Section 6 – Stromlo Forest Park to Tuggeranong Town Centre

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Map of Section 6 from Stromlo Forest Park to Tuggeranong Town Centre (PDF 1.2MB)

Cycling map of Sections 6 & 7 from Stromlo Forest Park to Parliament House (PDF 5MB)

If you would like a large detailed hard copy map please contact TAMSCentenaryTrail@act.gov.au and leave your name and postal address.

Distance Time
Walk 21.1 km approx 7 hours*
Ride 20 km approx 2.5 hours**

*Approximate walk times are calculated at 3km/hour.  Allow more time for stops if required. 
**Approximate ride times are calculated in accordance with the terrain and rates vary from 8km/hour to 12km/hour.

There are some steeper sections of track along Section 6 that may be unsuitable for younger or less skilled cyclists. The majority of this section of trail along the Murrumbidgee River has a difficulty rating, under the International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) Trail Difficulty Rating System, of easy with some sections of intermediate. Intermediate trails are described under the rating system as having some steep sections of maximum 20% grade and some sections of rocky or loose tread.  In these areas a good standard of fitness is required. Consider your ability and that of your group before heading out and be prepared to dismount if concerned about the trail grade.

There are also a number of locked gates within the reserve area along the Murrumbidgee River and cyclists are required to lift their bikes over the gates at these points. The number of locked gates required in this section is currently under review.

Points of interest along the section include:

  • Cooleman Ridge Nature Reserve
  • Kambah Pool and the Murrumbidgee River, Bullen Range Nature Reserve
  • Red Rocks Gorge
  • Tuggeranong Wall

Discoveries

Mount Arawang Trig 

Trigonometric (trig) stations like the one at the top of Mount Arawang can be found on hilltops throughout the ACT. 
The characteristic white metal quadripods with black discs above were installed in the 1970s as part of the ACT Precision Zone, a national geodetic survey. The ACT Precision Zone and its associated marks have been the main surveying infrastructure for all new development in the ACT since the early 1970s. 
Survey practice at the time involved setting over ground marks and reading angles to other marks using theodolites. The quadripod is a considerable advantage over other systems. Old rock cairn trigs needed to be dismantled to expose the ground mark before any angle observations could take place. The advantage of the ACT quadripod design is that it allows a surveyor to set up over a mark cited directly under the quadripod. Highly accurate, they remain a distinctive feature of the ACT's hilltops.
The Arawang trig station was established for the surveying of the Tuggeranong sewer tunnel. The trig station and Mount Arawang take their name from a homestead located nearby.

Skylarking or conducting repairs, these men are atop of the now long gone timber trig beacon at Mount Ainslie in 1925.

Credit: Unknown, Trig Station on Top of Mount Ainslie, Canberra, c.1925. From the collection of National Library of Australia. NLA: nla.pic-vn4599699..

Once the Legal Limit of Settlement

The Murrumbidgee River, with the Brindabella Range beyond, once formed a formidable barrier for travel and settlement. For a long time this was the limit of the region's pastoral settlement. The river marked the edge of the County of Murray and the boundary for legal occupation by pastoral settlement.

It was only after 1836 that settlers could legally lease land on the other side of the Murrumbidgee. Those who did had few safe places to cross the unpredictable river. Residents lobbied for a bridge to be built nearby at Red Rocks Gorge, but the site of Tharwa, further south, was chosen.

Now located within the Murrumbidgee River Corridor, the Bullen Range Nature Reserve remains a tranquil place where the beauty of Canberra's changing landscapes can be appreciated.

Swimming or picnicking at Kambah Pool is a Canberra tradition. This picture shows a group of walkers enjoying the area in 1928.
Credit: Unknown, Murrumbidgee River downstream from Kambah pool with a group of walkers. From the collection of the National Archives of Australia. NAA: A3560, 4885.

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Weather

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Fire risk

For information on fire risk in the region view the Emergency Services Agency website.

Stay safe

All trail users should consider the following:

  • your fitness level and that of others with you
  • tell someone where you are going
  • carry plenty of water
  • take healthy snacks such as fruit, nuts and seeds
  • carry a map or information sheet
  • carry a mobile phone
  • take a waterproof jacket
  • wear comfortable and sturdy walking shoes
  • wear a broad brimmed hat, long sleeves and sunscreen
  • make transport arrangement for the start and end points.

Contact Us

Canberra Centenary Trail is managed by Parks and Conservation Service.
Email: TAMSCentenaryTrail@act.gov.au
Telephone: Access Canberra 13 22 81
Postal Address:
Centenary Trail Officer
ACT Parks and Conservation Service
GPO Box 158
Canberra ACT 2601
To report a maintenance or land management issue please visit Fix My Street.