Starting from Stromlo Forest Park Carpark, Stromlo, this walk takes you on a circuit in the eastern part of Stromlo Forest via various walking and mountain bike tracks. Stromlo Forest Park is a world-class multi-use facility which has a MTB Park, cross-country running tracks, walking tracks and equestrian trails. Therefore, you can come here multiple times and make every experience different from each other. The gorgeous dense forest filled with wild animals such as kangaroos and magpies, is guaranteed to be a highlight whether you’re riding or on foot. Considering it’s just a 15 minute scenic drive from the city centre of Canberra, it can be a go-to destination for you and your family. You may run into snakes during your hike/ride, just leave them be and they’ll probably go away. Keep in mind that the facility closes at 9PM in Daylight Savings Time, and 6PM otherwise. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
Turn on to Cotter Road Offramp then drive for 450 m
Keep right onto Cotter Road Offramp and drive for another 70 m
Turn right onto Cotter Road and drive for another 2.3 km
Continue onto John Gorton Drive and drive for another 1.7 km
Keep left and drive for another 60 m
Turn left onto Opperman Avenue and drive for another 135 m
At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Opperman Avenue and drive for another 325 m
At roundabout, take exit 1 onto Dave McInnes Road and drive for another 95 m
At roundabout, take exit 1 onto Dave McInnes Road and drive for another 325 m
Continue onto Dave McInnes Road and drive for another 320 m
Turn right and drive for another 160 m
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started From the southwest corner of Stromlo Forest Park Carpark on Dave McInnes Road, head towards the dirt/grass roundabout marked with multiple signposts, moving directly away from the road. Turn left as you come to the said roundabout and join the dirt track, moving parallel to the road. Head towards the tunnel, and then straight towards the woodland as you come out of the said tunnel to continue along Stromlo Forest Park Mini Circuit.....
Directions & comments
After another 7 m turn left.
Find the Start/Finish at the start.
After another 25 m continue straight.
After another 30 m pass the "Handle Bar" (100 m on your left).
Then head through the tunnel (about 10 m long)
After another 70 m cross the bridge (about 8 m long)
After another 20 m continue straight, to head along Paparazzi.
After another 180 m (at the intersection of Fenceline & Dusty Critter) turn right (a vehicle track).
After another 65 m continue straight.
After another 140 m continue straight.
After another 145 m pass the picnic table (35 m on your right).
After another 165 m continue straight.
After another 35 m turn left.
After another 255 m continue straight.
After another 265 m turn right.
After another 40 m turn sharp left, to head along Blue Gums.
After another 130 m (at the intersection of Blue Gums & Cardiac Arrest) veer right, to head along Cardiac Arrest.
After another 900 m turn right.
After another 30 m (at the intersection of Downhill - GLOC & Downhill - Triple Treat) turn right, to head along Downhill - Triple Treat.
After another 225 m (at the intersection of Downhill - Triple Treat & Forest Trail) continue straight, to head along Downhill - Triple Treat.
After another 280 m continue straight, to head along Downhill - Triple Treat.
After another 75 m continue straight, to head along Downhill - Triple Treat.
After another 10 m pass a seat (15 m on your right)., has no backrest.
After another 35 m veer left, to head along Downhill - Triple Treat.
After another 145 m continue straight.
After another 85 m turn right.
After another 30 m (at the intersection of Fenceline & Cockatoo Switchbacks) turn left, to head along Rascals.
After another 185 m veer left, to head along Rascals.
After another 240 m head through the tunnel (about 10 m long)
After another 70 m (at the intersection of Old Duffy Descent & Rascals) veer right, to head along Old Duffy Descent.
After another 4 m come to the end.
Know the Hills, grading & facilities
Stromlo Forest Park Mini Circuit
1 h 15 min to 2 h
Quality of track
Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Short steep hills (3/6)
Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (2/6)
Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)