The trail head on Bindubi Street is located just past the suburb of Cook if you are coming from the direction of Belconnen
Trail head on Bindubi Street is the easiest starting location to locate although there are two there starting options
Trail head on Bindubi Street
The Mount Painter summit walk is another of those small urban walks that is all about the destination and not the journey. This walk surprised me and halfway up to the summit I was thinking about this review and not being very generous in the rating that I was going to give it; and then I reached the summit area which consists of three seperate lookout and boy did I change my mind.
My initial negative thoughts about this walk related to the initial section of the walk from the car park up to around the water tanks as you approach the top section of the walk. I had decided to start the walk from Bindubi Street as this is by far the easiest starting location to locate and doesn’t require you to weave into the suburb and find a car park. The walk starts at the trail head on Bindubi Street and the first section of the walk is on a shared bitumen path before you turn left towards the summit of Mount Painter. From here on the walking is on management trail and formed trail and is relatively easy. If you start this walk at one of the two alternate locations within the suburb of cook you will shave about 1km off the walk however the parking is a bit more difficult. Up until the large water tanks the walk was just OK and I wouldn’t rate it anything special.
Once you go past the water tanks this is when the rewards for your minimal effort start to come. Your first spectacular view is across to Mount Ainslie and Black Mountain and the walk even provides a seat for you to take in the scenery. From this point you go through another gate and shortly after you reach the first of the lookouts that highlights the western sections of Canberra towards the Brindabella ranges. At this lookout and others there is great interpretive signage. From the first lookout you the head towards the summit proper and tis is where the steepest section of the walk is. This walk is by no means difficult and even if you don’t do much hiking this trail will not present to much of a physical challenge.
Once you reach the summit you have two lookouts. The upper lookout near the Trig station as well as a lower lookout about 50 metres down the hill. The views on this bald hill are brilliant and while it was blowing a gale and threatening to pour with rain this inclement weather provide some great photos across the city with a number of rainbows. After you have had your fill of the great views head back down the trail the way to came up. This short walk will take around 1 hour for fit walkers.
For a little walk this has now become one of my favourite Canberra walks and I look forward to being a regular visitor.
First section of trail once you leave the car park
About 700meters into the walk turn off the bitumen path and head up towards the Mt Painter summit on natural trail
MacKellar Crescent entry. Don’t rely on this gate being open but you can always park on the street and shorten the walk if you feel like it
Shortly after you pass the MacKellar Crescent entry you will reach the Mt Painter reserve proper
After around another 400metres you will reach the Booth Crescent entry to this walk. This entry is the shortest of the three options but the parking is a bit more difficult
Trail head sign located near Booth Crescent entry
Management trail which starts your ascent of Mt Painter
View over the houses just after you start your ascent
There are two large water tanks as you reach the start of the interesting section of this trail
Black Mountain and central Canberra from the first vantage point just past the water tanks
Strategically placed seating
Through another gate and up you go
Lookout 1 over the western side of Canberra
Short set of stairs
Obligatory Trig shot at the summit
Spectacular view from the summit of Mount Painter. The bad weather that was rolling in created some great photographic opportunities
Lookout 2 at summit
Arboretum with Woden Town Centre in the background
Lookout 3 just below the summit (centre of the picture)
In walking this trail you will be on part of the Bicentennial Trail
Google Map to Mt Painter car park from the Canberra GPO:
Pulling off the road to the Bindubi Street car park heading towards Cook. Black Mountain is on your left
Mount Painter car park on the left of Bindubi Street
This walk was undertaken by the team from Australian Hiker