk's key features.

Click on the 'directions' button in the walk summary to go to detailed directions and a map.

Go to the walks location map to see the start and end points of all our walks.

 

If you'd like to join a social group walk led by us, see our social group walk page.

All walks alphabetical

Best scenic view walks

Best cultural walks

Prettiest walks

Best kid friendly walks

Pram friendly walks

Short walks (one hour or less)

Flat (ish) walks

Walks by off leash rating

All walks alphabetical

Best scenic view walks

Best cultural walks

Prettiest walks

Best kid friendly walks

Pram friendly walks

Short walks (one hour or less)

Flat (ish) walks

Walks by off leash rating

These walks have a ♥♥♥ off leash rating allowing your dog extensive off leash opportunities:
- Curtin Horse Paddock Walk
- Curtin Playing Fields Walk
- Curtin Pram Friendly Walk
- Gowrie-Fadden Walk
These walks have a ♥♥ off leash rating allowing your dog lengthy off leash opportunities:
- Aranda Walk
- Campbell Walk
- Farrer-Mawson Walk
- Hughes Walk
- Hughes Pram Friendly Walk
- Lake Ginninderra Pram Friendly Walk
- Lyneham-O'Connor Walk
- Manuka-Griffith Walk
- Queanbeyan-Oaks Estate Walk
- Watson Walk
- Yarralumla Walk
These walks have a ♥ off leash rating allowing your dog good off leash opportunities:
- Ainslie Walk
- ANU Walk
- Kingston-Griffith Walk
- Kingston Pram Friendly Walk
- Yarralumla Pram Friendly Walk

Ainslie walk summary

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Mt Ainslie is an ever-present looming landmark on this gentle, meandering walk through quiet and very pretty tree-lined streets. Ainslie is an old suburb with heritage listed cottages dating from the 1920s as well as modern homes built only yesterday. There is a large off leash oval near the beginning of the walk for dogs to burn off excess energy; a variety of modest, informal parks; and a short section through Mt Ainslie nature park. Most streets feature generous wide verges where some locals walk their obedient dogs off leash but otherwise the parks (with the exception of the nature park) provide the only off leash opportunities. The walk starts and ends at the Ainslie shops featuring a dog friendly café/pub.

Start/Finish - Ainslie shops, Edgar Street
Time/Distance - Allow 60 minutes/approx 4 km

Off lead rating - ♥
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ANU walk summary

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The Australian National University features some of Canberra's oldest and newest buildings, quirky sculptures and beautiful green spaces - this walk shows you the highlights. There are some good off leash opportunities but considerable on leash walking may be required depending on traffic and if sports games are in progress. However the grounds and roads are virtually deserted on weekends, public holidays and outside university term time. With so much to explore, you could easily spend over 90 minutes on this walk. To find out more about the ANU's heritage buildings, go to the ANU heritage site. To find out more about ANU's sculptures, download the ANU sculptures brochure.

Start/Finish - End of Marcus Clarke Street (nearest the lake)
Time/Distance - Allow 90 minutes/approx 4.5 km

Off lead rating - ♥
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Aranda walk summary

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The oldest suburb in Belconnen, popular Aranda offers both urban and bushland experiences. This is an easy but satisfying walk following a straightforward loop around and through the suburb. It features an extensive off leash green space at the beginning of the walk for dogs to burn off excess energy; a short but very pretty section through the Aranda Bushlands nature park (on leash only); and impressive views of Black Mountain and beyond to south Canberra. The route crosses only two streets. A feature of the walk for humans is the dominance of native flora, flowering during late winter. Apart from a short steep section, the tracks are fairly level or with gentle gradients. The walk starts and ends at the old Aranda shops which is now inhabited by the very dog friendly Two Before Ten cafe (also serves good coffee).

Start/Finish - Old Aranda shops site, 68 Bandjalong Crescent
Time/Distance - Allow 75 minutes/approx 4.5 km

Off lead rating - ♥♥
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Campbell walk summary

On the slopes of Mt Ainslie, this walk provides a mix of suburban and semi-bush experiences, as well as sweeping mountain and city views. It features substantial off leash opportunities with a large green off leash oval at the beginning and end for energetic ball games plus more off leash walking through interlinked parks. A short section along the base of Mt Ainslie is a designated nature park where dogs must be walked on leash. The walk starts and ends at the Campbell shops with a dog friendly café located in a pleasant shady corner. Note there is a gentle, but sustained uphill section during the first half of the walk.

Start/Finish - Campbell shops, Blamey Place
Time/Distance - Allow 60 minutes/approx 4 km

Off lead rating - ♥♥
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Curtin horse paddock walk summary

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Dogs love this walk. Off leash opportunities extend for long sections through informal parks, a government horse agistment paddock (dogs should be on leash here), and a large playing field for ball games. There are lots of interesting smells and a high likelihood of meeting other dogs. Extensive views west to the Brindabellas and north to the Canberra Arboretum and Black Mountain make it attractive for humans too. The walk starts and ends at the busy Curtin shops which boasts several dog friendly cafés. Note This walk may not be suitable for people with knee or ankle problems as sections through the horse paddock are uneven. Our 81-year-old tester completed the walk but found the horse paddock section hard going.

Start/Finish - Curtin shops, Strangways Street
Time/Distance - Allow 75 minutes/approx 4.5 km

Off lead rating - ♥♥♥
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Curtin playing fields walk summary

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This is one of our favourite walks. Off leash opportunities extend nearly the whole way. The route follows linked informal off leash parks with lots of interesting smells and long grass to run through, traverses large playing fields with excellent ball chasing opportunities, and includes a creek dip to cool down. For humans there are extensive views northeast to the city, Red Hill, Black Mountain and Mount Ainslie, west to the Brindabellas and north to the Canberra Arboretum. The walk can be extended by combining it with part of the Curtin horse paddock walk or reduced by taking a short cut. The walk starts and ends at the Curtin shops where there are several excellent dog friendly cafés. Note this walk includes a gentle, but sustained uphill section.

Start/Finish - Curtin shops, Strangways Street
Time/Distance - Allow 90 minutes/approx 5 km (short option allow 45 minutes/approx 3 km)

Off lead rating - ♥♥♥
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Curtin pram friendly walk summary

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Curtin is such a great dog walking suburb that we had to develop this fully paved, pram friendly version of one of our favourite walks. Off leash opportunities extend nearly the whole way. The route follows linked, off leash, informal parks with lots of interesting smells and long grass for dogs to run through, traverses a large playing field with excellent ball chasing opportunities, and includes an optional creek dip to cool down. For humans there are extensive views west to the Brindabellas and north to the Canberra Arboretum. The walk starts and ends at the Curtin shops where there are several excellent dog friendly cafés. Note this walk includes a gentle but sustained uphill section.

Start/Finish - Curtin shops, Strangways Street
Time/Distance - Allow 60 minutes/approx 4 km

Off lead rating - ♥♥♥
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Farrer-Mawson walk summary

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Beautiful irrigated playing fields, hidden pockets of semi-bush parkland, and impressive views to the Brindabella Mountains are features on this relaxed, varied walk through the established Woden suburbs of Farrer and Mawson. Most of the route follows a series of interconnected off leash open spaces with minimal crossing of roads. If it wasn't for those pesky 'roos, the off leash opportunities would be substantial. However, even for those walking chase-inclined dogs, an enormous off leash playing field towards the end of the walk appears to be kangaroo free. There are a couple of short uphill stretches in the first part of the walk but the Brindabella views at the top make it worthwhile. As well as parkland, a short section meandering through streets shows you a slice of life in Mawson. The walk starts and ends at the Farrer shops with an excellent dog friendly cafe..

Start/Finish - Farrer shops, Farrer Place
Time/Distance - Allow 75 minutes/approx 4.3 km

Off lead rating - ♥♥
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Gowrie-Fadden walk summary

With its awesome mountain views, this walk showcases a typical slice of the best Tuggeranong has to offer. Meandering through the well established suburbs of Gowrie and Fadden, the route follows a series of interconnected parks including huge off leash playing fields, a shady pine forest, and a small nature park with superb Brindabella mountain range and Tuggeranong valley views. Most of the walk is through off leash areas with only short sections on leash. We provide directions for a long version (with the views) and short, flatter version (focusing on the playing fields). The walk starts and ends at the small Gowrie shops which has an excellent dog friendly café. Note the route is easy walking except for one steep section in the long version which may be difficult for those not so fit or unsteady on their feet.

Start/Finish - Gowrie shops, Jeffries Street
Time/Distance - Allow 90 minutes/approx 5-6 km (short option allow 30 minutes/approx 2 km)

Off lead rating - ♥♥♥
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Hughes walk summary

Hughes provides an easy, pleasant walking experience with a variety of suburban and park experiences. The walk offers substantial off leash opportunities for dogs, and humans can enjoy sweeping westerly views over Woden Valley to the Brindabella mountains. A large off leash playing field near the beginning of the walk is perfect for dogs to burn off some steam, before the route continues on pretty paths through informal and bush-like parks. The walk starts and ends at the Hughes shops featuring one of our favourite dog friendly cafés. Note there is a gentle, but sustained uphill section.

Start/Finish - Hughes shops, Hughes Place
Time/Distance - Allow 75 minutes/4-5 km

Off lead rating - ♥♥
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Hughes pram friendly walk summary

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Hughes is so pleasant and dog friendly, we designed this fully paved, pram friendly version of our Hughes walk. It's an even easier walk than the 'full' Hughes version, providing a variety of suburban and park experiences with substantial off leash opportunities. A large green playing field near the beginning of the walk is perfect for energetic ball games, before the route continues on pretty paths meandering through informal parks. The walk starts and ends at the Hughes shops featuring one of our favourite dog friendly cafés. Note there is a gentle, but sustained uphill section.

Start/Finish - Hughes shops, Hughes Place
Time/Distance - Allow 45 minutes/2.5 km

Off lead rating - ♥♥
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Kingston-Griffith walk summary

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The best of Canberra's 'inner south' is featured on this varied walk meandering through attractive suburban streets, past heritage listed cottages, and through very pretty parks. The abundant tall mature trees throughout the route make this a shady option in summer and very colourful in autumn. There are relatively limited off leash opportunities but these are in generous, green spaces perfect for dogs to burn off excess energy. The streets have very wide verges where some locals allow well behaved, obedient dogs off leash for longer periods. The walk starts and ends at the Kingston shops boasting several dog friendly cafés in Green Square.

Start/Finish - Kingston shops, Eyre Street
Time/Distance - Allow 75 minutes/approx 4.75 km

Off lead rating - ♥
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Kingston pram friendly walk summary

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This fully paved, pram friendly walk meanders through attractive suburban streets, past heritage listed cottages, and through very pretty parks. The abundant tall mature trees throughout the route make this a shady option in summer and very colourful in autumn. There are relatively limited off-leash opportunities but there is access to a generous, off leash green space perfect for dogs to burn off excess energy. The streets have very wide verges where some locals allow well behaved, obedient dogs off leash for longer periods. The walk starts and ends at the Kingston shops boasting several dog friendly and pram friendly cafés in Green Square.

Start/Finish - Kingston shops, Eyre Street
Time/Distance - Allow 45 minutes/approx 3 km

Off lead rating - ♥
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Lake Ginninderra pram friendly walk summary

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If any walk exemplifies family friendly, this is it. A very pretty, fully paved, pram friendly, short and generally flat walk, the route loops around the edge of a small peninsula jutting into Lake Ginninderra. The peninsula is entirely covered by a lovely park - Diddams Close Park - featuring mature eucalypts and exotic trees around the lake edge and grassland in the centre. The outer edge of the peninsula along the lake shore is an off leash area, providing ample opportunities for your dog to explore interesting smells in the eucalyptus understorey and amongst the water reeds. The fully fenced Belconnen Dog Park is located at the beginning of the walk and there is a dog swimming beach opposite. No cafés here unfortunately but ample picnic tables and barbecue facilities, plus playgrounds for the kids.

Start/Finish - Eastern end of Diddams Close
Time/Distance - Allow 45 minutes/approx 2.5 km

Off lead rating - ♥♥
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Lyneham-O'Connor walk summary

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A mainly suburban offering, this walk takes a varied, meandering route through some of Lyneham and O'Connor's prettiest and quietest tree-lined streets. You'll see a wide range of housing from 1940s weatherboards - including the famous Tocumwal houses - to ultra-modern minimalist designs. The walk includes several large playing fields for energetic ball games as well as some other off leash opportunities. Most streets have generous wide verges where some locals walk their obedient dogs off leash but otherwise there is a sustained on leash section. The walk starts and ends at the Lyneham shops with dog friendly cafés on Wattle Street.

Start/Finish - Lyneham shops, Hall Street
Time/Distance - Allow 90 minutes/approx 5 km

Off lead rating - ♥♥
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Manuka-Griffith walk summary

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One of our shorter walks, this ultra pretty and easy route follows a series of linked off leash parks featuring mature exotic trees that are just gorgeous in autumn - as illustrated by this photo. There are plenty of open green spaces for dogs to play, opportunities for creek paddles, and a high likelihood of meeting other dogs. It can be walked in around 35 minutes without pause but the extensive parks invite lots of dawdling. The walk starts and ends at Griffith Park behind the Manuka shopping centre which has several cafés with outdoor tables that welcome dogs.

Start/Finish - Griffith Park from Murray Crescent
Time/Distance - Allow 45 minutes/approx 2.5 km

Off lead rating - ♥♥
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Queanbeyan-Oaks Estate walk summary

Enjoy rural river views and heritage cottages on this very pretty, easy walk straddling the ACT and NSW borders. The route comprises a wander along Queanbeyan and Oaks Estate streets past heritage cottages; a very safe off leash stretch by the Molonglo and Queanbeyan Rivers (incorporating the Oaks Estate Heritage Walk) with several shallow spots for dogs to have a paddle; and a detour past Queanbeyan's historic Riverside Cemetery where notable Canberra and Queanbeyan figures are buried. Several sections of the walk are shaded by large, mature trees. The walk starts and ends in the centre of Queanbeyan in a public park opposite a dog friendly café.

Start/Finish - Cnr Morisset and Collett Streets
Time/Distance - Allow 90 minutes/approx 4.5 km

Off lead rating - ♥♥
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Watson walk summary

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Modest Watson is a quiet, older suburb unjustly overlooked. This walk follows a pleasant, flat, simple to navigate, and relatively short walk that still provides ample off leash opportunities for dogs. The route follows a series of interconnecting informal parks and includes a large, open sports ground for energetic ball games at the beginning and end of the walk. It can be completed easily in around 40 minutes but some additional meandering could stretch it to an hour. The walk starts and ends at the small but inviting Watson shops where there are several dog friendly coffee/eating options including a serious cafe/bar, a bistro and a takeaway joint - all with outdoor tables.

Start/Finish - Watson shops, Watson Place
Time/Distance - Allow 45 minutes/approx 2.5 km

Off lead rating - ♥♥
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Yarralumla walk summary

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Yarralumla is our very favourite Canberra suburb (no, we don't live here!). This extremely pretty walk showcases the best Yarralumla has to offer, meandering through parts of Westbourne Woods, past Government House, along the shore of Lake Burley Griffin, and past the fully fenced Yarralumla Dog Park. The mostly shady route makes it a great summer walk; it's also stunning in autumn. A short detour provides a lake swim. There are good off leash opportunities but there is a long on leash section along a path shared with cyclists. The walk starts and ends at the Yarralumla shops which has several dog friendly café options.

Start/Finish - Yarralumla shops, Bentham Street
Time/Distance - Allow 90 minutes/approx 5.2 km

Off lead rating - ♥♥
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Yarralumla pram friendly walk summary

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A hidden gem, family friendly Weston Park in Yarralulmla provides the setting for this pretty and generally flat walk. The route meanders around the peninsula of Weston Park featuring mature native and exotic trees, lovely lake views, children's playgrounds and lots of picnic tables. Dogs must be on leash but the walk starts and ends at the fully fenced Yarralumla Dog Park where you can give your dog the opportunity to play off leash and socialise with other dogs. There is also a dog off leash swimming spot very close to the dog park. The route passes a dog friendly café, or you can drive/walk to the nearby Yarralumla shops for other cafes.

Start/Finish - Corner of Banks and Brown Streets
Time/Distance - Allow 60 minutes/approx 4 km

Off lead rating - ♥
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