Starting from the car park on Forest Drive in the Canberra Arboretum, Molonglo Valley, this circuit walk pivots around Dairy Farmers Hill via the Dairy Farmers Hill Track. You can easily get carried away by the spacious environment and panoramic views over Canberra, but try to pay attention to the trees as the track goes through 7 different tree species. Going through Jelly Palm, South Esk Pine, Moroccan Cypress, Camden White Gum, Mediterranean Red Bud, Purple-Leaved Smokebush and Canary Madrone, you’ll also skirt by the Cedar of Lebanon and Turkish Pine. This leaves an astounding number of 85 more species for you to explore. You can end the walk on the lookout for a scenic finish. 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.
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.
Turn on to Lady Denman Drive Offramp then drive for 345 m
Turn left onto Forest Drive and drive for another 20 m
Turn slight left onto Forest Drive and drive for another 95 m
Turn left onto Forest Drive and drive for another 1.5 km
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started Starting from the car park on Forest Drive(470 metres south of intersection with Quarry Road)in Canberra Arboretum, head towards the hip-height signpost near the edge of the hill, located next to a light-coloured bank with a concrete base, along the pavement. Standing next to the signpost, head along the formed track gently downhill as it skirts the edge of the hill, keeping the road to your left. Stay on the same track for the whole walk to complete the Dairy Farmers Hill Circuit.....
Directions & comments
After another 25 m (at the intersection of Dairy Farmers Hill Track & Forest Drive) turn right, to head along Dairy Farmers Hill Track (a walking track).
After another 65 m come to the viewpoint (8 m on your left).
After another 15 m pass the car park (10 m on your left).
After another 650 m (at the intersection of Forest Drive & Dairy Farmers Hill Track) continue straight, to head along Dairy Farmers Hill Track.
After another 65 m veer right, to head along Dairy Farmers Hill Track.
After another 155 m continue straight, to head along Dairy Farmers Hill Track.
After another 410 m pass the "Nest III" (65 m on your right).
After another 40 m pass the "Dairy Farmers Hill" (35 m on your right).
After another 130 m continue straight, to head along Dairy Farmers Hill Track.
After another 55 m come to the end.
Directions & comments
Start heading along Dairy Farmers Hill Track.
After 45 m pass the car park (7 m on your left).
After another 95 m come to a seat., has a backrest.
About 35 m past the end is "Nest III".
About 10 m past the end is a viewpoint.
About 20 m past the end is "Dairy Farmers Hill".
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 135 m to the main route.
Know the Hills, grading & facilities
Dairy Farmers Hill Circuit
30 min to 45 min
Quality of track
Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Flat, no steps (1/6)
Clearly signposted (1/6)
Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (1/6)
No experience required (2/6)
Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
Some facilities on route
Seat: There is one 1.6 km (plus an extra 145 m along side route) from the start.