Exploring Canberra’s parks just got easier


Head to Eddison Park in Woden and play a round of Disc Golf.

Canberranians love spending time outdoors and with over 160,000 hectares of parkland at our disposal, there are plenty of places to explore.

With the newly updated “Find a Park” webpage, finding your favorite playground or park has never been easier.

The “Find a Park” search engine allows users to search by neighborhood, activity or feature.

Activities you can look for include dog walking, disc golf, table tennis, bird watching, biking, swimming and many more.

If you’re looking for a more relaxing park excursion, you can use the “Features” tab to find parks with barbecues, cafes, gazebos, and restrooms.

Each park has its own page with to-do lists, available hiking trails, and natural values. You can explore what you can see in this park, what’s allowed and what’s not allowed and get directions, all before you leave home.

Below we’ve selected a park in each region with a fun feature or activity you can research on the website.

Gungahlin

The Moncrieff community recreational playground is bright and colorful

Park: Moncrieff Community Recreation Park

Activity: Table tennis

For a colorful park with plenty of amenities, look no further than Moncrieff Community Leisure Park.

Pack up your paddle (table tennis racket) and challenge a friend to a game. Celebrate your victory or heal your loss over a barbecue or picnic.

Moncrieff Community Recreation Park can be accessed from O’Keefe Avenue or Bon Scott Crescent in Moncrieff. Parking is available next to Bon Scott Crescent.

Tuggeranong

A view of Tuggeranong from Mount Taylor

Park: Mount Taylor Nature Reserve

Activity: Walking and running

An icon of the southern skyline, 856-metre-high Mount Taylor offers some of the best views in Canberra, provided you’re willing to work for them.

With trail upgrades ending in late 2021, climbing to the top of Kambah has never looked so good. Follow the freshly sealed path from the Sulwood Drive parking lot, stop to rest on a bench with a view, and scale the summit for a sensational sense of accomplishment.

Central

A path leading to the top of Black Mountain Nature Reserve

Park: Montagne Noire Nature Reserve

Activity: Nature observation

There is so much more to see on Black Mountain than the Telstra Tower.

This picturesque peak is home to more than 660 species of plants, including 60 species of orchids and around 40 rare species. It’s also the perfect place to spot gang-gang cockatoos, scarlet blackbirds, and other iconic local birds.

Take the 2km Forest Loop Track to see another side of the mountain, or sweat it out on the summit track, which was improved last year to combat erosion.

Woden, Weston Creek and Molonglo Valley

A disc golf net at Eddison Park

Park: Eddison District Park

Activity: Disc Golf

One of four parks in Canberra with disc golf facilities, Eddison District Park has something for everyone.

Situated along the eastern edge of Woden town center you will also find a skate park, playground equipment, fitness stations, shot put stations and a fixed orienteering course – if disc golf is not available. not your cup of tea.

If a frisbee shot is how you want to spend your leisure time, you can find everything you need to know about the game here: https://www.parks.act.gov.au/things-to- do/ disc golf

Eddison District Park can be accessed via Launceston Street at Phillip.

Belconnen

A person walks along a trail in Bruce Ridge

Park: Bruce Ridge

Activity: mountain biking

There are two ways to experience Bruce Ridge: fast and slow.

If you are hungry for adrenaline, then take a ride on the mountain bike trails that wind between the trees and crisscross this 98-hectare reserve. Routes are named and marked throughout the reserve to prevent you from getting lost, and mixed-use management trails make it easy to travel between tracks.

Or if you’re looking for a quiet adventure, take an after-work bush walk through the open forest. Bring your dog on a leash, keep an eye out for Canberra’s rare orchids, and forget you’re only 5 minutes from downtown.

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