New recreational trails open at National Arboretum Canberra

Released 02/11/2015

Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Shane Rattenbury, today announced the opening of three new multiple- use trails at the National Arboretum Canberra.

“Visitors now have the opportunity to explore the Arboretum like never before, with greater ease of access to forests and the chance to experience everything this great Canberra institution has to offer with each changing season,” Mr Rattenbury said.

“The new sustainable and low maintenance trails run from the Village Centre to points of interest at the Arboretum, including the Southern Tablelands Ecosystems Park (STEP), the Wide Brown Land sculpture, the Himalayan cedar forest and Dairy Farmers Hill.

“The STEP trail is an easy 600 metre track which takes visitors from the Pod Playground to the Southern Tablelands Ecosystems Park and a small outdoor meeting and picnic space.

“The Himalayan cedar trail takes visitors to the majestic tall trees of the nearly 100-year-old Himalayan cedar forest. The trail also leads to the picnic and barbeque deck nestled within the forest, which offers spectacular views of Black Mountain and Lake Burley-Griffin.

“The Circuit Trail around Dairy Farmers Hill meanders through forests of rare and endangered trees to a lookout featuring panoramic views over Canberra and Nest III, a huge outdoor sculpture of a wedge tail eagle and its nest,” Mr Rattenbury said.

The three new trails were constructed by local trail builders Makin Trax. The trails fulfil an objective of the original Arboretum Master Plan to increase accessibility for visitors by encouraging people to walk and cycle into the forests.

Mr Rattenbury reminded users these are shared trails for walkers, runners and cyclists and ask users to please be courteous to others so everyone can have a great experience.

“Canberra is well known for its great walking and cycling trails and the new Arboretum trails are no exception. It is a great opportunity for visitors to get out, be active and enjoy our beautiful outdoors in a stunning setting.

“The Arboretum continues to be one of Canberra’s many must visit attractions and I anticipate that the new trails will be a very popular way to explore and learn more about the Arboretum.”

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