• Distance 8.4km
  • Altitude max 894m
  • Altitude min 664m
  • Duration 2 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 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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One Tree Hill ACT (8.4 km)

Urban Fringe

Nearest Town

Hall (on the northern edge of Canberra)

Starting Location

Trail Head at the corner of Hoskins and Hall Streets in Hall

The trail head

Car parking for this trail is on the roadside verge

Finish Location

Trail Head at the corner of Hoskins Street and Hall Street

Best Time to Travel

Year round. Please be advised that if there is a total fire ban then the trail is closed

One Tree Hill Trail Review

This trail is one of Canberra’s most heavily used trails, and for good reason as it provides some spectacular views. In addition it is also part of the 145 km Canberra Centenary Trail which is Canberra’s longest trail. As a byproduct of this heavy use, the trail is maintained regularly and is probably the most groomed trail in the Territory providing very good walking surfaces.

The trail head is in the back streets of the old rural town of Hall which due to city expansion is now part of the ACT. The trail ascends almost all the way from start to the summit at a slight but steady incline. There trail is mainly made of well groomed soil interspersed with a few metal mesh sections where the water was a potential issue. Being in the middle of a rural area there are a number of cattle grates on the trail designed to prevent any stock from escaping the paddocks. At the 4 km mark the trail branches off at a very obvious spur that leads up to the summit and this is the steepest section but it is not overly long.

The summit of One Tree Hill has a good seating area with interpretive signage so this is a great place for a short break or for lunch to take in the views before returning back to the trail head. This trail has it all; rural views, urban views, and bush views. One of the great things about this trail is the panoramic views even before you reach the summit. I love this part of the city as the vegetation is different to the trails on the southern side of town.

The trail is approximately 2 hours return and that includes a twenty minute rest stop at the summit. This walk can be extended to take in the Northern Camp Ground for an overnight stay if you feel like doing the 12 km distance to reach this camp site. Alternatively you can make this a one way walk at around 15 km (with some car swapping) or a 30 km walk by doing the full return walk to the suburb of Forde and back to Hall.

The One Tree Hill walk is well worth doing but if you plan on walking in the hotter part of the year check the fire warnings as the trail may be closed if there is a total fire ban.

Approximately 400 metres in you branch towards the right just past this power pole

Stile near trail start

Wattle in flower along the first section of the trail in late winter

This trail is heavily used and is one of the most groomed unsealed trails in the Territory

The majority of the track is in very good condition but there still some small muddy areas after extended periods of rain

There are sections of trail grate on the trail to keep you above the main wet areas

The trail is adjacent to private property which are working farms and off limits

There is some interesting bark on some of the trees along the trail

There are great views all along this trail

I always love this trail no matter how often I do it

Late flowering wattle still developing

New housing being built in the valley below

This trail is heavily used by runners and cyclists. Walkers have right of way but many people do not realise this. Keep to the left and be prepared to give way, sometimes its just easier

Trail example going up to the summit

Interpretive signage on the summit of One Tree Hill

Summit at One Tree Hill. There is a great seating area at the summit so bring some lunch or snacks to take in the views

Approaching the Summit

Getting There

Image from Google Maps

The trip from the centre of Canberra is approximately 20 minutes and 16 km, and is easy to access. Once you enter the main street of Hall, go past the shops and turn right into Hoskins Street just past the local school

The local park in the centre of Hall is a great place for a bathroom break or for a picnic at the end of the hike

Toilet block at the local park

Things to Know

  • Phone: There is excellent phone coverage on this trail (Telstra)
  • Water: You need to bring your own water
  • Toilets: There are no toilets on this trail
  • Trail: This trail consists of formed track
  • Dogs: No dogs allowed on the main trail
  • Camping: No camping allowed on this trail
  • Other: 
    • This walk is an out and walk back experience
    • This trail may be closed during designated total fire bans
    • This trail is really popular with mountain bikers and walkers  so an early start to the day will usually avoid any heavy traffic


This walk was undertaken by the team from Australian Hiker

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