Section 7 – Tuggeranong Town Centre to Parliament House

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Map of Section 7 from Tuggeranong Town Centre to Parliament House (PDF 1.1MB)

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 28 km approx 9.5 hours*
Ride 25.6 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.

Points of interest along this section include:

  • Tuggeranong Town Centre
  • Isaacs Ridge Nature Reserve
  • Red Hill Nature Reserve
  • Summit of Red Hill for walkers only.

Note:
Rose Cottage Horse Paddocks - The section of trail that leads through the Rose Cottage Horse Paddocks may be diverted during times of grazing. Please follow the alternate route in this area as marked by temporary signage during these times.

Discoveries

New Towns—Canberra Planned Suburbs

Tuggeranong emerged in 1973, the third of Canberra's planned 'new towns'. The dry stone wall not far from here is a reminder that this was once the edge of large pastoral landholdings.

Carefully laid out in the open fields of the Isabella Plains, Tuggeranong was established with a town centre focused around the created Lake Tuggeranong.

To many, the new towns were ideal. The ordered streets and houses were a refreshing change from the narrow streets and cramped housing of Australia's older cities.

One hundred years on and cities have a changing relationship with their outer suburbs. Walking through Tuggeranong's suburbs you might like to think about the continued expansion of Canberra over the next 100 years.

View of the Brindabella Hills in 1974

View of the Brindabella Hills in 1974 as the new suburb was being developed.
Credit:Unknown, View of Woden and Tuggeranong from the hills, 1974. From the collection of the National Archives of Australia. NAA: A6180, 18/2/74/3.

Between the suburbs - Canberra's Remnant Native Woodlands

This part of the trail follows the suburbs of Tuggeranong to Isaacs Ridge and Mount Mugga Mugga Nature Reserve. The lower slopes of Mount Mugga Mugga are part of the nationally endangered Box Gum woodland ecological community that survives across the ACT.

Box-Gum woodlands once covered large areas of the lower slopes of the eastern Australian tablelands from Queensland to Victoria. These open landscapes with grassy ground cover were likely the result of Aboriginal land management practices and were highly valued by early pastoralists.  Land clearing and grazing damage the carefully balanced ecological communities; and today few areas of intact woodland remain.

The nature reserves in this area are part of the Canberra Nature Park. An important part of our city's planning, the Canberra Nature Park forms a network throughout urban Canberra and protects native ecosystems like the grassy woodlands.
Seasonal finds in the grassy woodlands

Seasonal finds in the grassy woodlands. Photographer Carolyn Young's images capture the diversity of the woodlands as well as the invasive weeds threatening their survival.

Credit: Carolyn Young, Grassy Woodlands, 2013. Image reproduced with permission of the artist

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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.