• Distance 4.5km
  • Altitude max 848m
  • Altitude min 599m
  • Duration 1 hours
  • Trail type Return
Three Stars

Three Stars

Worth Doing

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 Two

Grade Two

No bushwalking experience required. The track is a hardened or compacted surface and may have a gentle hill section or sections and occasional steps. Walks no greater than 10km.

The Australian Hiker Difficulty Grading System is based on the australian standard for measuring trail hikes.

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“Kokoda Track” – Mt Ainslie (4.5 km)


Canberra is euphemistically known as the bush capital with the hills, ridges and buffer zones throughout the city deliberately left as natural bush making this one of the world’s unique cities.

While a number of fire trails provide access the main walking trail up Canberra’s central mountain, Mt Ainslie, is located just behind the Australian War Memorial in the centre of the city. Being in such close proximity to the memorial has meant that this trail is unique and named for the Kokoda Trail in memory of one of Australia’s most well known wartime engagements. The trail head is home to a 3D bronze relief providing background to its Papua and New Guinea namesake. In addition a series of plaques line the trail up to the summit providing information on key sites. This trail also forms part of the 145km (90 mile) Canberra Centennial Trail that takes in much of the city.

This walking track provides unique views of the city from varying vantage points with the summit on Mt Ainslie providing the best views of the Australian Capital. Throughout the year the bush land though which the trail winds showcases the local flora and at times fauna with the odd kangaroo or wallaby being seen. Due to its location a large number of tourists undertake this walk.

Getting there

Parking is available both at the Australian War Memorial as well as on the roadside behind the memorial. Be warned that as the memorial is a major tourist attraction, you will need to avoid the peak times otherwise you will need to park in the adjacent suburb.

Park at trail head

Trail head with bronze relief map of the Kokoda Track in Papua New Guinea

Interpretive signage explaining key points on the Kokoda Track

Flowering Wattle in September

View from the summit