There is a good reason that Canberra is known as the bush capital – there are plenty of bushwalks offering everything from uphill climbs, panoramic views of Canberra, sights of kangaroos munching and an abundance of colourful wildflowers. There is one thing sure to relax and reward you after a bushwalking expedition through the Botanic Gardens and that is coffee and cake at Pollen.
Here is a list of the Pollen team's favourite walks through the gardens.
Rainforest Gully Walk
Distance: 300-500m | 20 – 40minutes
Difficulty: easy – a short and flat stroll with only a couple of steps
Highlights: this walk is cool with ample shade. You'll walk along boardwalks through ferns and other rainforest foliage.
Secluded and cool under the shade of leafy rainforest foliage, this walk consists of boardwalks and paths which take you through a small gully. Mostly flat, with only a few stairs; depending on the path you choose, this walk is accessible and leisurely.
Bushland Nature Walk
Distance: 2.2km return | 1 hour
Difficulty: moderate – a mixture of flat and steep terrain with minimal steps
Highlights: views of Canberra, picturesque stone bridges and it's not too steep
At the bottom left corner of the garden's car park you will find a gate with signs towards the ‘Bushlands Nature Walk’. A twisting path along the side of Black Mountain will lead you across stone bridges, through a eucalypt forest and out onto a platform with views of Lake Burley Griffin. Not too steep and not too long, this walk is a good choice for those wanting a bush walk without a hill climb.
Black Mountain Tower Summit Walk
Distance: 5.3km return | 1.5 hours (including time to take in the views!)
Difficulty: difficult – a long walk which is steep in some places
Highlights: views of Canberra and glorious eucalypts along a constructed path
Our friends at the Australian National Botanic Gardens call it the ‘Flower to Tower’ walk. From Pollen, wander past the Rock Garden, the Red Centre Garden and follow signs to the Summit Walk. You’ll need to pass through the Black Mountain Gate (open daily between 9.30am and 4.30pm) and follow the tracks up Black Mountain, towards the summit. Meander through twisting eucalypts, spot colourful birds and take in views of Canberra once you reach the top!