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Canberra and the Great Outdoors

Great City Views

View the layout of Canberra from up high and take in many of the attractions and mountain ranges surrounding the city. Drive, cycle, walk or even run up Mount Ainslie to get a magnificent perspective of how architect Walter Burley Griffin’s plan for Canberra has come to life through its buildings and monuments. The National Arboretum Canberra offers great views across Lake Burley Griffin and west towards Mount Stromlo. At Red Hill, look out over many of our national icons south of the city centre. Follow one of the walking tracks on Black Mountain for picture perfect views or head up to the 195-metre Telstra Tower (fees apply) for a spectacular 360-degree outlook.

Hot Air Ballooning

There’s no better way to fully appreciate the capital’s charm than from a hot air balloon as the early morning sun fills the valley and lakes with soft morning light. Balloon Aloft and Dawn Drifters will have you drifting peacefully over the city — one of the only places in the world where you can get the chance to fly directly over a Parliament House. Watch the spectacle of the annual mass lift off of hot air balloons at the Canberra Balloon Spectacular in March.

Admission charge

Corin Forest

Corin Forest brings a modern alpine experience to the outskirts of Canberra, offering a snow play area in winter less than an hour from the heart of the city. The Corin Forest Mountain Resort is located in the Tidbinbilla Mountain Ranges, a 45-minute drive from central Canberra, and provides alpine adventure year round. In the summertime visitors can bushwalk, mountain bike, ride on the exhilarating Alpine Slide that descends through the forest or enjoy a picnic. In winter, Corin is the perfect setting for Canberra’s only snow experience with snow play and tobogganing. Snowmaking facilities operate depending on weather conditions.

Some charges apply

Stromlo Forest Park

Stromlo Forest Park to the west of the city is a multi-sport venue used for cycling (mountain bikes and criterium racing), equestrian, cross country running and hiking. It’s one of Australia’s best mountain bike venues and has hosted world championship and world cup events. At the top of the mountain is the Mt Stromlo Observatory, part of the Australian National University.

Centenary Trail

Walkers, cyclists and nature lovers can experience the best of Canberra’s urban and natural environments on the Centenary Trail, a legacy of Canberra’s 100th birthday celebrations. The 145-kilometre self-guided trail loops around the ACT, is family friendly and can be experienced in sections. For those keen to tackle the whole trail, it will take about seven days averaging 20-kilometres per day.

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