12.2 miles
Distance
1,159 ft
Climb
-1,256 ft
Descent
2,239 ft
High Point

Details

  • Riding area
  • Difficulty rating
    Green
  • Trail type
    Singletrack
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Global Ranking

Points of interest along this section include:

summit of Black Mountain for walkers only
Aranda Bushlands
Cork Oak Plantation, National Arboretum Canberra
Visitors Centre National Arboretum Canberra
ACT Bushfire Memorial
Stromlo Forest Park.
William Hovell Drive Underpass

Please note you will be sharing this narrow underpass with horse riders. Some horses are easily frightened by bicycles. A frightened horse can be a danger to its rider and to you.

Discoveries
Sport—Canberra's National Facilities
Today, Canberra residents can enjoy sports at both the local and national levels of competition.

It wasn't until well into the 1920s that community sporting clubs and facilities were developed and made available for public use. The booming number of public servants and their families arriving from Melbourne in 1927 put pressure on the Federal Capital Commission to provide amenities that would turn the new settlement into a community.

Sports ovals, tennis courts, a golf course, racing track and river swimming hole featured in the early suburban settlement around Acton. Modern Canberra suburbs now feature public sports facilities as a part of their planned design.

As the National Capital, Canberra is also home to the world class Australian Institute of Sport at Bruce, and Stromlo Forest Park which hosted the 2009 UCI Mountain Bike & Trials World Championships.image

SportCanberras National Facilities

In the 1920s, women in Canberra were outnumbered by men, three to one. A Women's Sports Association was formed in 1927 to lobby for sporting facilities. Above, the then Prime Minister's wife, Margaret Whitlam, opens the 1973 season of the Canberra Croquet Club.

More Stats for Centenary Trail Section 5 – Black Mountain to Stromlo Forest Park mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -97 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,773 ft
  • Altitude start
    2,048 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,952 ft
  • Grade
    -0.15%
  • Grade max
    -13.394%
  • Grade min
    18.87%
  • Distance climb
    5.2 miles
  • Distance down
    6.2 miles
  • Distance flat
    4,297 ft
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