Walking Activities


The shed provides members the opportunity of participating in some regular walks as a supplement to our usual activities. The aim of this is to expose members to some of the nature around and within Canberra, as well as getting some exercise. Most walks will be designed to be undertaken within 3-4 hours from start to finish including breaks and be no more than 10-15Km and include climbs of no more than 200 metres in total. However there may be an occasion where we could go to Namadgi and do a half day walk including longer overall climbs. Generally walks will be held every two weeks on a Thurs with walks alternating between easy social strolls around simple locations like Belconnen versus more challenging scenic walks. Please read the page BEFORE WALKING on things you need to do and bring for walking. See the Checklist and also check the BOM Canberra forecast Also please read the information on the Shed Insurance issues and its limitations. Non Shed members must understand the policy does not apply to them and thus if they walk they do so at their own risk

CCT Tuggers

Walking the CCT down in Tuggers

Social Walks: See web page

Click here for Walks Program current & past in Excel format (Note: if you open from this link rather than download you will see a Google Docs version)

During the first 8 FYs: Jul 2010/11 through to 2017/18 we held a total of 183 walks, averaging ~23 per year, plus we have had at least 28 Social Walks by mid 2019

Walks Contacts and Time of Walks

Below is the program of walks. If you have any comments or suggestions please email the shed email or direct to Greg. These are all scheduled on a Thursday. If you feel like you could lead one or more walks, or suggest walks please contact Greg (Mob 0447 292 699 ) Email: [email protected], or Drew McDonald (Mob: 0467 615 760) Email: [email protected], or the committee.

Walkers will need to meet at the shed 30 minutes before the start time of a walk unless otherwise stated, and share transport or make their own way to the starting point. If you intend the latter please email first so that you can be allowed for as well as obtaining the exact start location. Please also ensure you have the correct meeting place and time and that you have verified the details during the week before the walk

Visitors. Your welcome to join us as long as your capable. We are not power walkers (most of us are retired older gents) but please read up things you should consider & carry on a walk. If in doubt call one of the numbers above

Canberra Centenary Trail (CCT) – we did the trail in sections between 2014 & May 2016. Information on the trail and links to our files

Maps shown are either GPS Map View from Oziexplorer using OzRaster Maps with permission of © BKK Enterprises Pty Ltd, http://www.gpsoz.com.au for newer style maps or using the older TopoView Maps with permission of NSW Land & Property Information for display. We also use Open Street Maps (OSM) for NSW especially the cycle version as it shows paths better. This is an open source product

Currently walks start from the commencement location of the walk at: 8.00AM for Dec-Feb, 8.30AM for Mar-May & Sep-Nov, 9.00/9.30AM for Jun-Aug (meeting time is usually 30 minutes earlier at the Shed. Sometimes it may be earlier or later or another meeting place. Check each walk for details) (Up to Dec 2013 commencements were 8.30AM for Dec-Mar, 9.00AM for Apr-May, 9.30AM for Jun-Aug, 9.00AM for Sep-Nov)

Feb 2019 –  Social Walks suspended until later in 2019 | Album of pictures containing Don Gruber on Shed Walks. This covers from July 2010 until Feb 2016

A walk in nature can be good for your head, your happiness and your relationship – Thanks to John Arundel for this


Scheduled Walks
Walks to start at 8.30/9.00AM for Mar-May (Meet usually 8.00/8.30AM at the Shed. Check each walk for actual meeting time & place)
Date Location Description Pictures, Maps
4 Apr
Mt Taylor Circuit Meet at the Shed by 8AM. Then drive down the Parkway to park along Sulwood Drive, near Mannheim St. Then walk up the main southern track to the top, then down main track to the east, then head north and around and down west side making a circuit back to the cars. Medium – Hard Walk, 7.3Km. Map of walk | gpx file
18 Apr
ANBG & Black Mountain Circuit

(Note: Day before Good Friday)

Meet at the Shed by 8AM, then drive to Frith Rd behind the CSIRO parking next to Civic West Substation on Frith Rd. Then walk up the main trail to Black Mtn top, then down past the tower to a trail past multiple lookouts to cross the main Road up and take a trail on the south side down to the ANBG Bush Platform, then down their track to the ANBG, stopping for coffee at the Pollen Cafe, then though ANBG, back to the cars. Medium walk, 6.7Km Map of walk | gpx file | ANBG Inside Walk | ANBG Bushland Walk
2 May
TBA Map of walk | gpx file
16 May
TBA Map of walk | gpx file
30 May
TBA Map of walk | gpx file




Planning Possible Walks for 2019
Date Location Description Pictures, Maps
Harder More Scenic Walks
TBA Mt Taylor Park along Sulwood Drive walk up main track to the top, then down track to the east, then north and around and down west side making a circuit back to the cars  Map of walk  | gpx file
TBA Map of walk  | gpx file
TBA Map of walk  | gpx file
Easier Walks
TBA Forde, Bonner, Amaroo, Yerrabi Pond Circuit around these suburbs cross Yerrabi Pond on footbridge maybe coffee at Samekesh Map of walk  | gpx file
McLeods Ck NR Just east of Gundaroo. ~ 5Km, Easy
BNT Tallaganda La Between Mulligans Flat Rd & Murrumbateman Rd. ~12Km along country road. Part of National Trail. Easy-Medium
Greenways Wamboin No2
Goorooyaroo NR NSW Off Yass Road. Medium-Hard walk along border in restricted area due to possibility of unexploded ordinance (UXO)



Current Walk Requests from Members



Deferred Walks
Location Description Pictures, Maps



Guide to Grades

Grade Description
Easy should be fairly simple walks on tracks or grassy ground with minimal altitude change. Typically would be a max of 2 hrs and 4-7Km walking
Easy-Medium should be similar to Easy but might involve some small amount of climbing or slightly longer distance. Typically would be a max of 3 hrs and 8-10Km walking
Medium really aimed at the Scenic type of walk with some climbing, maybe more difficult navigating. 3 hrs or 10-12Km walking
Medium-Hard is probably the hardest we should attempt. Essentially similar to Medium but with more intense climbing or longer distance. Good examples are Mt Majura, Mt Taylor, Max 4.0 hrs or 15Km
Hard for the experienced. Typically a lot of off track walking in difficult terrain or long distances or a lot of altitude change ie 25Km or 6 hrs ie Mt Tennent, Cotter Gap

Guide to Social Trips or Scenic Harder Trips

Grade Description
Easy Social trips need to be Easy or Easy-Medium and involve minimal climbing or minimal off track walking taking no longer than 2.5 hrs and 8Km length
Scenic trips will mostly be Easy-Medium to Medium-Hard with some climbing involved and maybe some off track walking. Possible might take up to 3.5 hrs and be 12Km length

Guide to Locations

Area Description
Belconnen that area normally part of Belconnen
Gungahlin that area normally part of Gungahlin
Central that area that covers North Canberra, South Canberra, Woden, and Civic
Tuggeranong that area south of Weston and Mt Taylor
Queanbeyan that area east of the Lake, Fyshwick and Monaro Highway
Weston-Stromlo that area south of the Molonglo and west of the Parkway down to Kambah Pool
Namadgi Namadgi National Park and Tidbinbilla