• Distance 1.3km
  • Altitude max 681m
  • Altitude min 641m
  • Duration .75 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 Grading system is based on the australian standard for measuring trail hikes.

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Percival Hill Walking Track ACT (1.3km)


Nearest Town

Nicholls, ACT

Best Time of the Year to Travel

  • Year round

Starting Location

Top of Schow Place, Nicholls

Finish Location

Top of Schow Place, Nicholls

Percival Hill Walking Track Review

By no means is this the longest or most spectacular walk in the region, far from it, but when we ended up with severe time pressures and the weather forecast on our planned hike was horrendous, we looked around for a short walk we hadn’t done before and came across the Percival Hill Reserve. This reserve is typical of the many small reserves that are spread around Canberra.┬áThe trailhead for this walk is located within the suburbs at the top of Schow Place. The turning circle fits around four cars at the end of the place without having to park in front of houses although that is an option.

This short walk is all on management track and the start, on the left side of Schow Place, is very obvious. Head through the gate and follow the fence line along the management road. The trail is easy to follow and turns through an open section of the fence on the right before you reach the destination point which is the Percival Hill TRIG.

The summit provides great views down to the surrounding suburbs below as well as to the Belconnen and Gunghalin town centres through the bush buffer zones that are spread throughout Canberra. I have lived in Canberra for most of my life and have never visited Percival Hill so it was good to see some unique views from this hill top. We saw a small mob of kangaroos on the summit but apart from the occasional birdlife that’s about it on the animal front.

Once you’ve had your fill of the views make your way back down to the trailhead. The entire walk will take under 45 minutes to complete.

Through the suburbs

Park at the top of Schow Place

Through the gate on the left side of the road

Through the gate

Heading up the hill

Follow the road through an open gate on the right

Approaching the summit

Gill under the TRIG on Percival Hill

Suburb of Palmerston

Research glasshouses below

Gunghalin Town Centre

Belconnen Town Centre

Optional return road

Heading home

Back to the trailhead

Walk Video

This video includes a slideshow from start to finish of this walk that includes still and video images to give you a real time idea of what the walk is like

Getting There

This walk in located within one of the bushland buffer zones on the edge of the suburb Nicholls 18km from the Canberra GPO


Trailhead car park at the top of Schow Place, Nicholls

Things to Know

  • There is excellent phone signal on this track
  • You need to bring your own water
  • There are no toilets on this trail
  • Dogs are allowed on a leash


This walk was undertaken by the team from Australian Hiker

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