What’s on this summer at our recreation spaces

A person rides their bike on the bike tracks at Stromlo Forest Park

Race through world-class mountain biking tracks.

From picnics at the arboretum to exploring endless nature reserves, your summer in Canberra will be anything but boring!

Here’s our list of events, workshops and activities at Canberra’s recreation spaces this summer.

Explore our iconic outdoor spaces

Enjoy two of Canberra’s iconic outdoor recreation spaces for longer with their extended opening hours. Take in the gorgeous sunset at your next picnic, or your early morning walk along 20km of forest trails this summer at the National Arboretum with their extended opening hours of 6am – 8:30pm.

Explore Stromlo Forest Park this summer with fire trails that weave through 1200 hectares of bushland. It can be enjoyed on foot, bike or horse from 6am to 9pm during summer. Put it on your family’s list of things to do this holiday season!

Make a splash this summer

Cool off from the heat and dive into summer at Stromlo Pool. Their school holiday swimming lessons are back and a great opportunity to keep the kid’s active and introduced to water safety and survival. If you’re also looking to get back into the swim of things and stay fit, the leisure center also has group fitness classes, personal trainers and functional training areas.

Learn about the native woodlands

Expand your mind at Mulligans Flat by taking part in daytime or twilight tours, where volunteer ecologists take you on a journey through the sanctuary. Take part in their school holiday program and learn all about the local bush tucker we find here in Canberra, hear stories from the land and discover the animals that call Mulligan’s home.

An Eastern bettong hides in the grass at Mulligans FlatSpot the Eastern bettong at Mulligans Flat.

Race on world-class mountain biking tracks

Majura Pines has some of the oldest and most famous mountain bike trails in Canberra. The picturesque pine trees and more than 20 kilometers of trails to race around is an unmissable spot this summer to get your heart pumping. You can also walk, orienteer, trail run or horse ride at this popular recreation area.

Cool off at one of Canberra’s many pools

With the warmer weather that summer brings, it’s the perfect time to cool off at one of the many swimming pools in Canberra for public use. For a full list of the ACT’s public pools, head to: https://www.sport.act.gov.au/aquatic-and-leisure-facilities.

A young child is seen smiling, leaning against the edge of a swimming poolBeat the heat this summer at a pool near you.

There’s a reason why Canberra is called the bush capital

The ACT is fortunate to have a huge variety of parks and recreational areas right on its doorstep. From serene campgrounds to areas for self-guided walks to fishing spots and mountain bike riding, the ACT is home to a range of recreational spaces in natural, healthy outdoor environments. For a full list of the spaces for recreational activities, head to: https://www.parks.act.gov.au/things-to-do

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