Walks References

Walking References

Various References to Walking in the ACT or Related Activities

Canberra Nature Park Special – Self Guided Walks

Mulligans Flat & Goorooyaroo NR’ s TAMS 3 page pdf

Grassy Woodlands Trail in Mulligan Flat brochure

Canberra Nature Park Maps

The Canberra & Queanbeyan Cycling & Walking Map

Namadgi Information & Walking Track brochures

Murrumbidgee River Corridor

Googong Foreshores & TAMS map

Canberra Birds – Ornithologists

Canberra’s Best Bush, Park & City Walks, by Marion Stuart, Woodslane Press, 2010, RRP $29.95. A well designed book with 44 walks with notes and maps. Thanks to Don.

Walking Tours Brochures – National Trust (ACT) – The National Trust (ACT) has prepared a number of brochures for self-guided heritage walks and tours of different areas in Canberra such as Acton; Ainslie; Barton – L Burley Griffin Side; Barton – Manuka Side ; Belconnen – Beyond the L; Belconnen – Around L Ginninderra ; Blandfordia 5 – A Walk though a Suburban Heritage Precinct; Commonwealth & Kings Park – Canberra Central Parklands; Gungahlin – Southern Gungahlin; Hall Village – Heritage Walk; Hall Village; Tuggeranong (Tharwa & Lanyon); Yarralumla. Check the web link above to see the full list and download a brochure

National Trust (ACT) – Northern Centenary Border Walks | Southern Centenary Border Tours – These two brochures provide info about some special walks & drives to locations around the ACT border

Guide and Self Guide Tours – National Capital Authority (NCA) – several interesting self guided walking tours. of note the Lakeside Walk at Burley Griffin, Old Parliament House Gardens, and Anzac Pde walk

Old New Parliament House Landscape and Gardens Walk brochure

Tim the Yowie Man’s Blog | The Great Wall of Watson – worth a walk

Walks in Canberra Neck of the Woods. Blog site by our own Peter Snusher Davis. His site describes 15 walks we could try. We will try some as a memorial to Peter who unfortunately passed away on the 16th July 2010 (aged 64) after a long illness

Johnny Boy’s Walkabout Blog More for the tougher type walking. However John Evan’s blog is an invaluable source of information and advice.  John is also one of the best on using GPS’s with topo maps

Best of the ACT Bushwalk Australia eMagazine Feb 2015 – PDF magazine with articles by John Evans & others on great ACT walks

30 Family Bushwalks in and Around Canberra by Graham Barrow, 2002. More outside Canberra but covers some areas of interest

Walking Canberra’s Hills & Rivers by Graham Barrow, 2006 has 40 bushwalks in Canberra mainly in the hills and nature reserves

Canberra Bushwalks, by Kim Morgan, Kangaroo Press, 1989. Has most of the urban Canberra walks. May be out of date in some areas. Probably get at the Lifeline Books Fair or second hand shops

Rambles Around Canberra by Allan Mortlock & Gillian O’Loughlin NPA (ACT) ANU Press 1977 has 17 walks in Canberra and close by. May be out of date in some areas. Probably get at the Lifeline Books Fair or second hand shops

Green Groups in Canberra Lists of groups who you can work with to improve vegetation on places such as Mt Rogers.

Mt Rogers landcare Seat Notices around Mt Rogers

Mt Rogers landcare group blog

See also Field Naturalists – Canberra and Friends of the Pinnacle and see their links for other local friends groups. See the Dec 2010 newsletter written by Rosemary Bleming of the Mt Rogers landcare Group.

Friends of Aranda Bushland The group we met on an Aranda walk. There is a picture of Ian Falconer under their Guided Walk link as well a pamphlet that can be downloaded.

The Ginninderra Catchment Group Information Email or phone 6278 3309

GPS Information

Google Earth & kml/kmz files

We have been creating a Google Earth GPS kml file (originally kmz) of each walk as well as collating an Annual Walks during a FY kmz file. These are shown in each walk or at the top of the FY page in which the walk was held. These files are a single kml or kmz file, each contains all the walks in that FY. The walks are shown as separate sub folders. Google Earth GPS files comes in a kml format and its cousin the kmz compressed format. Clicking on either of these type of files will open the route/track in Google Earth (you must have it installed. Its free).

If you need to instal Google Earth you can find it here If you open a link to any Google Earth kml or kmz file it will now go to Google Drive and open the file to be viewed in either Google Maps or Satellite view. The view can be fully on line if so desired or downloaded as described below. Viewing on line is easier if Google Earth is too complex or your computer is old or slow. If downloading kml/kmz files you need Google Earth installed on your computer to view such files. You need to save the files to your hard drive. Create a folder under My Documents called say MelbaShed Walks and save them there. With your mouse double click on each file and it will be loaded into Google Earth. It will only be loaded in the folder Temporary Places. To save within your Google Earth you also need to save each to your My Places in Google Earth. To have what you placed into My Places saved so that every time you start Google Earth it is available you must go to File and Select Save > My Places

Google Earth help Centre | Google Earth User Guide | Google Earth Blog

GPS gpx files

Most GPS devices and software will enable GPS data in files to be exchanged in the gpx format. These days all new Garmin devices log and import/export data in this format

You can download GPS data in a range of formats including, gpx, kml, kmz, Oziexplorer plt, etc or direct export to a Garmin device. When registered (its free) you can upload your own trip data

GPSies – Canberra This searches GPSies site for any walking or cycling tracks around Canberra

Map My Walk You need to register for free to use it. This allows you to map your walk online and have it shown on Google Maps. You can import or export in gpx and/or kml format to Garmin or other devices. This site works alongside Map My Rides and you can logon to both with the same logon

Another similar free site used by bikers or walkers is Strava. You can login with your email or Facebook account

For Garmin GPS devices an Australian company also offer a DVD/SD set of Australian road/contour maps that you can load on a PC to work with Garmin’s Mapsource/Basecamp software as well as install on the GPS in an SD card.This is OzTopo

Another Australian Company, OziExplorer, has produced this local software that runs on PC’s Netbooks, Handheld CE devices and now Android phone/tablets for tracking and travelling in remote areas. As it more readily enables various map formats to be loaded it has become more useful for cyclists and walkers

Johnny Boy (Pastor John Evans of Eternity Church in Tuggeranong) has a blog with amazing details of walks around the ACT. He also has a couple of pages on use of GPS’s and mapping. See his Armchair Bushwalking and Google Earth & KMZ Files. His GPS101: Effective use of Your GPS. Its a pdf file you can view online or download. His Setup Advice for a Garmin Oregon 650 GPS

Converting kml/kmz files to gpx files

There is a range of software that can do this. Oziexplorer can do it for a kml file but you have to buy it for $130. Oziexplorer is also complex to use

GPS Babel can do it and it’s free. GPSBabel converts waypoints, tracks, and routes between popular GPS receivers and mapping programs. It also has powerful manipulation tools for such data. However it does not always install easily

There is also the Log Converter that will convert from kml to gpx and its easier to use than GPS Babel. Its a simple exe file

OK so what is the process to turn a Google Earth kml or kmz file into a gpx file that you can load into your GPS device

Obviously you need to have downloaded the kmz file and have Google Earth open. Firstly open the file in Google Earth (GE) (double click on it if you can see the file in a file manager program). It takes a while to open. When open in GE it will appear in the Temporary Places. You can either save it in GE to My places and rename, click on the properties of the waypoints and track(s) ie change colour etc or simply, or just right click on the highlighted entry in the Places window and select Save Place As and choose appropriate location and name as well as a kml file type. Then load the kml file into the chosen converter software, say GPS Babel, and then re save as a gpx file. Babel has many options for input and output. Choose the GPX XML option. If you are going to use the file in a Garmin device you could choose Garmin gdb. You will probably find any waypoints will be exported as a single default style and tracks all the same default style and colour

GPSMapedit

This is a partially free program that allows you to maps GPS maps, import and export varying file formats and edit GPS file using different base maps including Google maps.
How to use Mapedit on You Tube

How to use Google Maps with Mapedit 13MByte avi file download. This Tutorial demonstrates how to download the Google maps tiles and then use them in GPSmapedit for POI creation for making custom maps of Garmin devices