• Distance 2.6km
  • Altitude max 711m
  • Altitude min 656m
  • Duration .75 hours
  • Trail type Circuit
Two Stars

Two Stars

Meh - Take it or leave it

The Australian Hiker Experience Rating is a measure of the overall quality of a walk. It is intended to help you decide whether to walk a trail, not to measure anything objective. Consider this our personal take on the walk.

Grade Three

Grade Three

Suitable for most ages and fitness levels. Some bushwalking experience recommended. Tracks may have short steep hill sections a rough surface and many steps. Walks up to 20km.

The Australian Grading system is based on the australian standard for measuring trail hikes.

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Golden Sun Moth Walk ACT (2.6km)


Nearest Town

Forde, Canberra

Best Time of the Year to Travel

Year round but summer is the best time if you are after the Golden Sun Moth

Starting Location

Car park for Golden Sun Moth Walk

Trail head car park located just off Mulligans Flat Road in Forde. Access the trail start through the horse access on the left side of the car park….

Or through the stile in the fence on the right hand side of the car park

Finish Location

Trail head car park located just off Mulligans Flat Road in Forde

Golden Sun Moth Walk Review

This short walk sits on the edge of the urban fringe on the northwest border of the Australian Capital Territory and is a guaranteed location to see Kangaroos without travelling out of the city itself if you have overseas visitors.

The walk starts at the trail head car park just off Mulligans Flat which is also the start point for the Border Walk and the Northern Campground Walk. The carpark is easy to access but as these walks are very popular arrive early in the day or expect to park along the road. Enter the reserve itself by one of two access points and read the trail head signage that explains the walk. Head up the trail towards the hill following the yellow trail markers. Just before you hit the steep section of hill you will be directed off towards a trail to the left.

The high point of the trail is not far past this point and this is where you will find a picnic area with a large amount of interpretation signage on the Golden Sun Moth. Take the time to have a break and to read the signage in this area before turning around and heading back down the way you came.

If you really want to see Golden Sun Moths then do this walk in summer when its not raining.  The views over this northern part of Canberra back towards the city are very good and while you wouldn’t describe this walk as challenging it’s a good little walk just the same. If you have young children or non walkers with you then its a great option given the distance and the guaranteed Kangaroos. As close to the urban fringe as this walk is I still love this part of Canberra.

Before you start the walk note the warning signs for dog/fox bait. Dogs are prohibited in Mulligans flat. There is also signage for the Canberra Centenary Trail. The only part of the Golden Sun Moth Trail that connects with this trail is at the trail head

Trail head signage at the start

Reserve signage

Interpretive signage at trail head

View of the walk from near the start

Water source for this area


Kangaroo on the trail. The start of this walk is one of the easiest places in the city to be guaranteed of seeing kangaroos

Cockatoos flock near the dam

The trail is well marked

Views towards the centre of Canberra

Veer of the the left following the signage. If you head towards the right you can access the Northern Campground Walk or the nearby Border Walk

Fence stile at the high point of the walk

Picnic shelter at the top of the walk

Interpretive signage and seating combined

Sun Moth interpretaion signage

Image showing the optional start point for this walk located just off the urban housing

Walk back down

Walkers doing one of the other walks in this area

Views as you head back down on the return walk

Car park view from up the hill

Lots of Kangaroos

Getting There

Google Map to the trail head for the Golden Sun Moth Walk from the Canberra GPO:

  • This walk is located on the northern edge of the Australian Capital Territory and is very easy to locate

Car park for the Golden Sun Moth Walk

Things to Know

  • There are no toilet facilities on this trail
  • You need to bring your own water
  • This trail is walkable year round but best during summer if you want to see the Golden Sun Moths
  • The mobile phone coverage is excellent on this trail
  • This trail can be started at two points but is best done from the Mulligans Flat Road car park


This walk was undertaken by the team from Australian Hiker

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