I have put together this information about walking opportunities on Mt Ainslie, Mt Majura and their environs as well as the area between the two mountains. I have gathered this from various walks between 2005 and 2017. It covers formal tracks, informal footpads and routes and real 4W drive type management trails. The area offers many wide and diverse trips. Enjoy!
The featured image is a view of a Roo beside Cherryburn FT overlooking Canberra Airport
Mt Ainslie and Mt Majura Tracks
I have put together this information about walking opportunities on Mt Ainslie, Mt Majura and their environs as well as the area between the two mountains. I have gathered this from various walks between 2005 and 2017.
Both Mt Ainslie and Mt Majura are part of the Canberra Nature Park and these two areas together form a contiguous natural area between the War Memorial at the south to the Federal Highway at the north end. The area is bordered by the suburbs of Campbell on the south, Ainslie and Hackett on the western sides. The Majura Valley typified by a pine forest to the north east and farmland to the east provides the other boundaries. The area is typified by Cypress and Kurrajong trees along with the usual array of Eucalyptus varieties. The area also includes numerous Eastern Grey roos, Rock Wallabies, Echidnas and birdlife.
In this article I use various abbreviations and concepts:
- For instance I use the term FT which means Fire Trail. Quite often a sign will call one FT a Road, then a Trail then a Track
- Also I use the term Footpad to indicate a loosely defined walking route and foot track to means a more definitive track
- The term GPS track can means FT, Road, Footpad or Track. Their real definition comes about through their colour on the maps etc.
- By clicking on any of the thumbnail maps or pictures it will open in full size
- The various GPS Map Views shown here are from Oziexplorer using NSW DFSI Spatial Services (was Land & Property Management Authority) approval for display. Others can copy for personal use but need permission to publish
The Two Peaks
The area has two main peaks which are the highest and second highest peaks in Canberra (not the whole ACT however). An overview map of the whole area with all tracks is shown on the right. The map shows the total area that stretches some 7Km from north to south
- Mt Ainslie is 843 metres high and located at UTM 55H 696363 6094910
- Mt Majura is 890 metres high and located at UTM 55H 698491 6098391
Mt Ainslie Main Tracks
The area covered by Mt Ainslie is the southern part of the whole area and an overview of all tracks is shown on the right
The main access points for Mt Ainslie are:
1. The bitumen access road (Mt Ainslie Drive) to the top with parking available at the top and fantastic views over the central Canberra area plus Canberra City (we call it “Civic”). Good views also over the airport and out to Queanbeyan as well as distance views of Gungahlin, Belconnen and Woden
2. The Australian War Memorial (AWM) has excellent parking off Treloar Cres near Campbell High School or underground parking on the east side of the main building. One can then walk from the Remembrance Park directly across from the main memorial building to the NE. (There may be restrictions on parking here one day as a result of various moves to stop public servants parking in the Parliamentary triangle)
3. Other parking areas for access to Mt Ainslie on the southern and eastern sides are at Campbell Park Offices on Northcott Drive, but mainly on the weekends; and along Mt Ainslie Drive near its start at Fairbairn Ave, just on the west side where there are dirt car parks at CP9 (start of the Campbell link trail) and a footpad 50m to the north. Its also possible to park further up the Mt Ainslie Rd and opposite the gate to the ACTEW water reservoir CP11 on the map
4. On the western side access to Mt Ainslie can best be obtained from parking at Kellaway St, Hackett, off Phillip Ave. This is probably one of the best spots as it provides access to My Majura as well. Also its possible to park on the street at the top of Fisher St, off Duffy St, Ainslie. Parking on Foveaux St is possible but not exactly easy but provides also good access
Overview maps of tracks in the Mt Ainslie area north side and south sides are shown to the right
Best tracks to Mt Ainslie
An overview map of the best tracks to climb Mt Ainslie from the south side are on the right
1. Kokoda Memorial Track to the top. From the AWM starts the walking trail to the top with various memorials and plaques
along the way to the Kokoda Trail in PNG. Much of the track is bitumen surfaced. Near the top there are some rocks and an excellent view down across Civic. It intersects with several other tracks and FTs. The track is 2Km long. There is a drinking fountain and tap to provide water to dogs at the top. The map to the right shows more details of this area with the main Kokoda trail shown in thick dark green
2. Mt Ainslie can also be climbed from the east using a MBT trail (GPS Track L) which starts near a gate near the start of the Mt Ainslie on Fairbairn Ave and follows the main road but to its west; also from Campbell Park area using the Lower Beacon FT from the East Powerline FT, which then joins the main ascent road.
3. Mt Ainslie can be climbed from the west using a foot track (GPS track I) that starts near Foveaux St, Ainslie then crosses two FTs before climbing quickly up a very rough and steep rocky route joining the main Kokoda walk 100m from the top. There is also another option using a rough steeper foot track (GPS track H) which starts on the Ainslie Link FT just north of Track I above. It can be reached from Track I or from GPS track T that starts near Fisher St in Ainslie. It should be noted that both of this old tracks are quite steep and slippery near the top and is not recommended for the young or old. They are also hard to find at the top.
4. There are a further set of tracks that ascend Mt Ainslie but from the south west coming from just north of Ainslie Village and crossing both the Soxes and Ainslie Link FTs before separating, with GPS track U going straight up to meet the Kokoda Track, while GPS track V heads further south to also meet the Kokoda Trail. The latter tracks looks like an old route which has been banked quiet markedly creating a large walking groove. Both afford good viewing out over the city and Lake. Both of these are easier and safer than tracks H and I. None of these tracks are marked so you need to collect the GPS file and load relevant tracks and waypoint into a GPS.
To the right is a picture of a GPS Track V
5. Mt Ainslie can also be climbed from the south east using the Quarry footpad (refer to the Quarry Heading below), the GPS track QB Quarry Footpad/MBT track that is just south west of the quarry area and this brings one out onto the Kokoda track fairly high up. There are also access to the Kokoda track using the Kokoda FT and Kokoda FT2 both of which link to the Quarry Tk Loop (West) FT accessible from the car park on Mt Ainslie Road near Fairbairn Ave. Lastly the Kokoda track can be accessed from the Mt Ainslie No2 Quarry area with a defined footpad GPS track P Quarry 2 Tk (refer to the Quarry Heading below)
6. Mt Ainslie can also be climbed from the north side with a range of great options. Clockwise it can be climbed from a couple of rough footpads that start from the Western Powerline FT, GPS tracks B, A, C and E. There are some linkages between all these with only A and E reaching the top. GPS Track E is probably the less obvious. GPS Track A is my favourite as it the most accessible from Kellaway St, Hackett and takes one to a spot I have called “The Five Ways Junction” as 5 different FT and tracks meet around here. Importantly you can continue up the FT to the main access road to the top, cross over and soon pick up a trail to the top that then allows you to walk on the side of the road to the main lookout. This is joined with the GPS MBT track L. From the 5 Ways junction another track F takes off to the west of the main access road to the top and heads along the west side well below the road, until it finishes by turning up to meet the road. You can then cross and walk up and along the top trig point of Mt Ainslie. You can get to the main lookout by dropping down stairs at the south end.
To the right is a picture of a GPS Track E
Interestingly GPS track E meets track F half way along its route. Track E is not well marked but once on it, its easy to follow and nice and easy going. Track F was a nice quite unknown walking route and not used by MTB’s as it was quite rocky and awkward. In 2013 it has been heavily graded by a bob cat and made much more of a level walking route which of course has opened it up for MTBs. It is now part of the CCT Walking Trail.
From the 5 Ways GPS track J can be used from the Powerline East 132KVA FT to access that location.
To the right is a picture of a GPS Track F
Also from the 5 ways there is a proper FT (Old Tip Summit Access) that comes from a Gate at the end of Phillip St which you can wander down to from the Kellaway St Car Park, or if you like footpads take GPS track D through open woodland and most likely meeting some roos which then intersects with the Summit FT and the Western Powerline FT.
There is lastly another footpad GPS track S which joins the Old Tip Summit Access FT. Track S is accessed off Track R which runs from the Western Powerline 132KVA FT parallel to Hancocks Rd up to joining the Eastern Powerline 132KVA FT. A combination of R + S could be used to get from Kellaway St CP to the Summit as well as get from the Summit to a major intersection on Hancocks Road if one was walking from Mt Ainslie to Mt Majura
To the right is a picture of a GPS Track S
Mt Ainslie Quarries
There are two quarries in the area to the south of the Mountain. The main one is marked as Mt Ainslie Quarry and it has a FT to near its base. The FT comes off the Campbell Link FT not far from the car park on Mt Ainslie Rd and is labelled Quarry Track Loop (East). Further along the Campbell Link FT another Quarry Track Loop (West) goes close to the Quarry No 2 and then heads around to joining with the other Quarry FT.
To the right is a picture of a Mt Ainslie Quarry in 2010
From the end of the East FT there is a rough foot track up for about 175m until it meets a flat level track that then heads north for about 150m before reaching the quarry tucked right in under the SE side of Mt Ainslie and unseen from the eyes above. It appears that in the early days of Canberra some extensive quarrying was done here and the crushed rock taken out on a tramway system along the route we came from for about 220m and then it was winched or carried on some cable system down to the FT on which we came. The route of the tramway has the look and gradient of a rail type system.
To the right is a picture of a Mt Ainslie Quarry Tramway leading to the quarry in 2010
From the Quarry the track continues on the right hand side and climbs steeply up the road on the east side of Mt Ainslie. Note this climb is steep, slippery and is slightly exposed and probably should not be attempted by the frail, elderly or young.
Instead of climbing up the obvious Quarry trail to the top its possible to go along the tramway route as mentioned to where a powerline is intersected (probably about where the rocks was then taken down) and continue on and past it sidling around the contours to the SW on an obvious footpad (GPS track QA Quarry) for about 500m before meeting what I have called the Kokoda FT that allows you to go up and onto the Kokoda main ascent trail or down to the Quarry Tk Loop (West) FT and back to the start. The trail around the hillside is little known but is a nice pad through native casuarina trees and with possibility of seeing a dark wallaby or two.
To the right is a picture of a Mt Ainslie GPS Track QA Quarry which is a nice footpad
In the map picture above that shows the main Kokoda ascent trail in dark green, the quarry track is shown in pink whilst the Tramway track and its continuation, track QA is shown in red.
Instead of these routes, its also possible to join a MTB trail (GPS QB MTB Quarry) that starts on the Quarry Tk Loop (East) close to where the footpad to the Quarry starts. However it can be joined from the end of the tramway route where it intersects the powerline and then climbs up the line of the powerline before swinging north east, then south west before reaching the Kokoda main ascent trail quite high up on its route.
To the right are pictures of a Mt Ainslie Quarry No2
Mt Ainslie Quarry No2 is much lower and just above the Campbell Link FT. It can be reached from the Mt Ainslie Rd low car park near Fairbairn
Ave, or quite easily from the Kokoda main ascent track. At the Brigade Hill sign there is a footpad that leaves the main trail behind the sign and heads south east. This track is properly made but unmarked and continues for 300m slowly dropping down to the quarry. The track continues past the entry gap to the quarry and then drops sharply down to reach the Campbell Link Tk in another 120m
Campbell Park Area Tracks
Campbell Park is a Defence occupied building to the south east of Mt Ainslie adjoining the Mt Ainslie reserve. There are several fire trails that go past Campbell Park and also footpads that lead from there to spots within Mt Ainslie reserve. Many Defence personnel going walking and jogging with the Ainslie reserve. There are some excellent exercise routes along the various FT’s such as the East 132KVA FT, Telecom FT and Scotts Boundary FT as well as nice footpad linkages such as GPS tracks XA, XB, XD, XG, XH, etc. Parking is not recommended there during working hours due to limited space but should be OK at weekends. There are many possible routes through the woodland and I have tracked one on the GPS shown in Red on the map to the right
To the left is a picture of a dam near Campbell Park. It can be found if one takes the GPS exploring track route ‘XM Route thru Woodland’
Mt Majura Main Tracks
The area covered by Mt Majura is the southern part of the whole area and an overview of all tracks is shown on the right
The main access points for Mt Majura are:
1. There is a bitumen access road to the top however its not open to the public with access off the Majura Road only for farmers and service workers to the Airservices Australia radar station on the top and co-located mobile phone basestations.
2. On the western side, access to Mt Ainslie can best be obtained from parking at Kellaway St, Hackett, off Phillip Ave. This is probably one of the best spots as it provides access to My Ainslie as well.
3. However its a long walk to Mt Majura from Kellaway St and if you wish to just climb Majura the best spot to park is at the eastern side of Antill St just at the end of the residential spread just north of Jukes St Hackett. Its a large open area with plenty of space. But its parking on the dirt.
4. Other parking areas for access to Mt Majura are possible at Verco St and Helms Place (not on map) off Rivett St, Hackett. Also McKenzie St opposite path and park to the west, and McKenzie St opposite Hull Place.
5. Further afield, access can also be made from Antill St north end 200m south of the Aspinall St roundabout, also from Ian Nicholl St in the new housing estate in the old Australia Heritage area. Similar access can be made off the SE side of the Federal Hwy between the Hackett Roundabout and the Majura road turnoff.
Overview maps of tracks in the Mt Majura area north side, central area and south side are shown below.
Best tracks to Mt Majura
1. The main walking track to Mt Majura starts from the North Western Powerline FT just east of Mckenzie St , Hackett near junction with Grayson
St. Its a good zig zag walking track to Sheep Camp location where it intersects with the FT coming up from Majura pines as well as the other main walking trail from the west which essentially goes down to the Majura Horse FT and eventually out to the Antill St CP. Also it joins with the Mt Majura summit FT that came from the Majura pines and then continues to the mountain summit. The combination of an access track from McKenzie St or FT around from Antill St, plus the main Casuarina Mt Majura Tk (GPS track MA) plus the summit FT provides the main walk to the top. An overview map of the best tracks to climb Mt Majura from the west and south side are on the right
2. Similarly returning to Sheep Camp location and taking the Casuarina Tk (GPS track MB) west down to the Majura Horse FT, then the Casuarina North West FT out to the Hackett House FT takes one back to Antill St CP. This combination of up and own tracks is called the Casuarina Track on TAMS maps (but its not well signposted or documented)
3. Another alternative is to take a side track half way down the Casuarina MB track called the Western Faces Trail (GPS track MC) which joins the Majura Horse FT 350m north of where the MB trail is. You can back track to the link track across to the Antill St CP or go north and out to the Antill North CP via the Watson wall route.
4. There is also a FT from near the gate at the top eastern end of the Blue Metal FT also accessed from the McKenzie St access point, that goes up to the Sheep Camp spot. Also just inside the gate there is a footpad GPS track ME Eastern fence Tk that goes up along the pines fenceline joining with the FT close to the Sheep Camp spot.
5. Also coming coming off the Eastern fence Tk near its start is a side footpad GPS track MF that joins the Main Access track MA near it first zig zag.
6. Further there is an other short footpad GPS track MG starting on the north west corner of the Lower Majura dam that climbs up and joins the same Main Access track MA a further 200m down from the first zig zag.
7. Another innovative option is to climb the mountain from the north side. One can start from the Antill St north end CP and then take a well defined track east to the horse jump site then further to the Great Wall of Watson, then onto the Majura Horse FT to the north, then east again until the FT swings north then after 200m one needs to head east across steeply rising rocky ground to the Majura Stone Wall, a 250m long fence made out of stones. Then head SE for <100m to the top of the small hill where there is a Tree Cubby house. One then heads south and east along a small ridgeline meeting the bitumen road coming up from the Majura main Road in about 225m. One can then head up the road to the top about 800m. That’s a bit boring so if your game you can climb off the bitumen road to the right in about 100m and take the ridgeline up to the radar station from the north. Information on the Majura Stone Wall or Great Wall of Watson from Tim the Yowie Man Also Johnny Boys walk to the same location
Pictures are of the Hackett Stone Wall and two of the Majura Stone Wall
8. Of course you can use any of the aforementioned options if you want a longer walk starting from the Kellaway St CP by going up the main
Hancocks FT to the SE for about 375m and then take an unmarked footpad GPS track MN which is a MTB trail and take it right through to the Blue Metal FY to the north a distance of around 1.1Km. This is a nice walking route and fairly smooth with limited dips and rises. Its much nicer than walking along FTs. From its end head east up the FT for a short 50m, then north up the Powerline FT for 75m for the start of the Majura Dams Tk GPS Track MH, or 225m to join the Main Majura track GPS track MA. Of course going up the Dam footpad gives access to the three options footpads along there to get to the Mountain top. Going along the Powerline FT instead gives access to the three options along there to get to the top
To the right is a picture of a GPS Track MN
Mt Majura Dams
There are two dams just south of Mt Majura and north of the Blue Metal FT. There is also a nice footpad (GPS track MH Majura Dam Tk) that starts more or less near Mckenzie St off the main Casuarina track to the top (GPS track MA) and goes right up past the two Dams on their north sides before meeting another footpad that climbs up Majura GPS track MF. This is probably one of the nicest areas in the Mt Majura area and you are likely to see numerous native birds around here. The dams were originally built as an overflow for the Upper Hackett Reservoir built in the 1960s. The Friends of Mt Majura received a grant in 2005 and have been trying to protect the dams and build a wetland environment for wildlife. The area of the dams is shown to the right
To the left are pictures of the Upper Mt Majura Dam and the Lower Mt Majura Dam
Mt Ainslie to Mt Majura Tracks
OK you want to walk from Mt Ainslie to Mt Majura or vice versa. There are of course numerous options. I like to take the least used footpads and will lay out several options.
1. If you want to use mainly FTs, then you can walk down the simple footpad GPS track K to the FT gate on the Old Tip Summit trail which takes you past the 5 Ways point and then down the FT to its junction with the West 132KVA Powerline FT. One then turns right and follows the Powerline FT through to the Hancocks FT junction then straight across to pick up a well defined footpad that takes you across a strong dip down to a dry watercourse then up to the Powerline FT again in about 300m. Its quite easy to follow and safe. The alternatives are less then acceptable as you would have to go downhill to pick up the Hackett House FT to the left or another FT from the top of the ridge to the east. One would then continue along the powerline to reach the Blue Metal FT. From that junction one would then head north up the Powerline FT for 75m for the start of the Majura Dams Tk GPS Track MH, or 225m to join the Main Majura track GPS track MA. Of course going up the Dam footpad gives access to the three options footpads along there to get to the Mountain top. Going along the Powerline FT instead gives access to the three options along there to get to the top.
2. If you want to use mainly footpads you have several options, probably the best being to take the GPS tracks G+F from the top of Mt Ainslie and down to the 5 Ways point. Then you have the option of going down the Old Tip Access Tk for 330m and taking footpads GPS tracks R+S to the Powerline East 132KVA FT for a very short distance to the main Hancocks Rd FT junction, then down footpad MW to the North Western Powerline FT, across it on short footpad GPS track MQ, then right onto the main MTB/footpad GPS track MN which takes one through to the Blue Metal FT. Then the same options as above are available.
3. As per 2 above, one takes the old bridle trail GPS track J from 5 Ways junction down to its meeting the Powerline East 132KVA FT then along that trail to the Hancocks Rd junction as for 2 above again, or one can go straight north along a short footpad GPS track MV meeting the Cherryburn FT which takes one right through to the Blue Metal FT near the gate to the Majura Pines where one can take any of the footpads off the Majura Dams footpad to the top. Doing that route I would suggest the Eastern Fence footpad GPS track ME to the Sheep Camp junction well up the mountain. However taking GPS tracks MF or MG are equally as sensible.
Circumnavigation of Mt Ainslie
OK you want to go right around Mt Ainslie mainly on FT’s without climbing the beast. Well that’s quite easy. Using footpads is slightly harder and takes more planning and cannot be achieved totally although some footpads can be used.
You can start at the AWM or Kellaway CP at Hackett. We will assume the latter as its very convenient for most. We will also travel in a clockwise direction.
Firstly we will take the Hancocks Rd FT south east to the crest of the hill which is an obvious main point for many trails. Its the major climb of this route. Alternatively if you prefer footpads take from near the gate a footpad GPS track D through the bush to its junction with the Powerline West FT, the turn left (north) along that FT for 225m, then take a footpad on the right GPS track R right trough to the Powerline West 132KVA FT, then north a short distance of 80m to the junction mentioned. Then continue on the Hancocks Rd down to the SE until it does a hard right near a fenceline on the left. Taking the right turn you then travel on a well defined flat Telecom FT (named because the old Telecom co-axial/optical fire cable) right though to where it meets the Powerline East 132KVA FT just west of Campbell Park Offices and near the Canberra Pistol Club buildings you will see on the right. You then take a footpad to the south of the club through to the Mt Ainslie Main Road, which you cross then after 100m you join the Campbell Link FT then quickly take the left fork and follow the Campbell Houses FT through until it meets the Campbell Link FT again, then to the Kokoda Foot track which you cross until you join either the Honor Thwaites FT for a 100m, then either take the lower Soxes FT or the higher Ainslie Link FT until you meet again near the Powerline West 132KVA FT. You can then follow it through to Hancocks Rd then back to the CP or ideally at the junction of the FT and the Old Tip Summit FT, turn left and take the footpad GPS track D back to the CP.
A nice footpad option, GPS track Y7, links the Ainslie House Track with the Western Powerline track. See picture to the right
Along the Western Powerline routes you’ll probably see many roos, some with joeys as this picture
Of course if you smart you might consider taking a detour down to the AWM and having a nice coffee at their Poppy’s Cafe at the Memorial. Such a route will be around 10Km depending on if you take the AWM detour for coffee, which adds about 1Km, depending on the actual route chosen.
Google earth kml/kmz files cover a the area available on Google Drive. Note opening the link will go the Google Drive and open the file in Google Earth; you do not have to install Google Earth. You also have the option to download the file or view in Google Maps. Put your mouse over and click on a waypoint and it will bring up a small description
Google Earth kmz file (view online or download) Use Google Earth to view off line
Google Earth kml file (view online or download) Use Google Earth to view offline or import into software like Oziexplorer
Garmin gpx file (download) Can import into Garmin mapsource/basecamp or Oziexplorer or most GPS Map software
Garmin gdb file (download) Import into Garmin Mapsource.basecamp only
List of Walking Tracks/Footpads and Fire Trails (as per gdb, gpx, kml, kmz files)
|Mt Ainslie Area Footpads|
|Ainslie Embank Tk||Footpad along edge of Ainslie suburb to Foveaux St on suburb side of channel||
|Ainslie Embank Tk2||Northern end of the same footpad||
|A||Nice walking route from Western 132KVA powerline FT right up to the 5 ways junction||
|B||Nice horizontal footpad that links A to the Ainslie Link FT||
|C||Nice footpad that links tks A to B||
|D||Nice footpad that serves as a shortcut from the Kellaway St CP to get to 5 Ways. Starts near the CP and finished at the junction of the Western Powerline and Old Tip Summit Access FT||
|E||Nice footpad that is indistinct to start but links B to F||
|F||Very nice footpad (upgraded) that links the 5 Ways Jn with the main rd at the top and also the pad over the top of Mt Ainslie, G||
|G||The footpad over the top of Mt Ainslie from the road to the lookout and the track down to the War Memorial, Z||
|H||This is an old route that comes from the Ainslie Link FT and ends just below the main road. Its an easy walk over grass to the top. This pad is not recommended as its steep and slippery near the top||
|I||This is an old route that comes from Foveaux St Ainslie crossing three FT and several footpads before climbing steeply before joining the main Kokoda Track, Z, 100m from the top. This pad is not recommended as its steep and slippery near the top||
|J||This is an old bridle trail that links the 5 Ways to the East 132KVA Powerline FT. Its a good route to get from Mt Ainslie north towards Mt Majura as well as also linking back towards Campbell Park||
|K||This links the 5 Ways to the main road and then across it and takes foot pad up along the side of the road and on to the main lookout||
|L MTB||This links the top of Mt Ainslie on its eastern side using part of K and travels down near the main access road but to its west side. The route requires travelling along the edge of the road for 100m and then continues down right to the lower Mt Ainslie gate next to a car park. Much of this had clearly been used as a MTB route||
|P Quarry 2 Tk||This is a nice and easy walking track that goes from the Kokoda main track at the Brigade Hill signpost and then down and around to Quarry 2 and then continues on and steeply down to the Campbell Link FT||
|Q Quarry||This is an interesting track that leaves the end of the Quarry (Loop) East FT and then climbs steeply to join the tramway route into the main Quarry. It then takes the eastern north side before climbing steeply to reach the top of Mt Ainslie. This is quite steep and slippery above the quarry||
|QA Quarry||This is a nice extension from near the end of the tramway (that links with Q Quarry) and follows around the hillside contours before meeting the Kokoda FT. Its easy and goes through a lovely Casuarina forest||
|QB MTB Quarry||This is another odd track that really starts on the Quarry (Loop) East FT and zig zags up under a small powerline, crossing QA, then continues up and deviates north then back west before dropping down to the join the Kokoda main track. Its clearly been developed by MTBs. It neatly links the Kokoda track to the Quarry||
|R||This footpad links the Western 132KVA FT to the Eastern 132 KVA FT, but just south and largely parallel to Hancocks Rd||
|S||This footpad neatly links R to the Old Tip Summit Access FT, and provides another useful way to get between Hancocks Rd and the top of Mt Ainslie||
|T||Another useful footpad that links Fisher St Ainslie with the Ainslie FT high up. It provides a natural extension of the other footpad H||
|U||This footpad starts near the Ainslie Village bad cross the Soxes and Ainslie Link FT before climbing up to join the Kokoda track at a sharp turn marked by a stone wall that one can sit on||
|V||This starts from track U just above its crossing of the Ainslie Link FT and then zigs north and crosses U before travelling south then east along a well defined old trail to also join the Kokoda Track 150m below U||
|War Memorial Footpads|
|W1 AWM Embank Tk||This is a footpad along and embankment holding a channel above the War Memorial. This part is just west of the main Kokoda trail. This footpad continues round further behind Campbell High School to Ainslie Village area.||
|W2 Remembrance Tk||This is s short footpad that joins the Kokoda Trail crossing the Honor Thwaites FT to the Campbell Link FT||
|W3 AWM Embank Link||This is a short footpad that link the Embank Footpad to the Honor Thwaites FT||
|War Memorial (Kokoda) Area Main Ascent Footpads|
|Z Kokoda Bitumen Track||This is the main walking track to MT Ainslie starting at Remembrance Park behind the AWM||
|ZA Shortcut||This is a nice grassy footpad that provides an easy shortcut to the main bitumen track. Easily found at the southern end behind the brick wall at a big turn||
|ZB Alt Rte||This is ill defined route up the ridge east of the main route to below the Lookout. Its accessible off the QB MTB Quarry footpad||
|ZC Alt Rte||This is ill defined route up the ridge east of the main route to below the Lookout. Its accessible off the QB MTB Quarry footpad||
|ZD Shortcut||Very short shortcut that links the Kokoda track to the Campbell Link FT||
|Ainslie Suburb Area Footpads|
|Y1 Footpad||A short footpad that leaves the Campbell Link FT, crosses a sharp gully, then rejoins the Ainslie Link FT||
|Y2 Link||A very short deviation from Y1||
|Y3||A short footpad that link the Ainslie Link FT to the U footpad and Soxes FT||
|Y4||A very short but nice footpad that link the Ainslie Houses Ft to the Soxes FT||
|Y5||A nice footpad that link the Soxes FT at junction of 4 FTs that link it to the Ainslie Link FT||
|Y6||This is a nice link between the Ainslie Link FT and the Soxes FT (especially if circumnavigating MT Ainslie)||
|Y7||This is a nice link between the Ainslie Houses FT, Soxes FT and the Ainslie Link and Western Powerline FT (especially if circumnavigating MT Ainslie)||
|Y8||Footpad that link Y7 and T footpads||
|Y9||Footpad that links Ainslie Houses FT to the West 132KVA FT||
|Y10||Footpad that links Ainslie Houses FT to the West 132KVA FT. Natural extension of footpad A||
|Y11||Footpad that links Ainslie Houses FT to the road into the old tip & the Old Tip Summit Access FT||
|Mt Ainslie Area Fire Trails|
|Ainslie Houses Tk||FT runs from Canning St near the City East Sub-Station along the edge of Ainslie suburb through to Phillip Ave||
|Ainslie Link Tk||Runs from junction of Honor Thwaites & Soxes FT behind Campbell High School and runs the closest to Mt Ainslie before finishing as it pass start of the West 132KVA FT, the end of Soxes FT before joining the Ainslie House FT||
|Campbell Houses Tk||A short unmarked FT that leaves the Campbell Link FT near a pump house before travelling west along the edge of houses and then rejoining the Campbell Link FT. It’s a useful shortcut if circumnavigating Mt Ainslie||
|Campbell Link Tk||A marked FT that starts at the gate & CP near the bottom of the MT Ainslie access road just past the junction with Fairbairn Ave, which runs parallel to the edge of Campbell and crosses the Kokoda main ascent track before finishing at its junction with the Honor Thwaites FT behind Campbell High School||
|Honor Thwaites Tk||FT runs from behind the CSIRO building and Ainslie Village & connects with the Soxes, Ainslie Link and Campbell Link FTs, crosses the Kokoda main ascent track before finishing at a gate (G9) near Cobby St, Campbell||
|Kokoda FT||Unmarked FT starts on the Quarry Tk Loop (West) FT and heads up steeply until it approaches the main Kokoda ascent track at a couple of points where it was used to build the walking track||
|Kokoda FT2||Unmarked FT starts on the Quarry Tk Loop (West) FT and heads up to meet the main Kokoda ascent track at a point about 100m up from the Brigade Hill signpost. It passes very close to the ‘P Quarry 2’ Walking Track||
|Lwr Beacon Tk||Steep and slippery FT that connects the East 132KVA FT to the Mt Ainslie main access Rd||
|Old Tip Summit Access FT||An old FT that links the gate at the end of Phillip Ave (Near the Kellaway St CP) to the West 132KVA FT , the 5 Ways Jn and the gate (G14) on the Mt Ainslie main access Rd, 350m up from where the Lwr Beacon Tk joins||
|Powerline North Hancocks Rd||This I have used as the main dividing point between Mt Majura area and Mt Ainslie area. Its marked on the sign posts as Hancocks Rd but has a powerline along much of its western end. It starts near the Kellaway St CP and goes all the way east to where it turns and becomes the Telecom Track||
|Quarry 2 Tk||This is a short FT that links the Quarry Tk Loop (West) FT to the Quarry No2||
|Quarry Tk Loop (East)||This is a FT that runs off the Campbell Link FT and right up to the access footpad to the Mt Ainslie Quarry||
|Quarry Tk Loop (West)||This is a FT that runs off the Campbell Link FT and connects with both Kokoda access FTs, the Quarry 2 Tk and joins the Quarry Tk Loop (East) FT||
|Soxes Tk||This starts behind Campbell High School at its junction with Honor Thwaites & the Ainslie Link FTs and runs between the Ainslie Houses and Ainslie Link FTs, before finishing on the Ainslie Link FT, near its junction with the West 132KVA FT. This is a useful FT is walking around MT Ainslie||
|SubStation Tk||Very short unmarked FT running from junction of Soxes and Ainslie Houses FTs to the City East sub-station||
|West 132KVA Tk||Significant FT on west side that links Soxes and Ainslie Link FTs and Y7 footpad to its main run along the west side of Mt Ainslie before meeting Hancocks main west-east FT||
|Campbell Park Area Footpads|
|XA Pistol Club to Campbell Pk||A nice footpad that links a gate (G25) at Campbell Park to the Pistol Club, the gates (G23, G24) on Mt Ainslie Drive through to the Campbell Link FT||
|XB Campbell Park Tk||A nice short footpad that links a gate (G25) at Campbell Park to the Telecom Track FT||
|XC||A nice footpad that links a junction between XA footpad the Northcott Trail through to a Horse Gate (G26) on Mt Ainslie Drive||
|XD||A nice footpad that links a gate (G26) at Campbell Park to the Horse Trail Link Tk||
|XE||A rough footpad that links a gate (G26) at Campbell Park to the junction of the Horse Trail Link Tk & Campbell Park Tk||
|XF||A very short footpad that links a car park at Campbell Park to the Campbell Park 2 FT||
|XG||A long old FT as a footpad that links the East 132KVA FT to the Telecom Track FT||
|XH||A shorter footpad offshoot of XG that link the East 132 KVA FT to the Telecom FT and links better to the Horse Trail Link FT||
|XI||A very short cut between jn of the Telecom Tk, the XH footpad and the Horse Trail Link FT||
|XJ||Another shortcut between the Telecom Tk and the Horse Trail Link FT||
|XK||A short footpad between the Scotts Boundary FT and the Campbell Park 1 FT through gate (G29)||
|XL||A short footpad between the junction of the Campbell Pk FT & Scotts Boundary FT & the Campbell Park 1 FT through horse gate (G28)||
|XM Route thru Woodland||A nice open woodland route (not actually a footpad) from junction of Horse Trail Link FT and Footpad XD (J159) past a couple of small dams and back to the FT closer to the Telecom TK. You can also start from the junction of the Horse Trail Link FT and the Campbell PK FT (J160). Watch out for roos||
|Campbell Park Area Fire Trails|
|Telecom Track||This is named because its follows the old Telecom co-axial/optical fire cable. It’s a long flat FT starting at the north at the eastern end of the Hancocks FT and continuing south for 2.5Km until it meets the Northcott FT close to the Canberra Pistol Club buildings||
|East 132KVA Tk||This is another main north south FT just east of the Mt Ainslie Drive. It starts at the north end on the Hancocks Track and travels south for 2.4Km until it drops down to meet the Telecom Track||
|Campbell Park 1||This is another nominally named FT within the boundary fence of Campbell Park on its north side. It provides linkages at several gates||
|Campbell Park 2||This is the other nominally named FT within the boundary fence of Campbell Park on its north side. It also provides linkages at several gates||
|Campbell Pk Tk||This is a short FT on the northern side of Campbell Park and together with the Horse Trail Link FT provides a main route to the Telecom Track||
|ACTEW Tk||This another nominally named FT that goes from a gate (G22) on Mt Ainslie Drive past an access track to the large ACTEW water reservoir and up to join the East 132KVA FT||
|Horse Trail Link Tk||This is a FT on the northern side of Campbell Park and together with the Campbell Park FT provides a main route to the Telecom Track||
|Northcott Trail||This is a short FT that comes from a gate (G31) on Northcott Drive past the Pistol Club and meets the Telecom FT also where another Old FT joins||
|Old FT||This is an old indistinct but usable FT that goes from the north end of the Northcott FT and up to join the ACTEW FT at the gate (G22)||
|Scotts Boundary SC||This is a shortcut between the Telecom FT at its northern end and the Scotts Boundary FT||
|Scotts Boundary Tk||This is a long and flat 1.8Km FT that goes at its north end form the Telecom track right down to the boundary of Campbell Park and joins with the Campbell Park FT. With the Horse Trail Link FT and Telecom FT it makes a nice long round trip for Defence personal on their fitness breaks||
|Mt Majura Area Fire Trails|
|Hackett Houses Tk||This is a long 2.4Km FT from Antill St at the north end down to Hancocks Rd at the south on the western side of the area||
|Hackett Houses Tk2||This is a short diversion of the Hackett Houses FT around an ACTEW tank||
|Powerline North West||This is another long FT and is essentially and extension of the West 132KVA FT but from Hancocks Rd in the south through to near the tank in the north and at the end of the Majura Horse FT. It provides a logical trail north for those who like FT walking||
|Blue Metal Tk||This is another significant FT running from McKenzie St, Hackett across the Powerline FT and east up to the boundary gate (G8) with the Majura Pines||
|Cherryburn Tk||This is also a long 1.8Km FT that links the Blue Metal FT in the north with Hancocks FT in the south on the eastern side of the area||
|Fence Tk||This is a short rough FT between the Majura Pines gate on the Blue Metal FT and the Cherryburn FT||
|Casuarina Trail North West||This is a nominally named FT that links the Hackett Houses Track with the Majura Horse FT. It’s a natural extension to the Casuarina MB Footpad||
|Majura Horse Trail||This is a FT that runs from the end of the Powerline FT near the ACTEW tank in the south north to a gate on the Federal Highway 900m north of the last roundabout on that road||
|Mawson Majura Tk||This is another FT that leaves the Majura Horse FT at its western end and then travels north to a gate on the Federal Highway||
|Mt MajuraSummit FT||This is another FT that runs from near the gate (G8) at the end of the Blue Metal FT but within the Majura Pines up to the north but parallel to the fence to met another short FT that then runs up to the Sheep Camp junction||
|Mt MajuraBitumenRd||This is a bitumen road that runs off the Majura Rd and to the top of Mt Majura. There is no public access. Some of this can be walked on if one visits the Majura Stone Wall||
|Mt MajuraAccessTop||This is steep FT/walking track to the top of Mt Majura from Sheep Camp junction||
|Mt Majura Area Footpads|
|MA Casuarina Mt Majura Tk||The main walking track to Mt Majura starts from the North Western Powerline FT just east of Mckenzie St , Hackett near junction with Grayson St. Its a good zig zag walking track to Sheep Camp location||
|MB Casuarina||This is the main alternative track to Mt Majura and starts on the Majura Horse FT to the west and climbs up to meet the MA footpad at Sheep Camp junction||
|MC Western Faces Trail||Two thirds of the way down MC there is an unmarked turnoff that then takes one on a long detour to the north to also join the Majura Horse FT||
|MD Old Channel Tk||To the north near the end of the Majura Horse FT this is a footpad along the embankment of a water channel that runs along the western alignment of lower Mt Majura and joins with the main foot track (MA) near it lower end||
|ME Eastern Fence Tk||The footpad runs from just east of Sheep Camp off the FT and down parallel to the fence but on its western side ending on the Blue Metal FT near the gate to Majura Pines. Another footpad MF is passed on the way||
|MF||This runs from near the gate to Majura Pines on the Blue Metal FT but off the footpad ME and up to the join the main access footpad to Mt Majura MA||
|MG||This is a short but steep footpad that leaves the NW corner of the Lower Majura dam and climbs up to meet the main access footpad to Mt Majura MA||
|MH Majura Dam Tk||This is a nice footpad that starts from the main access footpad to Mt Majura MA just east of McKenzie St and runs up the western side of the two Majura Dams before meeting footpad MF||
|MI Majura Dam Tk2||This is a short footpad that diverts from MH Majura Dam Tk around the west of the gully and rejoins the same track||
|MJ Majura Dam||This is a short footpad that leaves the Blue Metal FT and runs up to and along the Lwr Majura Dam wall||
|MK Majura Upper Dam||This is a short footpad that leaves the Blue Metal FT and runs across the Upper Majura Dam wall to the MH Majura Dam Tk||
|MM||This is indistinct footpad that links the MH Majura Dam Tk towards it eastern end with the Blue Metal FT||
|MN MTB Tk||This is an important link footpad which seems to be mainly used by MTBs but makes and excellent walking path between Hancocks rd not far from the Kellaway St CP right through to the Blue Metal FT not far from its junction with the Powerline North West FT||
|MO||This is a footpad that links Hancocks FT (near its junction with the West 132KVA FT through to the Hackett Houses FT||
|MP||This footpad links the MN footpad across MO and through to Hull Place (off McKenzie St) Hackett||
|MQ||This footpad links the Hackett Houses FT across footpad MN and to a junction of the Powerline North West and footpad MW. This could be an important route up to the high point on Hancocks FT||
|MR||A very short linkage footpad between MN and the Powerline North West FT||
|MS||Further to the north this footpad links the Hackett Houses FT to footpad MN and the Powerline North West FT||
|MT||Another footpad linking the Hackett Houses FT to footpad MN and also to the Blue Metal FT||
|MU||This is a nominally named route along the eastern fence between the Cherryburn FT in the north through to the junction of Hancocks Rd and Telecom Track in the south. It provides a nice route from Campbell Park to Mt Majura||
|MV||Nice little footpad that links the junction of Hancocks FT with the East 132KVA FT to the Cherryburn FT||
|MW||Nice little footpad/FT that links the junction of Hancocks FT with the East 132KVA FT down to the Powerline North West. This may be a central link between Mt Ainslie and a route to Mt Majura. It also provides a nice route from the top of the ridge right through to the Hackett Houses FT||
|MX Clancys Tk||This is a nice new footpad developed to link the Watson Wall footpad through to the new development in the old Australia Village area of Watson||
|MY Watson Wall||This is a nice footpad that runs from a gate (G5) where you can park (CP7) on Antill St Watson and up to meet the Majura Horse Trail FT near the “Great Wall of Watson”||
|MZ Majura Stone Wall Rte||This is essentially an unmarked route across open broken slightly rocky ground uphill to the Majura Stone Wall||
|MZ2 Stone Wall to Rd Rte||This is essentially an unmarked route up from the southern end of the Majura Stone Wall to an unofficial tree cubby house then along a nice ridge and down to the Mt Majura Bitumen Service Road||
|Majura Stone Wall||A short stretch of footpad along the Majura Stone Wall||