Davidson Hill Mini Circuit

45 min to 1 h 15 min

2.4 km
circuit

↑ 115 m
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Moderate track
Starting from the car park near Mugga Way, Red Hill, this circuit walk gives you a compact tour of the southern side of Red Hill Nature Reserve, visiting Davidson Hill along the way. As you enjoy the views over Canberra throughout the track, a purple blanket of wildflowers may come into your view if you’re there in spring. Don’t fret if you can’t see any purple though, as there’s much more to the walk than the flora. Enjoy a meal at the Onred Restaurant, observe the city from the lookout points, take in the scenery and watch for kangaroos and birds as there are plenty in the reserve. The area tends to be busy on the weekends, so try to schedule it on a weekday if you want to avoid the crowd. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
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Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start (-35.3351755,149.1215238)
Mode Car
DirectionsFrom Melbourne Avenue
  • Turn on to Stonehaven Crescent then drive for 2.1 km
  • Turn right and drive for another 85 m
  • Turn right and drive for another 40 m
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
Starting from the car park on Mugga Way(235 metres south of intersection with La Perouse Street), head towards the informational signpost with a green roof on top near a metal gate, along the dirt path. Pass through the gap next to the gate and turn left, then join the fire trail as you pass by the said informational signpost, now on your right side. Keep following the dirt fire trail to continue along Davidson Hill Mini Circuit.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 45 m turn right.
After another 7 m turn left.
After another 335 m continue straight.
After another 510 m veer right.
After another 340 m turn right.
After another 170 m pass the "Davidson Hill" (on your right).
Turn right.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. A recommended side trip taking you to the Onred Restaurant and the lookout points nearby, for better views and fuller stomachs. To start this optional side trip continue straight here. On returning from this side trip turn left when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 520 m turn right.
After another 430 m cross the ford.
Continue straight.
After another 30 m cross the ford.
After another 100 m continue straight.
After another 7 m turn left.
After another 20 m come to the end.

A recommended side trip taking you to the Onred Restaurant and the lookout points nearby, for better views and fuller stomachs.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 410 m continue straight.
After another 35 m pass the picnic table (on your right).
A toilet.
This toilet is wheelchair accessible.
The end.
"Onred restaurant".
About 40 m past the end is a viewpoint.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 450 m to the main route.
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Terrain
Know the Hills, grading & facilities

Davidson Hill Mini Circuit


Grading
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 2.4 km
Time 45 min to 1 h 15 min
Quality of track Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Signage Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Infrastructure Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (2/6)
Experience Required No experience required (2/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (2/6)

Some facilities on route
Toilet: There is one 1.8 km (plus an extra 470 m along side route) from the start.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Toilet
1.8 km[toilet]
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