Canberra’s nickname is the “Bush Capital” because the plan of the capital city included so many unspoiled, open nature reserves. The Centenary Trail opened in 2013 as part of Canberra’s celebrations to mark its first 100 years. Just over 145 kilometers (90 miles) long, it circles Canberra and cuts through the capital city.
And what a trail it is! Walkers and cyclists can explore urban landmarks like Parliament House, the National Sculpture Garden, and the War Memorial. The trail leaves the city to embrace wilder areas such as Black Mountain, Stromlo Forest, Cooleman Ridge, and the Murrumbidgee River. The section of trail near my home runs south of the city and features scenic overlooks and lots of wildlife. This video gives a sense of the trail’s variety.