Red Hill Nature Reserve Circuit

3 h to 4 h

10.2 km
circuit

↑ 330 m
↓ -330 m

Moderate track
Starting from the car park near Mugga Way, Red Hill, this circuit walk takes you to almost all of the featured attractions and viewpoints in Red Hill Nature Reserve. The Tardis? Check. A restaurant with the view capacity of a lookout point? Check. Along with these, you’ll also visit Davidson Hill, which will provide you panoramic views over southern Canberra. Throw in a couple of creek crossings with kangaroos and singing birds around, and you’re in for a journey. The area tends to be busy on the weekends, so try to schedule it on a weekday if you want to avoid the crowd. 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 (-35.3351755,149.1215238)
Mode Car
DirectionsFrom Melbourne Avenue
  • Turn on to Stonehaven Crescent then drive for 2.1 km
  • Turn right and drive for another 85 m
  • Turn right and drive for another 40 m
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
Starting from the car park on Mugga Way(235 metres south of intersection with La Perouse Street), head towards the “Canberra Nature Park Red Hill” signpost next to the gate. Keep the fenceline to your right as you pass by the said signpost and the gate as you head along the dirt fire trail. Keep moving parallel to the fenceline to continue along Red Hill Nature Reserve Circuit.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 20 m veer left.
After another 20 m continue straight.
After another 700 m (at the intersection of Powerline East Track & Tamar Track) continue straight, to head along Tamar Track.
After another 290 m head through/around the gate.
After another 180 m continue straight, to head along Tamar Track.
After another 185 m continue straight, to head along Tamar Track.
After another 85 m turn right.
After another 125 m continue straight.
After another 65 m head through the bicycle barrier.
After another 750 m turn right.
Then head through/around the gate.
After another 440 m continue straight.
After another 120 m continue straight.
After another 70 m continue straight.
After another 340 m turn right.
After another 170 m pass the "Davidson Hill" (on your right).
Turn right.
After another 520 m turn left.
After another 160 m continue straight.
The starting point of an alternate access track. An alternate access point from/to Brereton Street, Garran. Details below.
After another 100 m turn sharp right.
After another 95 m continue straight.
After another 35 m turn sharp left, to head along Gowrie Drive.
After another 15 m turn right.
After another 540 m veer right.
After another 50 m turn left, to head along Old Federal Golf Track.
After another 10 m head through/around the gate.
After another 680 m continue straight, to head along Old Federal Golf Track.
After another 180 m continue straight, to head along Old Federal Golf Track.
After another 20 m veer right.
After another 195 m turn right.
After another 325 m continue straight.
After another 125 m turn right.
After another 220 m continue straight.
After another 130 m veer right.
After another 175 m veer right.
After another 460 m cross the ford.
After another 440 m continue straight.
After another 180 m veer right.
After another 45 m continue straight.
After another 380 m turn left, to head along Red Hill Drive.
After another 35 m come to the "Red Hill Lookout" (65 m on your right).
After another 350 m continue straight.
After another 180 m come to the viewpoint (15 m on your right).
Then come to the viewpoint (10 m on your left).
After another 4 m turn left, to head along Red Hill Drive.
After another 15 m pass the "Onred restaurant" (5 m on your left).
After another 10 m veer right.
After another 50 m pass the toilet (7 m on your right).
This toilet is wheelchair accessible.
Turn left.
Then head up the earthen steps (about 370 m long)
Then pass the picnic table (on your left).
After another 350 m turn right.
After another 135 m continue straight.
After another 265 m cross the ford.
After another 120 m cross the ford.
After another 160 m turn sharp left.
After another 20 m come to the end.

Turn map Directions & comments
Start heading along Hindmarsh Track.
After another 15 m (at the intersection of Hindmarsh Track & Garran Fire Trail) continue straight, to head along Hindmarsh Track.
After another 9 m continue straight, to head along Hindmarsh Track.
After another 6 m come to the end.
A gate.

An alternate access point from/to Brereton Street, Garran.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 20 m come to the end.
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Terrain
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Red Hill Nature Reserve Circuit


Grading
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 10.2 km
Time 3 h to 4 h
Quality of track Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Signage Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Infrastructure Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (2/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)

Some facilities on route
Toilet: There is one 9.2 km from the start.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Toilet
9.2 km[toilet]
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