All users must stay to the formed Centenary Trail route. Shortcutting through nature reserves and private land is not permitted and may lead to trail closures while attempts are made to rectify the issue.
There is no access to Gungahlin from the Northern Link - Forde to Hall Village - along the Centenary Trail. The areas surrounding the trail corridor are private property and trespassers will be prosecuted.
No dogs, horses or motorbikes are permitted on the Northern Link.
This trail section is located in a high fire risk area, always check fire risk levels on the ESA website before setting out.
Points of interest along this section include:
Hughie Edwards VC Rest Area on the Remembrance Driveway
Goorooyaroo Nature Reserve
Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary
Northern Border Rest Area and Campsite. Bookings essential and fees apply.
Commemorative Trees—Living Memorials
Trees are an important part of the story of Canberra. Many have symbolic meanings or commemorate significant national events.
This part of the trail follows a section of the Remembrance Driveway, a planted tribute to Australians who served in the Second World War and subsequent conflicts. Commenced in 1954, it covers a 320 kilometre section of the Federal Highway which links Sydney to Canberra.
The idea of planting street trees as war memorials was promoted in Great Britain following the end of the WWI in 1918. Mrs Margaret Davis established the Garden Club of Australia and championed the concept of a Remembrance Driveway after the conclusion of the WWII. The ambitious project took many years to be implemented and, as a living memorial, continues to evolve.
Concluding at Remembrance Park, behind the Australian War Memorial, the Remembrance Driveway is an integral part of the symbolic landscape of Canberra.
image of Commemorative TreesLiving Memorials
The ambitious project took many years to be established and continues to evolve. This image from 1967 shows one of the many avenues planted along the Federal Highway in Canberra.
Credit: Unknown, Remembrance Drive, Canberra, 31 January 1968. From the collection of the National Archives of Australia. NAA: A7973, INT1010/6.
Ngunnawal Natural Resource Management—Canberra's Woodlands
To Aboriginal people, burning Country is important to maintaining a healthy landscape, regenerating resources, providing accessibility for hunting, and for spiritual and cultural purposes.
The Ngunnawal name for fire is 'Kanbi', and its use was based on a deep understanding of natural systems and cycles. Caring for Country is an essential part of Aboriginal spirituality. These intimate interactions and relationships were maintained through customary lore and stories past down for thousands of generations.
Each member of the community was given the responsibility of different species of plants and animals, called 'Ngulli' (totems). The community worked together as a highly efficient network to observe and maintain the cultural balance of the traditional landscape. The systematic use of Kanbi by Ngunnawal people maintained the open woodlands that shaped the Canberra region.
Today Ngunnawal fire knowledge is being integrated into the bushfire management in the ACT. A return to cultural burning practices is the main management tool being used to protect and ensure the growth of a healthy community of animals, plants and people within the landscape.image caption and credit
Ngunnawal Natural Resource Management
Fire is a critical ecological process in temperate woodlands. Since European settlement, fire regimes have been largely disrupted. Experimental burning is taking place here as part of the woodland restoration.
More Stats for Centenary Trail Section 2 – Watson to Northern Border Campsite mountain bike trail
Altitude change258 ft
Altitude min2,087 ft
Altitude max2,531 ft
Altitude start2,108 ft
Altitude end2,365 ft
Distance climb7.4 miles
Distance down4.6 miles
Distance flat4,072 ft
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