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Recreational Activities

Canberra is commonly referred to as the 'Bush Capital'. Our natural surroundings and nature parks, along with the many city parks and open spaces, make Canberra a very unique city. If you are looking for something to do the 'Explore' guide has the answers. Why not get out into one of our parks and enjoy them? Explore: Canberra parks and recreation guide (PDF 4MB) (Word 342KB)

Holding an event on public land

Organised events and activities conducted on Territory Land require approval from the relevant regulatory agency. This includes large private functions or organised community events held in any public area in the ACT including the City Centre, suburban shopping areas or any of the parks, reserves or forest areas. For more information visit Holding an event on public land.

Camping in the ACT

There are a number of areas to camp in the ACT including Cotter Campground, Woods Reserve Recreation Area, Blue Range Recreation Area, Kowen Recreation Area and Namadgi National Park. For more information visit Camping in the ACT.

Ranger guided walks and activities

Join some of the regular ranger guided walks and activities conducted throughout the ACT every month.

All-terrain wheelchair

MS sufferer David Stratton utilising the all terrain wheelchair at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve with the assistance of three sherpas.A TrailRider (all terrain wheelchair) is available for use in the ACT's parks and nature reserves and is a great way for mobility-impaired visitors to get out there and enjoy all that is on offer in the bush capital.

The TrailRider, presented to the ACT Government by the National Parks Association in April 2012, allows mobility-impaired visitors to explore the natural environment.

Two or three 'sherpas' (not supplied) are required to guide the chair which is easy to manoeuvre, can travel on semi-rough tracks and can be easily disassembled to fit in the back of a large car.

Riders will need to supply their own cycling helmet and with their sherpas are required to undertake a short induction session before venturing out.

If you would like to book the chair for use at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, Namadgi National Park or any other urban park give the Tidbinbilla Visitor Centre a call on 6205 1233.

Play spaces

The Playground Safety Program is an ongoing capital works program that renews ACT play spaces in line with Australian and ACT standards and best practice contemporary play space design. For more information about play space renewal visit Play Spaces.

Sportsgrounds and facilities

Sport and Recreation is part of the Economic Development Directorate. For more information including current sportsground closures, visit Sportsgrounds and facilities.

Mountain bike riding

For information about where to ride and what types of rules and responsibilities apply visit the Mountain Bike Riders Code.


Recreational fishing is encouraged in the ACT and regulated by the Fisheries Act 2000. The main angling species in the ACT are Murray Cod, Golden Perch, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Redfin and Carp. For more information on fishing in the ACT refer to the Environment and Sustainable Development Directorate website.


To discover some of the places you can take your horse to ride in the ACT, please refer to the Explore: Canberra parks and recreation guide (PDF 4MB) (Word 342KB)  For information about horse trails in Uriarra Village, view the Uriarra Village Recreation Activities Map (PDF 439 KB).

Territory Agistment Pty Ltd manages a system of horse holding paddocks at various locations throughout Canberra on behalf of the ACT Government. Please contact Territory Agistment directly for all enquiries on 6226 5767 or admin@territoryagistment.com.au

National Arboretum Canberra

The National Arboretum Canberra will feature different types of threatened and symbolic trees from around Australia and the world, and in the longer term will present a sensational mosaic of permanent gardens. For more information visit the National Arboretum Canberra website.

Self-guided walks

Self-guided walks allow you to explore Canberra's parks and natural heritage at your own leisure.


The following teaching packs encourage education about Canberra's parks and open spaces:

Birrigai Outdoor School offers a range of dynamic and experiential day and residential programs. Birrigai is designated as a school in special circumstances by the ACT Government's Education and Training Directorate.

Murumbung Yurung Murra Cultural Tours

Experience Ngunnawal Country with an Aboriginal Ranger and gain an insight into the cultural landscape of the region. For more information visit Murumbung Yurung Murra Cultural Tours


Currently there are seven major skateparks in Canberra suitable for all levels of use with a further 12 parks offering skate features. For more information visit Skateparks.

Canberra Centenary Trail

The Centenary Trail is an approximately 150 kilometre self-guided, non-motorised trail for walkers and touring cyclists that loops around the ACT. For more information visit Canberra Centenary Trail.

Other recreational areas in the ACT

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