Autumn in Canberra is truly a magical time. The city boasts enchanting colourful trees during its crisp golden mornings transforming the city into a pretty place to spend the season. It is the perfect time to grab your light jacket, a water bottle and you’re walking shoes and make the most of the city’s dreamlike scenery.
Here are three walking routes you can take to help you explore and experience the different enchanting colours of Canberra’s Autumn:
- The Red Hill Track
- Lotus Bay to NLA
- Kingston Foreshore to the Sculpture Garden
1. THE RED HILL TRACK
- Red Hill has walking trails of varying lengths and levels of difficulty to choose from but the popular Red Track is hard to beat. People often start at the top on Red Hill Drive and loop all the way back around. It’s especially worth it in Autumn, when you see the vibrant colours of the deciduous trees far below.Where to eat and rest your feet: Little Brother at Red Hill Lookout for its creative, casual nibbles and plates (open Wed, Thurs and Sun till 5pm, Fri and Sat till late).
How long? Approximately 90 mins / 3.2km
Keep your eyes out for the red-necked wallabies, recently spotted on Red Hill for the first time in over a decade.
2. LOTUS BAY TO NLA
Start at the Southern Cross Yacht Club at Mariner Place, where a coffee from Snapper can get you going (open every day 8am-8pm). Walk around Lotus Bay through the gorgeous Lennox Gardens, pass under the bridge beside Flynn Place, admire the ornamental pear trees on the promenade, then spend some time at the National Library of Australia (NLA) looking down at the lake.
Where to eat and rest your feet: The NLA’s Bookplate café is open till 4pm on Fri, Sat and Sun, and 5pm Mon to Thurs. Its counterpart Paperplate is open till 3pm (but closed on the weekends).
How long? Approximately 36 mins one way / 2.9km
Want to extend your walk? Head down the promenade to the Portrait Gallery or the National Gallery.
3.KINGSTON FORESHORE TO THE SCULPTURE GARDEN
Start at the Kingston Foreshore then head along the lake, past the popular Bowen Park and the swans that bob along at the water’s edge. Pass under King’s Avenue bridge until you reach the Sculpture Garden. Here, wander around the 26 sculptures made by International and Australian artists, set in amongst hardy native plants - an interesting contrast to many of the deciduous trees along the lake’s promenade.
Where to eat and rest your feet: Head back to the Foreshore to take your pick of places. The Local Press Café with its local, ethical produce and fresh cold-pressed juices (open till 4pm weekdays at 5pm weekends).
How long? Approximately 21 mins one way / 1.7km
Remember that Fujiko Nakaya’s Fog sculpture operates 12.30–2.00 pm daily.