Click on map to view full-size image. Enter Lake Ginninderra from Dulwa Beach, at the western end of Diddams Close, near the boat ramp. First head south, towards Belconnen Town Centre. Keep all buoys to your left shoulder. The swim finishes at the transition by the playground, at Bimbi Beach, at the eastern end of Diddams Close Park.
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Follow the cycle path north, then almost immediately taking a left-hand fork (do NOT go under the bridge) to bring you onto the Ginninderra Dr bridge crossing the lake. Continue following the cycle path around the shoreline. Just after John Knight Memorial Park, turn left at a fork in the cycle path, travelling under Aikman Drive and into the University of Canberra.
Follow the pathways through the University, crossing over College St at the pedestrian traffic lights. After crossing College St, follow the bike path beside Haydon Dr. Cross over Battye St, before turning right to climb over the wooden access gate into the Nature Reserve on Gossan Hill.
Follow the fire road with a fence on your right for a few hundred metres. Head uphill to the left at a fork in the road. Turn right at the next crossroads. Take the left of the two 'straight ahead' options at the 5-way intersection when you reach the top of the crest. You are now heading along the crest of Gossan Hill, through eucalyptus forest. Veer right at the fork in this track, then left onto the bitumen road (thus avoiding the deep kerb), and left again off this road onto the footpath leading towards the Belconnen Way overpass.
Across the overpass, follow the cycle path through the Aranda District Playing Fields. Go under Bandjalong Cres, straight up past the Aranda shops on your left and uphill on the concrete path. Cross over Walu St, and after a brief dirt section rejoin the footpath, still heading up. At the top, go through the walkers' gap in the fence, then immediately left.
With Telstra Tower and Black Mountain looming straight ahead, the track dips. Take the first available sharp right, immediately before the power lines. Follow this track in line with the power lines through a dog-leg left-right, down a long hill. Turn left onto another track at the bottom of the descent, immediately after a large power line pylon. Follow this track around the base of Aranda Hill as far as it goes, eventually turning to your right onto the road at the base of the Gungahlin Drive Extension, leading up to the underpass under the GDE. Pass under the road.
You are now in Black Mountain Reserve. Take the first right hand fork in the track. There are no turns for a few kilometres as you enjoy a pleasant ride around the base of Black Mountain, through natural gum forest and open spaces. At the end of this section, veer left back into the bush, heading uphill. Go right at the T-junction, down a sharp rocky slope and through a dry creek bed. Upon rising out of the creek bed, the track swings to the left and you are confronted with the infamous, though now graded "Push-Bike Hill." ...
Just before the gate at the top, take a tiny trail veering to the left, which leads out onto the road without having to climb a gate. Be alert for traffic, as you turn left (uphill), and follow the road to the summit of Black Mountain, where the road loops around before descending. There is an aid station at the top.
On the way down, continue on the road past the picnic ground car park, then about 500 metres later, turn left opposite the water reservoir on your right onto another 4WD track, heading once more downhill. This track winds around the flank of the mountain, and after a few gradual rises and a descent comes to a metal gate with a walkers' entrance beside it.
Passing through this entrance, follow the track to the left before turning right onto a large dirt road (Frith Road) which you follow downhill for approx. 300m before turning left to pass through another walkers' 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 Canberra Centenary Trail (CCT) single track, that runs under the powerlines. After approx 300m the CCT drops off the embankment to the right to descend to Frith Rd. Cross straight across the road, and then turn left to head through the Barry Dr. underpass on the LHS. After exiting the tunnel turn hard left at the CCT/Stop sign to take a single track heading uphill into the trees. Follow the CCT track all the way through to the roundabout at Fairfax St/Dryandra St Belconnen Way. Follow the Course Marshal's instructions to cross the road.
Enter the Bruce Ridge reserve through the gap in the fence on the corner of Fairfax St and Dryandra St. Follow the obvious single track here (Box Gum Margin). Turn left onto the Heath Run, into Belco Switchbacks. Follow this into the Burin single track. Turn right onto Happy Wanderer, then left at Northface (via a link trail). Veer right at Commuted and follow it to where it joins a track under the powerlines. Turn left onto this track, which leads down to a wooden gate in the fence. Pass to the left of the gate, cross over the cycle path, pass between some boulders by a metal gate, then follow the track that veers up to the right.
At the top of the rise, swing to the left along O'Connor Ridge, then turn right at the next small signpost onto a "Multiple Use Track". This smaller track brings you around the side of O'Connor Ridge, then along the top of a small levee, eventually veering to the right, leading you to a gate. Climb the gate, and head left onto Dryandra St, which then turns right and becomes Archibald St. Pass the Ukrainian Catholic Centre, Ursula College Lyneham Centre, St Joseph's House of Studies, and the Sakyamuni Buddhist Centre. Turn left onto the footpath leading alongside the Buddhist Centre, which overpasses Ginninderra Dr and brings you into North Lyneham.
After the overpass, turn immediately left into Cossington Smith Cres, then left again into Fred Williams Cres, left into Duterrau Cres, and left into Lewers Close. Continue straight onto the track at the end of Lewers Close, which climbs and then flattens out. Look for a small gap in the fence on your right. Go through here, then turn left onto a main dirt track. This track first heads down, then veers twice to the right while climbing, then once to the left before starting to descend.
Turn left at the next T-junction, then right again after 20 metres. When this track comes to a gateless gate, turn to your left. Veer slightly to the right and cross the horse logs. As you follow the trail out of the trees, turn right, heading towards Ellenborough St. Turn right onto the Kaleen cycle path. After a short distance, turn left, at the new cycle path crossing. After crossing Ellenborough St, turn right, following the cycle path. Turn left at the next junction. Continue along this cycle path under the Barton Highway, and parallel with the highway on the other side.
At the Gungahlin Dr fly-over, this cycle path follows Gungahlin Dr around to the right. Follow this cycle path all the way to Sanford St, turning right.
Continue to Hoskins St and turn right. Continue south towards Bellenden St (the old course, now heavily fenced). Continue south at this junction passing the Community Garden. At the end of this road, turn left onto the equestrian trail, alongside a stand of gum trees. This section is notoriously muddy after rain. Follow the equestrian trail to the end, then turn right onto a bitumen service road. Follow this road to Randwick Rd. Turn left onto Randwick Rd.
Cross over Flemington Rd, then follow the cycle path to the right, past EPIC on your left. Cross over the Federal Hwy at the lights. Go straight ahead on the other side of the highway, then turn left onto the narrow dirt track beside the line of trees. Veer to the right as you approach Stirling Ave. Cross over Knox St at the junction of Stirling Ave, straight through the gap next to the gate. After 50m, take the trail to the left, then veer right and follow this track onto the dirt road. Note that this area is a popular area for dog-walking and off-leash dogs – PLEASE look out for pedestrians walking their dogs and for off-leash dogs and give them right of way at all times. Finish at the bus stop on Antill St.
Cross Antill St and follow the dirt track over the horse logs. Climb over the first stile you come to, onto the Casuarina walking trail leading uphill. Go straight through the next parallel log opening, and continue uphill. Turn left at the T-junction immediately after crossing another stile, onto a 4-wheel drive track. After a hundred metres or so, leave this track to climb yet another stile on your right, leading to the West Face walking trail heading to the left. This track initially climbs quite steeply, then cuts back to the right and follows the side of the mountain until it reaches a saddle, where the course again turns left and uphill, onto a four-wheel drive track concluding at a gate just before the summit of Mt Majura. Cross the bitumen road and scramble up to the trig station. This is highest point in Canberra, and in the Sri Chinmoy Triple-Triathlon. Enjoy a well-earned drink.
The course winds with the road half way down the mountain, taking a sudden right hand turn into the bush. Pass through a gate, onto a more obscure trail heading to your left. This trail will bring you to a fenceline, which you then follow, hugging the fence to your left. This will bring you down to a gate.
Over the gate, turn left at the main 4WD track, and then almost immediately RIGHT onto a faint single track heading into the pines. This will bring you shortly to the trail head of the "Pinot Grinio" downhill mountain bike trail. Follow the "Pinot Grinio" trail all the way down looping through the forest, until it joins with the "Bombora" trail. Follow the "Bombora" trail, ignoring any potential side tracks, through a few deep dips, until it merges with a 4-wheel drive management track. Follow this management track S-SW until you come to a 4-way intersection. Take a soft right (the most straight ahead option), continuing on the management track until you reach a T-junction with another management track.
Turn right here to remain outside the pine forest, heading uphill (do not enter into the "Auto Alley" single trail unless you want to run much further!) Follow this track all the way along and above the pine forest, until it eventually merges with another track coming in from the left and below.
Look for the second right hand turn up a long rocky incline through the pine forest, emerging at a cavaletti (horse crossing).
Turn left after this crossing, through the large ditch and onto the walking trail heading up Hackett Hill (above the water tower on your right). Hackett Hill affords lovely views of North Canberra on one side, and across to the airport and Queanbeyan. Coming off Hackett Hill, veer right onto the small trail which brings you onto the main track, where you turn right heading towards the city. Turn left under the power lines, onto "West 132 KV Track" following the power lines around the base of Mt Ainslie.
After a few hundred metres, turn left again onto the "Old Tip Track to Summit", passing around a gate and heading up-up-uphill. Before this track reaches the road, veer right onto a smaller walking trail which mimics the contour of the road until just before the summit.
Cross Mt Ainslie Dr, onto the large traffic island which constitutes the summit of Mt Ainslie. At the beacon, pause briefly to take in the most famous picture-postcard view of the nation's capital, before heading down the stone stairs, across the road and onto the walking trail leading off Mt Ainslie. This trail offers the very best views of North Canberra, Civic, Lake Burley Griffin, Black Mountain and the Brindabellas beyond. Take the left-hand option at the fork near the base of the mountain, cross the main track and head directly into the Remembrance Nature Park, leading over a small footbridge behind the War Memorial. DUE TO CONSTRUCTION WORKS AROUND THE WAR MEMORIAL – TURN LEFT BEFORE CROSSING TRELOAR CRESCENT AND FOLLOW THE FOOTPATH, THEN THE FAINT TRAIL ALL THE WAY TO THE END OF TRELOAR CRESCENT. CROSS TRELOAR CRESCENT AT ITS INTERSECTION WITH FAIRBAIRN AVENUE, THEN FOLLOW THE FOOTPATH ON THE NORTHERN SIDE OF FAIRBAIRN AVENUE TO THE PEDESTRIAN TRAFFIC LIGHTS, WHERE YOU CROSS FAIRBAIRN AVENUE AND CONTINUE.
Take extra care crossing Fairbairn Ave at the traffic lights, then pass to the right of the monument, and follow the footpath down Anzac Parade. Turn left at Constitution Ave. Cross Constitution Avenue here, then turn left along the footpath until you reach Wendouree Drive, where you turn right. Follow Wendouree Dr under Parkes Way, then head straight across the grass and turn left at the main pathway, Follow this pathway past the carillon on your right, under Kings Avenue Bridge, and then turn right off this path onto the lakeside trail to bring you onto Grevillea Park Beach and the transition point to the next swim leg.
Enter Lake Burley Griffin from the beach at Grevillea Park, and swim towards Kings Ave Bridge, keeping the marker buoys to your right. Follow the southern shore of the lake through Central Basin. There will be a drink station at the National Library jetty. Pass under Commonwealth Ave Bridge into West Basin, turning to your right around the final marker buoy, to exit up the ramp at Henry Rolland Park.
The second mountain bike ride starts at Henry Rolland Park, off Barrine Dr, Acton, and follows the cycle path west. Continue on this path straight across Acton Peninsula and Black Mountain Peninsula. At Acacia Inlet (after the rowing jetty), turn right onto the cycle path leading to Belconnen, across Lady Denman Dr (watch for traffic) and underneath Parkes Way and Caswell Dr.
Turn left off the cycle path onto the equestrian trail under William Hovell Dr, through the gate on the left with the sign, ‘Stock Grazing Within’ (be sure to close this gate again!), and along the trail to the left, alongside the Cork Oak Plantation.
After the Cork Oaks, you will arrive at the National Arboretum carpark. Turn immediately to your right, up Gunbarrel Hill and follow this outer perimeter road (Boundary Rd), past the main Arboretum car parks. You will end up at the bottom of an incline, at a five-way intersection. Cross the new road and over a gate and continue on this diagonal direction, past a little water tank (on your right). You will eventually come to a four way intersection, veer left here and continue slightly uphill. After going under the powerlines, continue for approx 1.5km where you will turn right on a lesser track taking you back under the powerlines, turn right soon after, taking you to a gate leading to Pipe Flat.
Follow this road for about 3 kms alongside Molonglo River until the next gate, bringing you to Coppins Crossing Road. THIS ROAD IS NOW MUCH BUSIER THAN IN PREVIOUS YEARS – TAKE GREAT CARE AS YOU CROSS DIRECTLY OVER THE ROAD TO THE GATE LEADING TO A DIRT ROAD ON THE OTHER SIDE.
Continue straight ahead, veering to the left towards Butters Bridge. After crossing Butters Bridge, turn right onto the gravel path. Soon after, at the 4-way intersection, turn left, up a small incline. Take the next right hand turn following the track that now runs parallel to John Gorton Drive (to your left) and some powerlines. Follow this track towards Denman Prospect. Once you pass under the powerlines, veer right and continue to a gate and pass through. Take the next left onto a new emerging road and turn right onto a cycle path that runs parallel to Holborow Ave. Follow this path all the way to a set of traffic lights prior to a bridge. Cross over at these lights and continue straight for approx 200m, towards and past the shops (which are on your left) on a shared path. After the carpark to the shops, on your right, you will see a concrete causeway down the grass slope. This is to be the crossing point to the other side. It has a zig zag in it, so proceed with care. Head uphill towards the powerlines, turn right at the road and then an immediate left onto a lesser trail, heading uphill following the route of the powerlines. Follow this trail for approx 1km (you will have to climb over a gate) until you emerge at a T-junction and the old alignment. Turn left here taking you to a gate and onto Uriarra Rd.
Cross over and go right for about 50 metres, then left through the gate on the other side, into the Mt Stromlo precinct.
After crossing Uriarra Rd, follow the North South Link Fire Trail uphill until you reach a T-junction with Forrest Trail. Turn right here, heading now down a little, then starting to rise again until you reach a 4-way intersection where you turn left, then almost immediately right, dipping slightly then heading up onto the shoulder of the mountain. This trail flattens and follows the contour around the western side of the mountain before starting to rise again. At a fork in the trail, turn left to head sharply uphill towards the magnificent summit. At the crest of this steep climb, round a white metal gate and continue straight onto the bitumen road, past some observatory buildings on your right. Now join the main Mt Stromlo Rd and pass by the main observatory settlement. Look out for a hairpin left hand turn off the bitumen, back onto a descending fire trail. This in turn takes a hairpin right hand turn to descend further, past the Blue Gums on your left. After a short rise, take the LEFT hand fork on ‘Ridge Trail’ and continue downhill for approx. 340m before turning left at a sweeping left hand bend on the main road. Continue down this road for approx. 420m, till you reach a spacious 4-way intersection. Turn right here, heading slightly down, until you reach the bitumen road – LOOK OUT FOR THE SHUTTLE BUS AND IF IT APPEARS, PLEASE GIVE WAY! – Then, continue straight across onto the cycle path. Follow the cycle path towards and past the ACT Bushfire memorial turning right just near the entrance to the memorial and onto a small gravel path. Turn left soon after on the second single track to your left, which will take you to Cotter Rd.Cross Cotter Rd, GIVING WAY to ALL TRAFFIC, heading for the grassed right-hand side of Eucumbene Dr, where the single track can be found, to follow the right hand side of Eucumbene Dr.
Look for a right hand turn through the stile to join the track heading to the left up Narrabundah Hill. Take the first fork to your right, pass through or climb the gate on the way up, then take the next fork to your left, heading up. After passing the trig point on your right, continue straight down a long hill, ignoring the potential turn-off to your right, but going straight over another gate. Turn left onto a single track about two thirds of the way down this hill. This track will bring you around beside the large water storage tank. Continue straight ahead, through the stile gap, and right again adjacent to Eucumbene Dr. Follow this track through the large ditch opposite the end of Hindmarsh Dr, and up the other side (on a left diagonal). This track (which is the Contenary Trail) veers to the left, and you continue following the fenceline around to your right, then beside Kathner St. At the intersection of Kathner St and Percy Cres, go straight onto and up the steep track leading to Cooleman Ridge.
Go left at the top, and proceed along Cooleman Ridge, behind Chapman. Continue all the way along Cooleman Ridge until you see a large tree at 11 o'clock. Veer left at the fork here, heading down towards the road. Go through the gate and turn right on the cycle path. Look out for the arrows to turn left off this cycle path, across the grass and over Namatjira Dr, taking extreme care of the 2-way traffic on this busy road, remembering that you MUST GIVE WAY TO ALL TRAFFIC. Follow the dirt track on the other side, veering left through the gate, then ultimately turning left at the next cycle path, following this cycle path to the changeover point beside Badimara St.
The second run starts from the grassed area on Badimara St, Waramanga, follows the cycle path under Tuggeranong Parkway, then turns immediately right onto Waldock St, heading uphill towards Mt Taylor. Before reaching the car park, the course departs the road through a gap next to a gate on the right, onto a graded dirt track to the left. Follow this track up a very sharp incline, the steepest climb of all the run courses. Near the summit, veer left onto a small track to touch the trig station, and pause to appreciate a drink and the very best views of South Canberra and the Brindabellas. The trail down the southern face of Mt Taylor offers further scenic rewards, with striking vistas of Tuggeranong Valley and the lake, which is the destination of this run. Near the base of the mountain, the trail comes to a T-junction with a graded track. Turn right here (toward the Brindabellas), and take the next right hand fork, hugging the mountain. After a few small roller-coaster hills, take the next fork to the left under the power lines, heading down rather than up, then left again onto a small track, where there is a drain covered by a large metal grating on the right.
After the gate, turn sharp right onto a small single-lane track (ie do not head across Sulwood Dr). Follow this inconspicuous track across Colquhoun St, then turn left onto the cycle path, passing immediately underneath Sulwood Dr, and later under Marconi Cres. Just before some playing fields, take a left fork in the path, then right at another fork between two playing fields.
You will head under the dual carriageway of Drakeford Dr, twice under O'Halloran Cirt, then under Athllon Dr, before making a LEFT turn onto the cycle path beside Lake Tuggeranong. Follow this path around until you reach Nguru Beach, where you will follow the cones across the grass to the transition to the final swim leg.
The 3rd swim leg (leg 7), will commence from Nguru Beach, off Mortimer Lewis Drive. The transition from Run 2 to Swim 3 will be at Nguru Beach. Swim straight out from Nguru Beach, then turn left to follow a straight line heading south down the middle of Lake Tuggeranong, and the finishling location (and transition to the 3rd mountain bike, leg 8), behind KFC on Reed St, Tuggeranong.
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The third and final mountain bike leg starts on the grassed space between KFC and the Tuggeranong Arts Centre on Reed St, Tuggeranong. Stay on the pedestrian path beside the lake and go under Soward Way. Continue following this path keeping the lake on your left and take the first left leading to the bridge crossing the creek. Turn left again at the pedestrian bridge (part of the Canberra Centenary Trail) and cross to the other side. Veer right at the other side, proceeding under Drakeford Dr, at which point the concrete becomes a regular bitumen cycle path heading to the right, then veering to the left past Isabella Pond.
Stay to the left at the next fork - never cross the storm water channel (Tuggeranong Creek), which you keep always to your right. After passing under Isabella Dr, follow the cycle path to the right beside a little dead-end road, continuing alongside the storm water channel. The path leads under Ashley Dr before passing back under Isabella Dr. Ignore the concrete paths heading off in various directions, but stay to the left at the one genuine fork in the cycle path. Continue under Weinholt St, then Kellett St before entering Fadden Pines.
Veer right at the first fork amidst the pines, heading over a small bridge. Follow this path straight past the rain garden feature, near Fadden Pines park (on your left). Soon after, turn left off the cycle path at the next concrete path, which leads past a tennis court complex on your right, then under Coyne St into Macarthur, and straight ahead. Follow this path under the power lines, before turning at the 4th path on your left, coming out at the end of Dennys Pl. At the top of Dennys Pl, cross over Jackie Howe Cres, and continue straight onto the dirt track up the other side, past houses on your right. Go right at the fork in this rough track, past a peculiarly shaped storage tank and yellow day-care centre on your left.
Look for a gate to climb on your right, onto a track heading up the ridge, becoming quite steep and rocky in parts. This ridge ends in a saddle, where you turn left onto a faint track beside a fence heading uphill. Continue along the ridge of Mt Wanniassa to a trig station, offering unparalleled vistas of the whole of Tuggeranong Valley and the Brindabellas.
Take care as the descent becomes very steep to the next saddle, where you turn right onto a walking trail, dipping towards a small dam. Go to the left of this dam, then head for the tunnel underneath Erindale Dr. Cross through the wooden fence opening at the "Equestrian Trail" sign and through the tunnel. After the tunnel, continue straight ahead. Round a small dam on your left, then immediately take a right hand fork to follow the smaller power lines up Farrer Ridge. Follow this track ahead even when the power lines dip to the left. When you reach the next fence, climb over and go immediately left over a mini causeway, then left onto the main track, with the fenceline to your left. Do not take the more obscure track forking to the right, as Mt Taylor appears ahead, and the track dips. Turn to the right at the large reservoir on your left, heading up and back around the rear of Farrer. Go left at the T-junction, following the power lines with the houses of Farrer on your left.
After this track smooths and flattens out, take the first right into the bush up a rocky sidetrack, then right again at a fork. At the fence, go through the wooden opening, then turn immediately right at the main track, through the tunnel to pass back under Erindale / Yamba Dr.
At to bottom of the hill turn left onto the tarmac path, then as the path sweeps right turn harder right against the reserve. In 50m on your right is a concrete / bluestone spill way - on the far side of it, turn right onto singletrack up into the pines - take the right-hand singletrack uphill (The Spine Link - not signed. The left hand trail is DH only.) Once you reach the firetrail, turn left along (rather than crossing) the firetrail for 30m then veer right up onto The Spine trail, marked with an Orange-Red sign. Follow The Spine all the way to the end, turning right / uphill on the tarmac road. The tarmac gives way to dirt, and at the next intersection take the left hand dirt road. At the next intersection turn left onto the next firetrail, up Isaacs Ridge with the Pines on your left.
After climbing a little more, a quarry appears on your right, with panoramic views towards Fyshwick and Queanbeyan beyond. Passing another radio tower, take the right hand fork to pass close to Sheaffe Trig. With the whole of Woden stretched below, the track starts to dip, before switching back to the left and diving into a very steep descent. Go right at the first fork, then right again onto the main walking track.
Enjoy some flat pedalling with the houses of Isaacs and O'Malley to your left. The track begins to dip, with the East O'Malley below you. Before you reach the water reservoir, turn right to follow the Centenary Trail, for about 500m of steady descent though woodland. Follow the Centenary Trail downhill heading NE and through a marshy area, then this trail becomes a lovely single track winding through the forest at the southern end of the O'Malley Bushland, and out again into a more open area. Turn left off the Centenary Trail opposite the next CT marker post, onto a wide 4WD track, heading downhill for about 700m (do not take any side tracks) and bringing you eventually to a metal gate, which you pass through to arrive at a concrete footpath, opposite house number 10 and 12 (with a flag pole). Turn right onto this footpath, which after about 80, turns left, following Keyar St. After another 100m the footpath turns right. Follow this path around the left hand side of the playground, staying always off the road, and look for a turn to your right, through another gate, then up and over a steep dirt embankment, and down into the long pipe under this Hindmarsh Drive, turning to the right as you emerge at the next transition compound.
Access to the transition compound for the final leg is from the end of Hartigan St, Garran. The start is in the grassy area between Hindmarsh Dr and Curlewis St. Proceed upwards on the narrow walking trail parallel to Rusden St, turning right at the large drain, over the horse logs, then straight along the track heading to the right on the other side of the gate, above Hindmarsh Dr.
Take the first turnoff to the left, through a gate onto a lesser trail rising to a short saddle, then up again to Davidson Trig. Continuing towards Red Hill, the track descends, passing through a missing gate before proceeding straight through a 6-way intersection in the main saddle and heading once again stiffly uphill. The track flattens at the crest of the hill, veering left at a fork just before "Le Carousel" restaurant. Continue past the restaurant. Do not veer right towards the road at this point, but continue straight. This track will bring you eventually to the road, which you cross with care, opposite the drink station and scenic lookout.
Stretched before you are the last sweeping views of North and South Canberra, overlooking Parliament House. There will be an aid station and a number checkpoint here. Coming out of the lookout, turn right past a gate onto a dirt track heading to the actual summit of Red Hill. Take the left-hand option at the fork in this track, which then starts to descend, and crosses over Red Hill Dr and Gowrie Dr (the road to the Federal Golf Course).
Continue straight on, through the gate onto the track on the other side of Gowrie Dr and proceed downhill. Just before you reach the first water tower, take a hard left onto the smallest of the tracks. Take a right hand veer off this track onto a small single track which brings you to the Old Federal Golf Track, where you turn again to your right. At the first pile of stones, veer left, but then veer right at the second pile of stones, before proceeding straight ahead at the 4-way intersection under the power lines. Pass through the small gap in the fence and turn right onto the track which follows behind the houses. Still behind the houses, take the left hand veer staying closest to the houses. Take the right hand fork from where you will see Kent Street ahead of you and the marshal to direct you to cross here.
Cross over Kent St at the intersection with Carruthers St, to follow the dirt footpath on the left side of Carruthers St. Follow Carruthers St through both sets of traffic lights across Yarra Glen. After the bridge, turn with the cycle path to the left at the "Woden" sign, then again left to loop back under Carruthers St, beside the storm water channel. Another aid station will be here, with about 7 kms of smooth cycle paths to the finish. This cycle path leads you around behind Curtin, and under McCulloch St (following the sign for "North Canberra"). North Curtin District Playing Fields appear to your left. Follow the next "North Canberra" sign, looping to the right over the storm water channel and under Cotter Rd.
Heading towards Telstra Tower once more, pass some horse paddocks and a small dam on your left, to come alongside Lady Denman Dr on your right. At the T-junction in the cycle path, follow the "City" sign to the right, joining the "Self-Transcendence Long Course Triathlon" run course through the tunnel under Lady Denman Dr and up a long incline to the pine trees. There will be an aid station at the crossing of Dunrossil Dr, then enjoy the tranquillity of Westbourne Woods. The final little rise behind the Yarralumla Nursery brings you out at Banks St, at which point there is less than 1 kilometre to go! Cross Alexandrina Dr near the AIS Rowing Shed, then turn left onto Brown St, which immediately becomes Alexandrina Dr. Stay to the left of the road, turning sharp left into the driveway adjacent to, and immediately before reaching the YMCA Sailing Club, past the clubhouse and then right onto the grass into the short finish chute.