Section 5 – Black Mountain to Stromlo Forest Park
|Walk 21.1 km||approx 7 hours*|
|Ride 20 km||approx 2 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:
- summit of Black Mountain for walkers only
- Aranda Bushlands
- Cork Oak Plantation, National Arboretum Canberra
- Visitors Centre National Arboretum Canberra
- ACT Bushfire Memorial
- Stromlo Forest Park.
William Hovell Drive Underpass
Please note you will be sharing this narrow underpass with horse riders. Some horses are easily frightened by bicycles. A frightened horse can be a danger to its rider and to you.
Sport—Canberra's National Facilities
Today, Canberra residents can enjoy sports at both the local and national levels of competition.
It wasn't until well into the 1920s that community sporting clubs and facilities were developed and made available for public use. The booming number of public servants and their families arriving from Melbourne in 1927 put pressure on the Federal Capital Commission to provide amenities that would turn the new settlement into a community.
Sports ovals, tennis courts, a golf course, racing track and river swimming hole featured in the early suburban settlement around Acton. Modern Canberra suburbs now feature public sports facilities as a part of their planned design.
As the National Capital, Canberra is also home to the world class Australian Institute of Sport at Bruce, and Stromlo Forest Park which hosted the 2009 UCI Mountain Bike & Trials World Championships.image
In the 1920s, women in Canberra were outnumbered by men, three to one. A Women's Sports Association was formed in 1927 to lobby for sporting facilities. Above, the then Prime Minister's wife, Margaret Whitlam, opens the 1973 season of the Canberra Croquet Club.
Credit: Canberra Croquet Club Records. From the collection of ACT Heritage Library, HMSS 0084.
For the latest weather conditions on the Centenary Trail view the BOM website.
For information on fire risk in the region view the Emergency Services Agency website.
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.
Canberra Centenary Trail is managed by Parks and Conservation Service.
Online: Access Canberra
Telephone: Access Canberra 13 22 81
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.