Section 2 – Watson to Northern Border Campsite

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Map of Section 2 from Watson to Northern Border Campsite (PDF 4.2MB)

Cycling map of Sections 1,2 & 3 from Parliament House to Hall Village (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.

DistanceTime
Walk & Ride 18 km approx 7 hour walk* & 2 hour ride**

*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.

Important Information:

  • The temporary link from Majura Nature Reserve to Horse Park Drive has been closed. The original route is open and sign posted along the Federal Highway past Hughie Edwards and under the Federal Highway into the back of Goorooyaroo. Please follow directional signs in place while our maps are being updated.
  • All users must stay to the formed Centenary Trail route. Shortcutting through nature reserves and private land is not permitted and may lead to trail closures while attempts are made to rectify the issue.
  • There is no vehicle access to the Northern Border Camp ground. Walking and cycling to the site along the trail is the only way to access this remote camp area. Do not attempt to access the campground through private property - trespassers will be prosecuted.
  • There is no access to Gungahlin from the Northern Link - Forde to Hall Village - along the Centenary Trail.  The areas surrounding the trail corridor are private property and trespassers will be prosecuted.
  • No dogs, horses or motorbikes are permitted on the Northern Link.
  • This trail section is located in a high fire risk area, always check fire risk levels on the ESA website before setting out.

Points of interest along this section include:

Discoveries

Commemorative Trees—Living Memorials

Trees are an important part of the story of Canberra. Many have symbolic meanings or commemorate significant national events.

This part of the trail follows a section of the Remembrance Driveway, a planted tribute to Australians who served in the Second World War and subsequent conflicts. Commenced in 1954, it covers a 320 kilometre section of the Federal Highway which links Sydney to Canberra.

The idea of planting street trees as war memorials was promoted in Great Britain following the end of the WWI in 1918. Mrs Margaret Davis established the Garden Club of Australia and championed the concept of a Remembrance Driveway after the conclusion of the WWII. The ambitious project took many years to be implemented and, as a living memorial, continues to evolve.

Concluding at Remembrance Park, behind the Australian War Memorial, the Remembrance Driveway is an integral part of the symbolic landscape of Canberra.

image of Commemorative TreesLiving Memorials

The ambitious project took many years to be established and continues to evolve. This image from 1967 shows one of the many avenues planted along the Federal Highway in Canberra.
Credit: Unknown, Remembrance Drive, Canberra, 31 January 1968. From the collection of the National Archives of Australia. NAA: A7973, INT1010/6.

Ngunnawal Natural Resource Management—Canberra's Woodlands

To Aboriginal people, burning Country is important to maintaining a healthy landscape, regenerating resources, providing accessibility for hunting, and for spiritual and cultural purposes.

The Ngunnawal name for fire is 'Kanbi', and its use was based on a deep understanding of natural systems and cycles. Caring for Country is an essential part of Aboriginal spirituality. These intimate interactions and relationships were maintained through customary lore and stories past down for thousands of generations.

Each member of the community was given the responsibility of different species of plants and animals, called 'Ngulli' (totems). The community worked together as a highly efficient network to observe and maintain the cultural balance of the traditional landscape. The systematic use of Kanbi by Ngunnawal people maintained the open woodlands that shaped the Canberra region.

Today Ngunnawal fire knowledge is being integrated into the bushfire management in the ACT. A return to cultural burning practices is the main management tool being used to protect and ensure the growth of a healthy community of animals, plants and people within the landscape.image caption and credit

Ngunnawal Natural Resource Management

Fire is a critical ecological process in temperate woodlands. Since European settlement, fire regimes have been largely disrupted. Experimental burning is taking place here as part of the woodland restoration.

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Weather

For the latest weather conditions on the Centenary Trail view the BOM website.

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.