Old Tip Track Circuit

1 h 15 min to 1 h 45 min

3.5 km
circuit

↑ 155 m
↓ -155 m

Moderate track
Starting from the end of Phillip Avenue(car access), Hackett, this circuit walk explores the woodlands of Mount Ainslie Nature Reserve, leading via the Hancock Road at first. As there are animals of all kinds in the reserve, this walk can be a great choice for spotting wildlife. Keep an eye out for wattlebirds, lizards, magpies. You can also spot possums if you get the timing right. Expect great views of Canberra as you make your way through the forest, especially over Woden Valley. Some inclines can be demanding and there are small rocks and loose gravel on parts of the track, so be cautious and take it slow to avoid injuries. Also be mindful that there are unexploded ordnance on the eastern side of the Nature Reserve, so stay on track to be safe. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
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Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start At the intersection of Hancocks Road & Phillip Avenue (-35.2559412,149.1601746)
Mode Car
DirectionsFrom Northbourne Avenue, A23, Turner.
  • Turn on to Macarthur Avenue then drive for 35 m
  • Continue onto Wakefield Avenue and drive for another 360 m
  • Turn left onto Majura Avenue and drive for another 1.1 km
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Majura Avenue and drive for another 360 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Majura Avenue and drive for another 740 m
  • Turn right onto Phillip Avenue and drive for another 840 m
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the end of Phillip Avenue(car access), head around the green metal gate and turn left. Follow the wide dirt path (Hancocks Road) to continue along Old Tip Track Circuit (clockwise).....
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Hancocks Road & Phillip Avenue Start heading along Hancocks Road (a vehicle track).
After 65 m pass the car park (15 m on your left).
After another 35 m veer right, to head along Hancocks Road.
After another 20 m pass the sign (5 m on your left).
After another 210 m (at the intersection of Hancocks Road, Canberra Centenary Trail & Canberra Centenary Trail, Hackett Houses Track (South)) continue straight, to head along Hancocks Road, Canberra Centenary Trail.
After another 100 m continue straight, to head along Hancocks Road, Canberra Centenary Trail.
After another 100 m continue straight, to head along Hancocks Road, Canberra Centenary Trail.
After another 35 m (at the intersection of Hancocks Road, Canberra Centenary Trail & West 132 KVA Track) continue straight, to head along Hancocks Road, Canberra Centenary Trail.
Then head up the very steep (19% ~ 10.8°) earthen incline (about 400 m long)
Continue straight, to head along Hancocks Road, Canberra Centenary Trail.
After another 330 m (at the intersection of Hancocks Road, Canberra Centenary Trail & Old Tsr Track) continue straight, to head along Hancocks Road, Canberra Centenary Trail.
After another 50 m (at the intersection of Canberra Centenary Trail, East 132 KVA Track & Hancocks Road) turn right, to head along Canberra Centenary Trail, East 132 KVA Track.
After another 100 m continue straight, to head along Canberra Centenary Trail, East 132 KVA Track.
After another 440 m (at the intersection of Canberra Centenary Trail & East 132 KVA Track) turn right, to head along Canberra Centenary Trail (a walking track).
Then head up the very steep (21% ~ 11.9°) earthen incline (about 540 m long)
Continue straight, to head along Canberra Centenary Trail.
After another 450 m (at the intersection of Old Tip Track (Summit Access) & Canberra Centenary Trail) turn sharp right, to head along Old Tip Track (Summit Access) (a vehicle track).
Then head down the very steep (11% ~ 6.3°) earthen incline (about 540 m long)
Continue straight, to head along Old Tip Track (Summit Access).
After another 75 m continue straight, to head along Old Tip Track (Summit Access).
After another 235 m continue straight, to head along Old Tip Track (Summit Access).
After another 215 m (at the intersection of Old Tip Track (Summit Access) & Labyrinth) continue straight, to head along Old Tip Track (Summit Access).
After another 5 m head down the very steep (18% ~ 10.2°) earthen incline (about 400 m long)
At the intersection of Old Tip Track (Summit Access) & West 132 KVA Track continue straight, to head along Old Tip Track (Summit Access).
After another 45 m continue straight, to head along Old Tip Track (Summit Access).
After another 175 m (at the intersection of Phillip Avenue & Old Tip Track (Summit Access)) turn right, to head along Phillip Avenue (a service road).
After another 130 m veer right, to head along Phillip Avenue.
Continue another 190 m to find at the intersection of Phillip Avenue & Hancocks Road at the end.
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Terrain
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Old Tip Track Circuit


Grading
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 3.5 km
Time 1 h 15 min to 1 h 45 min
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Signage Clearly signposted (2/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (2/6)
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