Tuggeranong West Perimeter Loop

2 h 30 min to 3 h 45 min

8 km
circuit

↑ 249 m
↓ -248 m

Easy track
Starting from McManus Place, Calwell, this walk takes you on a circuit around the western part of Tuggeranong Hill Nature Reserve via various fire trails. With fire trails wide enough for you and your dog, this route can make for a great cardio session. As you’re skirting the perimeters of the reserve, expect to see gorgeous natural views filled with wildlife to your left whilst getting to know the surrounding districts to your right. You might come across a purple blanket of Cardoons(weed), making the scenery much more colorful and enjoyable. Kangaroos and wallabies are also present in the area, so hold on to your dogs leash just in case. Keep in mind that the trail can be slippery when wet. 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 (-35.4466592,149.1055266)
Mode Car
DirectionsFrom Tuggeranong Parkway
  • Turn on to Drakeford Drive then drive for 2 km
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Drakeford Drive and drive for another 700 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 1 onto Tharwa Drive and drive for another 600 m
  • Keep left and drive for another 85 m
  • Turn left onto Duggan Street and drive for another 115 m
  • Turn right onto Fidge Street and drive for another 660 m
  • Turn right onto McManus Place and drive for another 20 m
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From McManus Place(20 metres southwest of intersection with Fidge Street), head towards the metal gate with a “NO PARKING” sign on it, moving directly away from the street. Pass over/around the metal gate and veer right, then head along the dirt/gravel trail passing by the little metal roundabout to your left. Follow the fire trail as it veers right and skirts the house with the white fenceline(No:3) to continue along Tuggeranong West Perimeter Loop.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
Find the gate at the start.
Turn right, to head along Calwell Fire Trail.
After another 180 m continue straight.
After another 670 m head through/around the gate.
After another 10 m turn left.
After another 300 m continue straight.
After another 205 m continue straight.
After another 60 m turn left.
After another 890 m continue straight.
After another 370 m turn right.
After another 65 m continue straight.
Keep left.
After another 95 m continue straight.
After another 620 m continue straight, to head along Eaglemont Track.
After another 135 m continue straight, to head along Eaglemont Track.
Keep right.
After another 250 m continue straight, to head along Eaglemont Track.
After another 770 m continue straight, to head along Eaglemont Track.
After another 145 m (at the intersection of South Eaglemont Track & Eaglemont Track) veer left, to head along Eaglemont Track.
After another 325 m turn right.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. An optional side trip to the summit of Tuggeranong Hill(2.66km return), with a spectacular view over south of the valley and the Brindabella Range. Keep in mind that this side trip is more challenging than the main route. To start this optional side trip turn left here. On returning from this side trip turn sharp right when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 30 m continue straight.
After another 45 m turn left, to head along West Theodore Fire Trail.
After another 540 m continue straight, to head along West Theodore Fire Trail.
After another 440 m continue straight, to head along West Theodore Fire Trail.
After another 390 m (at the intersection of West Theodore Track & West Theodore Fire Trail) continue straight, to head along West Theodore Fire Trail.
Keep left.
After another 590 m turn left, to head along West Theodore Fire Trail.
After another 170 m continue straight, to head along West Theodore Fire Trail.
After another 30 m (at the intersection of Reservoir Track & West Theodore Fire Trail) turn right, to head along Reservoir Track.
After another 35 m (at the intersection of Reservoir Track & Calwell Fire Trail) turn left, to head along Calwell Fire Trail (a vehicle track).
After another 185 m veer right, to head along Calwell Fire Trail.
After another 440 m come to the end.

An optional side trip to the summit of Tuggeranong Hill(2.66km return), with a spectacular view over south of the valley and the Brindabella Range. Keep in mind that this side trip is more challenging than the main route.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 1.3 km come to the end.
About 35 m past the end is "Tuggeranong Hill".
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 1.3 km to the main route.
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Terrain
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Tuggeranong West Perimeter Loop


Grading
Class 2/6
Easy track
Length 8 km
Time 2 h 30 min to 3 h 45 min
Quality of track Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Gradient Gentle hills with occasional steps (2/6)
Signage Clearly signposted (2/6)
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 (1/6)
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