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“signposted lovely hike”

Canberra Centenary Trail
Ranked #2 of 2 things to do in Forde
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Reviewed December 21, 2017 via mobile

nice hike that’s easily doable for most fitness levels. offers numerous lookouts and plenty of opportunities to see kangaroos up close

Date of experience: December 2017
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Reviewed December 20, 2016 via mobile

A good 3 hour walk from Hall to Forde (steady consistent pace).
So close to Canberra yet sometimes I am lucky to see 1/2 dozen people when I do a 6am start. Try Forde to Hall walk and have a nice breakfast at the Hall general store however this can be an extra 15 to 20 mins walk due to some steeper hill climbs.
Well marked and pleasant views and lovely white gums and pine plantations on the way.

Date of experience: December 2016
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Reviewed November 22, 2016

We have walked this section of the trail a few times as part of a program of building up fitness for a long distance multi day walk. The path we take, from the car park on Mulligans Flat Road to the edge of Hall is about 16km, with two steep sections including one very steep one up from the Mulligans Flat Road carpark (this can be avoided by a longer more gradual ascent on a path which heads away to the right from the carpark). The walk is very scenic, with rural grasslands interspersed with woodlands and lovely views in all directions from different points on the trail.Those who wish to make it a bit tougher can take the detour to One Tree Hill not far from the Hall end. And you can finish with coffee or something to eat at Daughters at Hall. But go early in hot weather.

Date of experience: November 2016
Thank Benningsworth
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Reviewed June 14, 2016

On a stunning winter's day we set out from Mulligan's Flat to walk to Watson via the Centernary Trail. This is a pleasant walk in gentle terrain. There are occasional gentle slopes to climb but most of the walk is pretty flat. The distance was 13 km - it took us just over 3 hours including a 15 mins stop for a snack. The guide book said it was a 4.5 hr walk but that would be an amble at that pace.

The walk started at the car park in the entrance to the park. We parked one car near Tay St in Watson and drove the other car to Mulligan's Flat.

The walking route is well signposted except for a small section near the Horse Park Road Carpark. It is all along a dirt road except for the last bit (see below).The road had a some muddy patches but it had poured with rain a few days before. The countryside is box and gum woodlands. There were plenty of small birds and the occasional roo. We have seen echidnas on previous visits. There were other walkers and cyclists along the way but most of the time we were by ourselves. I suspect that wild flowers would be present in spring.

The end bit of the trail as it approaches Mt Majura was a bit less clear. At Horse Park Drive Carpark, you have to cross the busy road at the Carpark entrance, and turn immediately left along the grassy area at the bottome of the slope beside the road. Eventually (after about 100 m) the path diverges to the right and after about 30 m comes to a stile of about 6 steps. From that point it is well sign-posted. Eventually you cross under the Federal h'way, and then turn immediately to the left to join the trail again; it turns right just around the corner. you can either take a left hand turn about 50-70 m on to travel across the bottom of Mt Majura or if you go straight ahead you end up in Watson.

A great walk and so close to the city.

Date of experience: June 2016
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Reviewed March 27, 2016

We hiked this part of the trail just to explore the Centenary Trail and walk in some newly opened areas north of Canberra. The start is opposite Mulligans Flat Reserve and begins with some hilly climbing. Like most of the trail it is in good condition and great views looking from the north down over Canberra which is great as most people haven't seen Canberra from this perspective.

There are a few gates/fences you need to climb through (think big gap in gate meant to be there rather than trespassing!) but the walk when you get to the top of the first few hills is easy and wooded and some great scenery.

You eventually get to a new campground at the very northern edge of the ACT (hence the name). Would actually be a nice spot to camp but not much to do other than a stopover when doing a longer walk (such as to one tree hill and hall).

Walking is pretty easy if you have some level of fitness, again good shoes are recommended because you do walk on rocks and the ground isn't always even.

Allow a few hours there and back (if you come back the same way you came) or you can keep going to Hall and get picked up.

Date of experience: October 2015
Thank scm73
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