IML Walking Association Event

Canberra Walking Festival


Place: Australia, Canberra
Date: end March / beginning April


  • Online registration (credit card only – visa/mastercard) available from 1 October until 1 week before the event to qualify for the early bird discount and lucky door prizes – link to registration site from
  • Register in person (cash only) at the Control Centre from 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm on the Friday before the walk.


Cost is AUD$55 for the Canberra Walking Festival (3 days). Discounts apply if not walking all days. Pre and post festival walks are additional. Entry fees include IVV credit. 



Friday 5km Welcome Walk
explore the Parliamentary Triangle in small groups pass many of Canberras iconic national institutions finish with the official opening ceremony and reception
Saturday 5-42km Centenary Trail
free bus provided to the start of your chosen walk distance walk along Canberras Centenary Trail undulating terrain, with significant portions on bush trails
Sunday 6-30km Lake Loop
walk around Canberras beautiful Lake Burley Griffin almost all of the walk is on paved, shared use paths

Pre- and Post-Festival Walks
check the website for details of the walks

The Control Centre for the Canberra Walking Festival will change in 2018, and is at the Albert Hall, corner of Commonwealth Avenue & Kaye Street, Yarralumla, ACT. The Control Centre is about 2.5 km from the City Centre and is served by public buses. See for bus routes and timetables. Parking is available (free at weekends) close to the Control Centre. Full details will be provided on the event website prior to the festival and also included in your entry registration confirmation

Track and weather conditions

Description of the tracks (road, landscape)
Canberra, the capital of Australia, was planned from its inception in 1908 to be the capital city. Because of its youth, the city is a showcase of modern architecture and landscaping. Being the capital, it is also the home of many national centres and monuments such as Parliament House, the National Library, the National Art Gallery, the National Museum, the Australian National Botanic Gardens and the War Memorial. The many hills in and around the main city area have also been maintained as nature parks, providing the city with its famous "bush" setting. There are superb vistas. Each day's routes take walkers on the extensive network of recreation paths through some of the many nature parks, where walkers may see a variety of Canberra's birds and even the occasional kangaroo. The routes also take walkers past some of the various national centres, institutions and monuments. There are some unpaved sections on all routes. For information on tourist attractions see
Care along the road
Water and cordial is provided at all checkpoints and some routes also pass adjacent to shops. Toilets are available (and marked on the maps).
A first aid officer (and transport) will be in attendance at the Control Centre. A scout troop operates a canteen at the Control Centre.


Be prepared for a variety of conditions. The weather however will be generally sunny and may still be quite warm. Daytime average temperatures are generally around 20 deg C, but may be as high as 28 deg C. Night-time temperatures may be as low as 4 deg C. 

Souvenir - award

All walkers completing any route on Saturday or Sunday are given a personalised certificate. The Canberra Two Day Walker Medal award may also be gained if the walker successfully completes walks on both Saturday and Sunday, any distance. In addition, there is a special marathon medal for those completing the marathon course on the Saturday. The event is sanctioned by the IML and the IVV.



- by air: Canberra is a 45 min flight from Sydney. Canberra airport is about 8 kms from the city centre.
There is a bus from the airport to the city centre. See
- by train: See
- by car: Canberra is 3 hours drive by freeway and toll road from Sydney Airport.
- by coach: 3 hours from Sydney airport. See


- See for full details.
- Hotel: budget to 5 star available
- Camping available
- others: youth hostel, backpackers' hostel available
See our website for suggestions of accommodation near the Control Centre


Information and reservations

- Canberra Visitor Information Centre at National Capital Exhibition at Regatta Point (Barrine Drive, Parkes)
- Open 9am-5pm weekdays, 9am-4pm weekends and public holidays, phone +61 2 6205 0044 

General information

The language: English
The money (currency): Australian dollar


Canberra Two Day Walk Inc
PO Box 3114
Weston Creek ACT 2611

tel: +61 468 952 150 (event mobile phone - only monitored over event weekend)
tel: +61 409 647 228 (mobile phone)