Blue Tiles Walking Trail (Molonglo Gorge)

2 h to 3 h 15 min

6.5 km
return

↑ 228 m
↓ -228 m

Hard track
The Blue Tiles Walking Trail (Molonglo Gorge), located in Molonglo Gorge Nature Reserve, starts from Molonglo Gorge Road exploring the riverside to the picnic area near the crossing of Blue Tiles Road and River Road. The track follows the river all the way through, so you’ll be accompanied by the relaxing sound of the stream throughout the journey. A fellow train may also pass by and add to your experience as the track is opposite of the railways across the river. Ending in a picnic area with a lovely view of nature, freshly sprouted wildflowers can be a nice little surprise for the hikers visiting in spring. Beware of the rocky & narrow start and the steep declines as it can be challenging for some. Additionally, there might be a weed spraying in progress so refrain from eating anything you find along the way. 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.
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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
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.
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Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start At the intersection of Molonglo Gorge Road & Blue Tiles Walking Trail (-35.3288186,149.249533)
Mode Car
DirectionsFrom Monaro Highway, A23
  • Turn on to Hindmarsh Drive Offramp then drive for 275 m
  • Keep left and drive for another 1.3 km
  • Turn right onto Canberra Avenue and drive for another 2.7 km
  • Keep left onto Norse Road and drive for another 500 m
  • Keep left and drive for another 160 m
  • Turn right onto Spongolite Street and drive for another 480 m
  • Turn right onto Copper Crescent and drive for another 125 m
  • Turn left onto Railway Street and drive for another 710 m
  • Turn left onto Oaks Estate Road and drive for another 1.7 km
  • Turn right onto Pialligo Avenue and drive for another 560 m
  • Keep left and drive for another 135 m
  • Turn slight left onto Sutton Road and drive for another 1.4 km
  • Turn right onto Kowen Road and drive for another 1.6 km
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Molonglo Gorge Road & Blue Tiles Walking Trail Start heading along Blue Tiles Walking Trail (a walking track).
Then pass the BBQ (35 m on your left).
After 50 m pass the toilet (45 m on your left).
Continue another 3.3 km to find the end. Then turn around here and retrace the main route for 3.2 km to get back to the start.
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Terrain
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Blue Tiles Walking Trail (Molonglo Gorge)


Grading
Class 4/6
Hard track
Length 6.5 km
Time 2 h to 3 h 15 min
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gradient Gentle hills with occasional steps (2/6)
Signage Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged) (4/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)

Some facilities on route
Toilet: There is one -90 m back from the start.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Toilet
-90 m[toilet]
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