15.9 miles
Distance
1,233 ft
Climb
-1,258 ft
Descent
2,397 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:

Tuggeranong Town Centre
Isaacs Ridge Nature Reserve
Red Hill Nature Reserve
Summit of Red Hill for walkers only.
Note:
Rose Cottage Horse Paddocks - The section of trail that leads through the Rose Cottage Horse Paddocks may be diverted during times of grazing. Please follow the alternate route in this area as marked by temporary signage during these times.

Discoveries
New Towns—Canberra Planned Suburbs
Tuggeranong emerged in 1973, the third of Canberra's planned 'new towns'. The dry stone wall not far from here is a reminder that this was once the edge of large pastoral landholdings.

Carefully laid out in the open fields of the Isabella Plains, Tuggeranong was established with a town centre focused around the created Lake Tuggeranong.

To many, the new towns were ideal. The ordered streets and houses were a refreshing change from the narrow streets and cramped housing of Australia's older cities.

One hundred years on and cities have a changing relationship with their outer suburbs. Walking through Tuggeranong's suburbs you might like to think about the continued expansion of Canberra over the next 100 years.

View of the Brindabella Hills in 1974

View of the Brindabella Hills in 1974 as the new suburb was being developed.
Credit:Unknown, View of Woden and Tuggeranong from the hills, 1974. From the collection of the National Archives of Australia. NAA: A6180, 18/2/74/3.

Between the suburbs - Canberra's Remnant Native Woodlands
This part of the trail follows the suburbs of Tuggeranong to Isaacs Ridge and Mount Mugga Mugga Nature Reserve. The lower slopes of Mount Mugga Mugga are part of the nationally endangered Box Gum woodland ecological community that survives across the ACT.

Box-Gum woodlands once covered large areas of the lower slopes of the eastern Australian tablelands from Queensland to Victoria. These open landscapes with grassy ground cover were likely the result of Aboriginal land management practices and were highly valued by early pastoralists. Land clearing and grazing damage the carefully balanced ecological communities; and today few areas of intact woodland remain.

The nature reserves in this area are part of the Canberra Nature Park. An important part of our city's planning, the Canberra Nature Park forms a network throughout urban Canberra and protects native ecosystems like the grassy woodlands.

More Stats for Centenary Trail Section 7 – Tuggeranong Town Centre to Parliament House mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -24 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,860 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,887 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,864 ft
  • Grade
    -0.028%
  • Grade max
    -15.342%
  • Grade min
    18.372%
  • Distance climb
    7.2 miles
  • Distance down
    6.5 miles
  • Distance flat
    2.2 miles
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