Details About Regional Hiking & Cycling Trails
What Can You Expect?
Located in, and bordering the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), Canberra and Queanbeyan are surrounded by stunning natural landscapes that offer endless opportunities for outdoor adventure. From hiking and cycling to picnicking and birdwatching, there is something for everyone to enjoy in this beautiful NSW destination.
Canberra & Queanbeyan Hiking and Walking Trails
Queanbeyan is home to a network of beautiful hiking trails that offer something for everyone. From the challenging Murrumbidgee Discovery Trail, which follows the Murrumbidgee River through grasslands and forests, to the more leisurely Queanbeyan River Walk, which follows the river through the heart of the city, there is a trail to suit every ability and interest. The region is also home to the Mount Jerrabomberra Nature Reserve, which offers a variety of hiking trails through forests, wetlands, and grasslands, and is home to a diverse range of wildlife. So if you're looking for a great outdoor adventure, Queanbeyan has you covered.
This 26km trail follows the Murrumbidgee River, passing through grasslands, and forests. The trail is suitable for walkers and cyclists, and offers a variety of scenery, including wetlands teeming with birdlife and beautiful views of the Brindabella Ranges.
Cycling is permitted at limited points along the trail, but please check signage before you explore Casuarina Sands, Kambah Pool, Red Rocks Gorge, Pine Island and Point Hut Crossing.
Pets & Dog Friendly Areas
For all of our pet friendly hikers, please be aware that dogs are restricted at various points, so check local signage before entering the trail with your furry friend.
The Queanbeyan River is a popular spot for locals to take a leisurely walk, run, or cycle in the morning and for families to gather in the afternoon. Just a short walk from our Golden Age Motor Inn, the riverwalk has several riverside cafes where people can stop for coffee, and there are often events taking place along the riverbank.
The walk along the river includes several scenic spots, as well as the city's first bridge, the Suspension Bridge, built in 1938, and the more recent Queens Bridge, which was opened in 1975.
The Molonglo and Queanbeyan Rivers meet at Oaks Estate, near the Queanbeyan Railway Station, and visitors can combine their walk along the river with the Queanbeyan Public Art Walk to learn more about the region's design and arts scene. The beautiful scenery and native wildlife, including platypus, can also be enjoyed during the walk.
The Queanbeyan River Loop Walk is a challenging walk located in the Googong area of New South Wales, Australia. The walk starts from the London Bridge carpark and follows signage along a management road.
Along the way, visitors have the option to cross the Queanbeyan River at Gelignite Crossing or continue on the original Queanbeyan River Walk, which does not cross the river. If visitors choose to cross the river at Gelignite, they will be completing the Queanbeyan River Loop Walk, which is an additional 900 meters in length.
The loop walk is more difficult than the original walk and is considered one of the hardest walks in the Canberra region due to the ups and downs of the management road and the length of the trail. Wildlife, including wild goats and wombats, can be spotted along the way. The river crossings at Gelignite and Flynn's can be difficult to navigate, depending on the water level. It is recommended that visitors allow at least five hours to complete the walk and that they have a good level of fitness.
Located on the border of New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory, Mount Jerrabomberra offers beautiful views and a great hiking experience. The trailhead can be found at the car park off Jerrabomberra Hill Road, and the walk is suitable for all skill levels and can be enjoyed year-round. The hike begins with a left turn up the hill from the car park, following a well-maintained management road past a large water tank. As you near the summit, you'll encounter a series of stone steps leading to the lookout, which offers panoramic views of Queanbeyan and the surrounding area, including the ACT summits of Black Mountain, Mount Ainslie, and Mount Majura, as well as the distant Brindabellas.
In addition to the stunning views, the walk boasts a diverse range of vegetation and an abundance of birdlife, with wallabies occasionally spotted off the side of the track. The return route can be taken either down the stairs or back down the management road, providing more opportunities to take in the surrounding scenery. Hikers who live in the area also have the option to explore the rest of the reserve via side tracks and alternate routes.
Overall, the Mount Jerrabomberra Summit Walk is a must-do for nature enthusiasts and those seeking a peaceful and picturesque hike. Start at the trailhead car park and make your way up to the summit for unparalleled views and a memorable outdoor experience.
No matter what your interests are, there are plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy in Queanbeyan. From hiking and cycling to picnicking and birdwatching, there is something for everyone to enjoy in this beautiful part of the world.