• Distance 16.6km
  • Altitude max 899m
  • Altitude min 628m
  • Duration 3.75 hours
  • Trail type Circuit
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 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.

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Mt Ainslie-Mt Majura Circuit (16.6 km)

Australian Capital Territory

Mt Ainslie-Mt Majura Circuit Summary

This walk combines two other walks, Kokoda Track walk on Mount Ainslie and the Mount Majura Circuit. The ascents and descents on this walk make this a great training hike.

My starting point is along the fire trails on Mount Ainslie starting at the top of the suburb of Campbell. I start in this location rather than Remembrance Park as it provides steeper inclines without switchbacks and is along unsealed trails that require you to pay attention, particularly in summer when the main fire trail on Mount Ainslie is powdered and difficult underfoot. The option also exists to start at the Remembrance Park trail behind the Australian War Memorial however you will miss most of the kangaroos and wallabies that are usually present on the more remote starting point. There is plenty of on-street parking available next to the adjacent park.

While this walk combines the Mount Ainslie and Mount Majura trails you will also pick up the connecting segments unique to this trail that provide views over part Canberra city not normally seen by many locals. This trail also forms part of the 145km (90 mile) Canberra Centennial Trail that takes in much of the city.

The Mount Ainslie section of the trail has a high number of tourists from the Australian War Memorial, as does the Mount Majura segment and you will come across a number of mountain bikers and trail runners on the connecting trails.

This walking track provides good views of both the central part of Canberra as well as parts of the city not visible from Mount Ainslie. The summit of Mount Majura is home to the radar system for the adjacent airport and is only accessible by service vehicles. The walk goes through different types of vegetation so there is plenty to keep you interested. In the cooler months I go off-trail in some areas to avoid unnecessary travel however it is best to keep to the trail during the warmer months when the snakes are out and about. It’s also worthwhile bringing some insect repellent during to warmer months, as the flies can be bothersome.

This trail is strictly a one day trip as hiking is not allowed.

Getting There

Drive towards the top of the suburb of Campbell – the access lane way is where Jackson Street meets Cobby Street. This starting point is about 1.5k from the start of the Mount Ainslie ‘Kokoda Track’ walk.

Starting point. There is plenty of on street parking in this area.

An example of sealed track. The trail on this walk is mainly unsealed.

There are many options to doing this trail so each time you walk it you will have a different experience.

An example of the fire trail which forms part of this walk

Water is available on the top of Mount Ainslie but I would suggest taking water with you particularly on hot days.

The sun shining on the mist lifting after an early morning start.

Centennial Walking Trail – trail head

Mt Majura Summit

Cockatoo eating grass seeds.

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