Section 3 – Northern Border Campsite to Hall Village

Map of Section 3 from Northern Border Campsite to Hall Village (PDF 954 KB)

Cycling map of Sections 1,2 & 3 from Parliament House to Hall Village (PDF 5MB)

Walk 14.5 kmapprox 5 hours*
Ride 13.5 kmapprox 1.5 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.

The Northern Link - Distance from Forde to Hall Village
Please note that the distance from Forde to Hall Village is a total of 19km excluding the up and back walk to One Tree Hill summit. If you include the summit walk, the total distance is close to 20kms. The 14.5km distance listed above is the distance from the Northern Border Campsite (approximately 6km from Forde) to Hall Village including the summit track.

Important Information:

  • There is no access to Gungahlin from this section of the 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 – Forde to hall Village.
  • This trail section is located in a fire risk area, always check fire risk levels before setting out on the ESA website.

If moving anti-clockwise, Section 3 takes walkers and cyclists from the Northern Border Campsite to Hall Village.

Points of interest along this section include:

  • ACT border markers
  • One Tree Hill summit for walkers only

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Planning the Capital—Surveyor's Stories

One Tree Hill has a special significance for the surveyors, past and present, who have helped to shape our National Capital. It played a vital role in the first surveys of the Canberra area; by Robert Dixon in 1829 and Robert Hoddle in 1832. Dixon and Hoddle were sent from Sydney to survey the first land grants in the Canberra region. They used One Tree Hill as a high point from which to review the area and a landmark from which they could get their bearings.

Many decades later, One Tree Hill was visited by Charles Scrivener at the start of an even more important survey. Scrivener was chosen by the Commonwealth Government in late 1908 to make 'a thorough topographical investigation of the Yass-Canberra district' in order to establish the best site for the Nation's Capital. As Minister for Home Affairs, Hugh Mahon instructed Scrivener to 'bear in mind that the Federal Capital should be a beautiful city ...   embracing distinctive features which will lend themselves to the evolution of a design worthy of the object, not only for the present, but for all time ...'

The view of the Molonglo Valley from this point influenced Scrivener's recommendations on the boundaries of the Capital Territory and the site for the future city of Canberra.

Percy Sheaffe, one of the surveyors appointed by Scrivener to survey the ACT border, started from Mount Coree in May 1910 and took several months to mark the straight line between there and here. Sheaffe later wrote of the ACT border survey: 'In places the country encountered was so rough that the party carrying out the survey had to crawl on all fours, measure over precipices, and descend in one mile about 1,500 feet.'

As well as being a 'corner' in the ACT border, One Tree Hill became part of a network of hilltop trigonometric (trig) stations. During the late nineteenth and much of the twentieth century, surveyors used theodolites and the triangulation method to survey these trig stations which can still be found across most of Australia.

Photo of Charles Scrivener 1855 -1923.

Photo of Charles Scrivener 1855 -1923. Text and image supplied by the Surveying and Special Sciences Institute.

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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.
Online: Access Canberra
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.