Canberra has another brilliant bush trail for walkers

The Australian National Botanic Gardens has made its latest vision under its 20-year Master Plan a reality – Canberra has a brand new bushland nature walk through the Gardens’ Black Mountain Bushland Precinct.

This innovative project means you can take an easy 2.2 kilometres return walk on a purpose-built trail to explore the plants and animals of Black Mountain.

Australian National Botanic Gardens Executive Director Dr Judy West said the trail opened up a world of wonders to the almost 450,000 domestic and international guests who visit each year.

“The Gardens are truly alive this summer, so we’re pleased to add another experience to the many we already have on offer,” Dr West said.

“This new purpose-built trail takes you through our 40-hectare Black Mountain Bushland Precinct for the first time. It’s suitable for all the family and provides information along the way about the plants and animals of this special region of Canberra.”

Executive Director of VisitCanberra, Ian Hill, said the trail offered a special experience for both domestic and international visitors to the nation’s capital.

“Along the trail you’ll experience some of the best views across Canberra, Lake Burley Griffin and the Parliamentary Triangle,” Mr Hill said.

“This trail is an excellent addition to Canberra’s extensive list of beautiful walking tracks, providing yet another opportunity for visitors and locals to explore one of our iconic nature based experiences.”

The trail was also constructed with assistance from the ACT Government’s Tourism Demand Driver Infrastructure Program.

The 2.2 kilometre Bushland Nature Walk is in the Australian National Botanic Gardens’ Black Mountain Bushland Precinct on the southern side of Black Mountain Drive. Parking is available in the Gardens’ car park.