The start line is lakeside, in front of Rond Terrace on the North side of Lake Burley Griffin,.
Follow the lakeside path (RG Menzies Walk) heading SE and then S towards the Carillon. Approximately 150m after the Carillon you turn left to take a path leading up to Kings Ave Bridge. Cross Kings Ave Bridge and soon after turn right onto a path that heads down to a pedestrian tunnel under Bowen Drive and then merges with the main pedestrian path (heading NW). This path (keep left) passes next to features including the National Gallery of Australia, the High Court of Australia, Constitution Place (with Old and New Parliament Houses visible), Questacon, and the National Library of Australia. As you approach Commonwealth Ave Bridge this path veers to the left away from the lake and runs next to Flynn Drive, where it passes under the Bridge, and then becomes a two lane bike path. The path passes Nara Peace Park (toilets) then swings to the right near the roundabout (RDBT) after which you immediately turn left to cross Alexandrina Dr to follow the bike path up towards Parliament House. This path crosses Forster Cres, passes under 2 roads and then becomes narrow and climbs more steeply.
On the way up the hill turn right at the first path junction and then right again when you reach Parliament House to follow the grassy path on the right-hand side (RHS) of the road. After approximately 200m turn right at the first road (Melbourne Ave) to stay on the RHS footpath, which crosses a bridge over the road and leads down to a pedestrian crossing/lights at State Circle.
After crossing State Circle follow the footpath uphill on the RHS of Melbourne Ave, taking care crossing Somers Cres, National Cct, Dominion Cct, Empire Cct, and then Gawler Cres at the traffic island (at the end of Canberra Girls Grammar School), and head across to the RHS footpath towards Red Hill. After approx. 150m cross Stonehaven Cres at the RDBT to join the grassy verge on the RHS of Red Hill Dr. and then 130m later turn right immediately after crossing the bridge to join a dirt single track (ST) which then merges with the wider Deakin Reserve Fire Trail. After approx. 1K turn left at the Rutidosis Track sign to climb through a metal fence and then 20m later turn right to head steeply up the C. Russell Track.
Turn left at the next T-jn to continue uphill on a gravel road and then 100m later turn left again at the saddle track intersection to head steeply uphill once again. After passing through a metal stile take care crossing Gowrie Dr, head up the stairs and again take care crossing Red Hill Dr, entering the steps and dirt ST heading steeply uphill, which soon opens up to a right hand turn at a T-jn heading towards a radio tower. At the Red Hill Lookout Bay turn right towards the power pole to once again cross Red Hill Dr and then turn immediately left to join the dirt ST, which heads past the water tank reservoir and soon turns right and briefly down before climbing again along the fence line towards Red Hill restaurant, with expansive views of the Woden Valley opening up to your right. This track levels out near the public toilet next to Red Hill restaurant (toilet & water available), descends to a 6-way track at a saddle and continues straight ahead, up a steep climb, becomes sealed and then flattens out.
Near the top of the final climb detour left onto 30m of dirt ST to touch Davidson trig and then re-join the main trail again 50m later. Continue straight at the bottom of a short, steep descent as the track flattens and widens and becomes dirt again and after 200m or so take care to continue straight ahead to re-join the flat bitumen path.
The path then drops steeply down to a climb-through metal fence. Turn right onto the main Hindmarsh Track, staying near the fenceline for only 200m before turning 10 o’clock downhill onto a wide track that veers left after 200m (pedestrian detour) and narrows to single track running just beneath Hindmarsh Drive. After another 150m take care to veer right off this ST following the ribbon to your right, keeping the retaining wall behind the houses to your right. This will lead you down to the First Drink Station and a pair of large drainpipes on your left. Crouch down to go through the RHS drainpipe tunnel that takes you under Hindmarsh Dr. for approx. 100m. Immediately after exiting the tunnel turn left to climb up a grassy bank and then drop down onto a faint ST staying parallel to the road, which merges 60m later with a ST coming in from the right. For the next forested section though the O’Malley woodlands follow the orange marker ribbons onto the middle one of three faint tracks, which crosses a low wire fence and a log and then becomes a more clearly defined ST in its own right. This ST crosses a dry watercourse and after approx. 500m turns right to climb a grass embankment, crosses the top of a rocky, wire covered retaining wall and then heads uphill into the open.
After approx. 500m of steady gentle climb this track merges with a wider track from the left and 60m later you veer left (11 o’clock) onto a small access ST for 30m and turn left again at the T-jn (Equestrian sign) to head uphill. Follow this main track up the hill and then along the flat section above the houses in Isaacs for about 1.2K before entering the pines, taking care to stay on the left (higher) trail before turning hard left at the first equestrian sign then 40m later staying left at the fork to head very steeply uphill.
At the top of this steep pitch the track swings East while offering expansive views of the Woden Valley and beyond to the North, climbs gently to Sheaffe Trig and then follows the fence line along the ridge for approx. 1.2K.
Along the way you head down to a minor saddle, a small climb, and then descend to a major saddle where you merge with a wider road to continue heading uphill to your right. Just before the top of the climb take the right fork in the track to soon merge with the ridgeline track near the orange/white radio tower and then only 30m later turn right (downhill) onto a fire trail which heads down into the pines. After 400m or so this trail turns right and drops very steeply for about 300m before swinging hard right again along a gentle descent between the pines. Turn left (downhill) 300m later at the next intersection and follow this for only 100m before veering right to join 40m of dirt ST that cuts the corner to join another equestrian track heading right towards Shepherdson Pl.
After 200m turn left to take the sealed path uphill to pass under Yamba Dr. – approx. 50m later veer left uphill off this track at approx. 10’o clock heading to pass a wooden fence and continue straight through to a very rocky 200m stretch of track which swings left and downhill towards the houses at Farrer. Turn left onto the track behind the houses and after 500m or so take care to stay on the right, lowest, flat track (2 o’ clock heading) that stays closest to the houses. A bit over 500m later when the main track turns left you can cut the corner to the right following 80m of ST which then merges with another main track that heads roughly parallel to the Farrer houses. About 600m further on you should bear left at the fork in the track (equestrian sign) to head away from the houses. This track starts to descend past the RHS of the water reservoir and soon after turns left, heading straight towards Mt Taylor and downhill to cross some wooden equestrian stiles to arrive at the 2nd drink station on the eastern side of Athlon Dr. This is the largest and most dangerous road crossing of the race and you MUST obey the road marshals’ instructions as to when you can cross both double lane sections.
After crossing Athlon Dr you cross a bike path, go through a gate near a stile and continue directly uphill on the Torrens Houses fire trail (FT). A bit over 1K later (near the corner of the housing line on your right) turn left, uphill, at the Mrs Low’s FT sign to pass through a gate, and 70m later turn right before the tourist information board to head steeply uphill on the track that leads up Mt Taylor. This narrow track passes several lookout chairs that offer great views of the Tuggeranong Valley and the Brindabella Mountains before becoming stepped and steeper and then opens out to a wider road that soon turns right and climbs very steeply towards the radio tower. At the top of this steep climb veer right onto 60m of rocky ST that takes you to the Mt Taylor trig and then 60m back left to re-join the main FT heading North, which drops gently, turns to bitumen, and then drops very steeply, offering a dramatic view to the North. The road briefly turns back to dirt and temporarily flattens out before swinging left (West) and dropping steeply once again on a 100m bitumen section. Turn right (2’o clock) immediately at the end of this bitumen section onto a dirt track and 100m later bear right at the fork, continuing 90m to the Transition station just above the steps leading down to the Waldock St (dead end) car park.
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Sri Chinmoy Canberra Trail 100, leg 2
Leg 2: end of Waldock St, Mount Taylor to Kirkpatrick St, Weston (next to RSPCA), 27.5 km
From the transition at the picnic table above the end of the car park at the end of Waldock St, following the small track along the fenceline parallel with the road, then veer left 45 degrees to a dirt path about 50m short of the gate. Continue straight ahead 80m later to cross Nth Taylor Fire Trail (FT) and head down into the gully on the narrow single track (ST). Cross the West Powerline FT and continue straight ahead (W) down onto the Old Kambah FT. After passing a dam on your right the trail swings left (S) and heads down to a climb-through gate. Continue straight to cross Colquhoun St and follow the dirt track on the LHS of the houses for about 150m before turning left onto a bitumen path which heads under Sulwood Dr.
Immediately after exiting the underpass turn right to follow a dirt track between the houses and the road. At the end of the house fences do not follow the fence line to the left but instead continue another 30m straight into a watercourse and then turn left to follow the grassy ST between the trees that runs parallel to Drakeford Dr. Turn right at the first footpath you come to head under Drakeford Dr. and upon exiting the tunnel continue straight ahead on the path that heads between the houses, taking care to cross Bacchus Cct and continuing straight until the path ends at Attiwell Cct.
Continue straight to follow the RHS verge of Attiwell Cct for approx. 250m before turning right at the T-jn onto Bacchus Cct and then immediately left into Lunn Pl. At the footpath 20m past the end of Lunn Pl take the faint ST at 10’o clock heading which merges with a footpath which leads up to a bus stop at Kambah Pool Rd.
Cross the road according to the marshal’s instructions and head straight up onto the footpath heading up the hill. After 80m turn right at the fence line to leave the path and head around a gate uphill (N) onto a dirt track. Turn right after approx. 300m (where the track flattens out near the houses) to climb through a wooden gate towards Mt Arawang. Follow the ST for 110m to climb through another wooden gate. Cross over the gravel road here and continue straight ahead on the Centenary Trail (CT) over a footbridge onto the Mt Arawang Summit Trail – the steepest section of this leg. Climb for 670m to the Mt Arawang summit trig, then follow the track downhill to your left, heading towards Cooleman Ridge and Mt Stromlo.
After descending through trees for 380m, continue straight ahead at the 4-way intersection, rejoining the CT along Cooleman Ridge.
Veer right (R) at the fork after 50m, continuing on the CT for another 450m, then turn L at the T-junction with the Guinness Fire Trail (FT), then R again after 90m at the CT sign onto a foot track in front of a water storage tank. You are now heading NW along the ridgeline of Cooleman Ridge. The track dips and after 600mcontinues straight at a 4-way intersection and through an open gate. 170m further on, cross straight over the Darrell Place FT, along side another larger water storage tank. The track rises and veers left at the fork after 170m, through a stand of trees and beyond, with sweeping vistas to the E across the Bullen Range to the Brindabellas, then following a lovely fast trail along the W of the ridgeline through woodland.
The course now departs the CT, turning L (heading downhill) at the 4-way intersection onto the Dam FT.
After descending for 300m, climb through the gate and turn R at the Cooleman Ridge Bicentennial National Trail (BNT), heading N. Climb through another gate after 620m, and immediately turn L onto a foot track heading W, keeping the fenceline to your left for a further 640m. Alongside a hourse on your left (the best situated house in Canberra?), rejoin the Cooleman Ridge BNT, heading L and continuing N-E. The CT rejoins your route as you continue to the W of a small (sometimes dry) dam, continuing for another 340 as you swing around the N end of Cooleman Ridge, crossing a set of horse logs to reach the intersection of Kathner St with Percy Crescent, Chapman.
Follow the track along the W side of Kathner St, which turns to the L. Keep the fence line on your left and after 130m turn left once again to head W towards the Mountains.
Stay ot the L at the fork, where the CT continues to the R. Fill up bottles at the 1st drink/aid station (approx. 10K elapsed) just before crossing the equestrian centre access road. Climb across the stile over the fence and follow the first track W along the fenceline to your L. After 450m, turn L onto the main dirt road, through an open gate, continuuing L at the next fork along the equestrian trail for another 890m before this trail turns to the N and starts climbing gently.
After climbing for 330m, turn R off the equestrian trail and away from the fenceline, more sharply uphill with pine trees on your right, and later on both sides. When you reach the T junction near the top of Narrabindah Hill, with the trig on your R (you do not have to visit this one!), turn L heading downhill with Telstra Tower and Black Mountain straight ahead of you. 60m later bear right to continue down towards the road, passing two metal climb-through gates that may or may not be open on the day. As the trail approaches Eucumbene Drive keep right along the fence line to reach a pedestrian stile that you will climb over. From here turn left (N) to follow the dirt path which becomes a small dirt ST that runs downhill alongside Eucumbene Dr to Cotter Rd.
Cross Cotter Rd according to the marshal’s instructions and enter a ST that soon merges with a larger track and 100m later passes the Canberra Bushfire Memorial whereyou take the bike path to your left, heading towards Mt Stromlo. After 350m or so the path climbs to a paved road at which you will briefly turn right and then immediately left onto a major dirt road heading uphill. After approx 500m continue straight at the road junction to continue climbing uphill towards Mt Stromlo. After another 400m or so the road enters the blue gums and then swings left to climb up to a track intersection. Turn right at this intersection to head another 500m as the road swings right to the N, climbing steadily to a T-junction with a view of the Stromlo MTB course tunnel where you will turn left (uphill, away from tunnel). This dirt road heads for approx 500m W and then SW to join Mt Stromlo Rd, where you turn right to follow the road all the way straight up to the top of the hill (no turns) and run a semi-circle around Mt Stromlo Trig before taking the white concrete footpath down heading W.
Continue down the path to a bare metal gate and turn left (S) to follow a steep descent down a dirt road that heads SW/W for a little over 400m before it reaches a T-junction where you will turn right onto a dirt road that soon swings further right to the North to run parallel with the ridgeline above. After 400m this road has a short climb and then descends (NNW) for approximately 300m to bring you to a major track intersection, where you will turn right (NE) onto the Forest Trail.
Follow the Forrest Trail winding around the base of Mt Stromlo for about 2.3km, avoiding all potential turn-offs, until you turn L onto the Carpark Trail, which then merges into the Ridge Trail, which takes you past the construction site of the Stromlo Leisure Centre on your L, to a T-junction, where you turn L, then immediately R across the grass for 50m to a small opening in the fence leading to Dave McInnes Rd. Cross this road and turn R onto another track on the other side which will bring you onto the disused section of Urriara Rd where you turn R and follow to the end.
Climb over the small metal barrier at the T-junction with Swallowtail Rd and follow the cycle lane then the gravel shoulder on the LHS of the road. Just before John Gorton Dr, take a hairpin L turn onto the cycle path which loops under John Gorton Drive and continues aorund the LHS of the pond. Turn L at the T-junction at the end of the pond and soon after turn R onto the Grasslands Track, which follows the contour of the Molonglo River down on your left, around the outer perimeter of Coombs. Just before the concrete crossing of the Molonglo River, turn R onto a gravel track which immeditaely crosses a footbridge and up a gravel slope. Turn L at the cycle path, then R shortly after at the next cycle path, which brings you around past the RSPCA on your L, to the transition area at the head of Fitzpatrick St, Weston.
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Sri Chinmoy Canberra Trail 100, leg 3
Leg 3: Kirkatrick St, Weston (next to RSPCA) to Cnr Majura & Phillip Ave, Dickson, 24.6 km
130m after leaving CP2 veer right off the road to follow a dirt path next to a wire fence. This turns to bitumen after 120m. After another 100m make sure that you turn left between the pine trees (just before the path swings right) to head down a rutty single track to a small bridge after 50m. Veer right from the bridge to keep heading right across a larger bridge crossing the Molonglo River. 270m later continue straight ahead past the swing gate and intersection - heading uphill into the pines. The climb flattens out after about 300m, and 200m later brings you to an intersection where you will turn right (N) to follow the road parallel with the powerlines. After just under 800m you will turn left at the first intersection to run parallel with the big double powerlines. 80m later veer right to pass under the DBL powerlines and another 80m later turn right to join the Boundary Rd that heads around the boundary of the Arboretum.
Follow this road up towards the Arboretum for approximately 1K before Boundary Rd turns left (NW) to go around the Western boundary of the Aboretum. Boundary Rd running parallel with the double powerlines. After approx 1K the road descends parallel to DBL powerlines, 200m after that swings to the NE towards Black Mtn Tower and 140m later starts climbing up to the Arboretum Works Compound buildings. Pass by the white locked gate near the Works compound and take care to stay left near the fence at the boulder to stay on Boundary Rd., which turns left downhill (N) and then right (E) to commence a steady climb of about 700m up to a white swing gate at the Cnr of Boundary & Himalayan Cedars Rd. Turn left at the gate to keep following the dirt road which turns right (E) to head steeply downhill with great views of Lake Burley Griffin in front of you. At the bottom of the hill turn left at the fence corner to cross the wooden horse stile and continue straight ahead on the “Cork Oaks via road” track, which you follow for about 800m. Turn right at the T-junction to follow the path under William Hovell Dr and after 130m turn right at the T-junction onto the bike path heading towards Black Mtn Tower.
After 250m turn left to leave the bike path and cross the pedestrian stile leading into Aranda Snow Gums Reserve. After 200m you will follow a walking trail denoted by a series of wooden posts. Keep a lookout ahead for these posts which first lead you parallel to an erosion gully on your right and then (after 400m) turn right to cross this gully to head N up onto a grassy track. Follow this grassy track for approx. 400m to reach a gate and a T-junction. Turn right to follow the 4WD track heading N for 600m until you reach a T-junction next to Caswell Drive. Turn right and after only 60m turn left to head under Caswell Drive. Follow this track as it heads straight for 70m before swinging right, climbs briefly, and then gradually descends S back towards Lake Burley Griffin, running parallel to Caswell Drive for a few kilometres (becomes the “Woodland Fire Trail”) before swinging left (E) and climbing gradually for 160m and then swinging left again (N) to climb a very steep short pitch. At the top of this pitch you leave the main track to turn right onto the small ST ("Breakfast Hill") which heads steeply up towards Black Mtn. summit and Tower. This long, tough climb terminates at a T-junction with the Black Mountain Forest Trail, a ST which you will follow to your left to give you a scenic contour around the West side of Black Mtn (BM) until you hit the intersection with the main walking track on the N side of BM. Climb steeply up the cement track for approx 180m before taking a track to your left heading around the E side of the Mtn. This track swings right to climb up to meet Black Mtn Drive near Telstra Tower. Turn left and stick to the LHS of the road for only 60m or so before turning left to take a ST walking path for approx 350m which takes you down to the first Drink Station at the car park.
Just after the drink station (40m) turn left to take the path down towards the lookout platform but veer off to the right of the platform and downhill to take up a very faint track that becomes wider and more obvious after 100m or so and then becomes a rocky, steep FT that passes by the RHS of a water tank after 300m and drops steeply for another 150m before swinging left (N) to follow an undulating course along the East side of Blk Mtn. This finally descends to a large dirt road (Frith Road) which you follow right (downhill) for about 50 m before turning sharp right to take the road heading downhill for approx. 300m before turning left to climb through the gate and follow the dirt road that climbs up next to the electricity substation.
Just after the substation take care to veer off the road to the right to follow the embankment and follow the BNT single track that runs under the powerlines. After approx 300m the BNT drops off the embankment to the right to descend to Frith Rd. Cross straight across the road and over the low guard rail and then turn left to head through the Barry Dr. underpass on the LHS. After exiting the tunnel turn hard left at the BNT/Stop sign to take a ST heading uphill into the trees. Follow the BNT track all the way through to the RDBT at Fairfax St/Dryandra St Belconnen Way where the Second Drink station and a Course Marshal will provide assistance.
Continue straight across Fairfax St heading N to join a bike path and follow this as it climbs left and NW up the hill for approximately 700m before making sure that you make a hard right turn under the big powerlines to enter the access gate to O’Connor Ridge.
From here you will stay on the main fire trail always bearing left to stay near the road (Gungahlin Dr), which is comprised of about 400m of wide FT that narrows to another 600m of ST that passes by a dam and then starts to head W to reach a fence and gate near Ginninderra Dr.
Pass through the gate and continue heading East down the dirt road running parallel to Gungahlin Dr, which descends and 250m later passes a church and becomes Archibald St. Stay on the grass verge/footpath on the LHS of Archibald St for the next 840m (passing Buddhist Temple) until it dead-ends at a T-jn with Mouat St. Turn right to cross Archibald St and join the bike path, being careful after 180m to leave this path, turning left to cross the bitumen dead end and head to the pedestrian crossing/lights at Brigalow St (Course Marshal). After crossing continue left past the Lyneham Motor Inn and 60 m later turn right onto the bitumen bike path that runs along the RHS of the water canal. Follow this path for approx 650m before turning left at the end of the playing field (Blue and White sign; “Dickson shops 2K”) to cross the canal and join another bike path heading towards Lyneham High School. Take care crossing Goodwin St at the speed hump/ped. crossing. After 50m merge left to take the bike path towards Dickson shops (blue and white sign)
Scenario 1: Head Under Northbourne Ave
At this point, if the conditions are favourable, you will divert right across the grass to drop into the canal at a metal ladder just before Northbourne Ave (marker cones or arrows) in order to run under the two arms of the very busy Northbourne Ave and then exit the canal to the left at another metal ladder soon after the other side to re-join the bike path.
Scenario 2: Cross Northbourne Ave at pedestrian crossing lights
If conditions do not favour use of the canal (heavy rain prior to race) you will have to continue straight ahead on the bike path to cross Northbourne Ave at the lights and pedestrian crossing to continue along the bike path to Dickson.
Continue along the bike path to cross Challis St at the pedestrian crossing and then take care to cross Cowper St at the pedestrian crossing at the traffic lights. Continue straight onto the bike path that runs between the canal and the houses and follow (without turns) this for approx. the next 1.3K to finish at the 3rd (final) transition area at the middle telephone pole (red tag 37387) in the grassy area on the west side of Majura Ave.
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Sri Chinmoy Canberra Trail 100, leg 4
Leg 4: Cnr Majura & Phillip Ave (Dickson) to Rond Terrace, 23.1 km
Continue east on the path from the transition area for 80m to cross Majura Ave at the RHS of the bridge and then follow the RHS of the canal along a dirt ST next to the houses of Ainslie. This track heads SE for approx. 500m then swings right to head SW/ W for 500m and then swings left once again (S) for just over 400m before you finally leave the houses track by turning left to cross the dry watercourse and 80m later take the left fork of the fire trail to head uphill into the trees on the Ainslie Link Trail. After about 200m keep left on the Ainslie Link Trail to climb 100 m up to an open area with large double powerlines and then turn left onto the large West 132KVA Track. Follow this for approx. 1.2K before the next major junction where you will turn left and head downhill on Hancocks Road for only 200m before turning right to follow the Hackett Houses track.
After about 1K follow this track as it zigs left (at intersection with Blue Metal Rd), zags right (now called Hackett Houses North track) and then climbs gently, directly straight ahead for about 700m (you pass on the RHS of the big water tank) before you turn right before the noticeboard to cross the logs and head uphill (E) on the Majura Horse trail. This trail climbs E and then swings N and after 500m crosses the Casuarina track.
A bit over 1K later you will continue straight on Majura Horse Trail as it intersects Oldfields Lane and then Clancy’s Walking Track. Approx 150m after Clancy’s Walking Track intersection you will turn right (uphill) to take the Mawson Majura Track, which heads E for about 230m and then swings left to the NE for about 120m before you come to a critical right turn (through hole in fence at white wire) to follow a set of powerlines along a clearing that takes you very steeply uphill on rocky terrain (no marked track, just follow powerlines).
After approx 400m the powerlines lead you up to Mt Majura Rd where you will turn right to run all the way up to the First Drink Station just below the Majura Summit Trig. Take the dirt ST up to the Trig and retrace your steps past the Drink Station to head down through a gate to head steeply down the ridgeline fire trail heading S. After approx. 800m the trail flattens out and you will turn sharp left downhill (to the E) at the wooden bench seat and proceed for only 50m before turning sharp right (before the gate) at the “Mawson/Majura Track” sign to head steeply downhill on a very rocky ST descent. After 570m the descent brings you to an intersection with a Green Signboard and horse stile on your left. Continue straight ahead on the narrow ST as it heads uphill for 120m before it merges with the main fire trail coming up from your right. You will now follow this undulating trail as it follows the ridgeline over Hackett Hill with great views to the E and W as it heads mostly SW for approx 1.8 K until a T-junction with Hancock’s Rd.
Turn left (E) and continue straight ahead at the saddle track intersection to continue heading down Hancock’s Rd towards the airport and Campbell Park. Now head downhill for approx. 1K on a long, smooth wide track. Turn right at the major trail intersection at the bottom of the hill onto Telecom Rd and then just under 200m later take the ST to the left that cuts the corner to merge with another main track heading E out towards the airport. This track swings right and then follows the fenceline on the edge of Campbell Park.
Stay on the main track as it temporarily veers away from the fenceline around a small dam. The track heads back into the trees and 120m later turns right (uphill) and turns into “Scotts Boundary Track”. Follow this track uphill, keeping the fenceline on your LHS. The track swings right past a “House Trail Link” sign. Approx. 400m later take the left fork in the track, which very soon intersects with a large cross road. Cross this road at the 4ft high cement post and immediately after crossing take the worn vehicle track heading off to the right at approx. 2 o’clock heading. This track swings left and starts to climb steadily uphill, hitting a clearing, passing under powerlines and then follows a single power line for about 140m before reaching a T-jn.
Turn right at the T-jn to take the wide dirt road heading uphill between the power lines. This road then descends steeply to cross a dry watercourse and then climbs quite steeply for about 200m. As the road starts to flatten out keep a lookout for an upcoming ST on your LHS that you will soon turn left at. This narrow ST soon climbs steeply and after 300m or so becomes wider and less steep. When this track merges with another road from the right you will travel only 40m before taking the right hand fork (BNT sign) at the track split onto some narrow ST. After 650m you turn left to climb a stone staircase and pass through a metal arch to reach Mt Ainslie Dr.
When you reach the road turn right (stay on the RHS) then head straight across Mt Ainslie Dr, heading straight up a dirt ST towards the Radio tower on the summit. At the tower take the steps back and down to the right to the road, cross straight across Mt Ainslie Dr onto a cobbled footpath (there is a water bubbler and tap and second drinks station to your left, just past the 1m high cement block). Continue straight ahead down some cement steps leading under the lookout and turn right around a metal barrier onto the main walking track. This sealed track passes some big steps and a lookout - 400m take care to stay on the main (sealed) track.
There are several sharp hairpin turns on the way down and you pass around 3 wooden corrals before passing a gate, a wooden footbridge and take 8 steps down onto a small dirt track that leads you to cross Treloar Cres behind the Australian War Memorial.
NOTE THAT THERE WILL BE NO SIGNAGE IN THE VICINITY OF THE WAR MEMORIAL, FROM TRELOAR CRESCENT UNTIL YOU CROSS FAIRBAIRN AVENUE AT THE PEDESTRIAN TRAFFIC LIGHTS.
RECOMMENDED ROUTE – Follow the road straight ahead that runs between the War Memorial and the car park for about 200m until it ends, continuing straight across onto the grass between the footpath and trees and then running down the grassy bank following the line of trees heading towards the lights/pedestrian crossing at Fairbairn Ave.
After crossing at the lights you will follow the footpath to your right which then heads along the LHS of Anzac Pde past various memorials. Take care when crossing Blamey Cres and Constitution Ave at the lights.
Turn left onto the footpath immediately after crossing Constitution Ave to follow it for approx. 140m before turning right into the entrance to the car park on the RHS. Veer 45 degrees right to short cut across the car park, passing near the building edge and heading down to the corner of the car park near the underpass.
Turn right onto Wendouree Dr and cross over to the footpath on the LHS to pass under the two sections of Parkes Way. 70m later turn right to cross Wendouree Dr at the ped crossing and head down the path for 50m to turn right onto RG Menzies Walk near the Lake. Only 40m later take the bike path to the right to head up to Rond Terrace and the finish line chute on the grass.