What’s new this summer in our leisure areas

Race on world-class mountain bike trails.

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

Here is our list of events, workshops and activities at Canberra Recreation Spaces this summer.

Explore our iconic outdoor spaces

Enjoy two of Canberra’s iconic outdoor recreation spaces for longer with extended hours. Take in the beautiful sunset on your next picnic or morning stroll along 20 km of forest trails this summer at the National Arboretum with their extended hours from 6:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Explore Stromlo Forest Park this summer with fiery trails winding through 1,200 hectares of bushland. It is practiced on foot, by bike or on horseback from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. in summer. Put it on your family’s to-do list this holiday season!

Make a splash this summer

Cool off from the heat and immerse yourself in summer at the Stromlo Pool. School holiday swimming lessons are back and are a great opportunity to keep kids active and to introduce them to water safety and survival. If you’re also looking to get back into the mix and stay in shape, the leisure center also offers group fitness classes, personal trainers, and functional training spaces.

Learn more about native forests

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

An oriental bettong hides in the grass at Mulligans FlatSpot the oriental bet at Mulligans Flat.

Race on world-class mountain bike trails

Majura Pines has some of Canberra’s oldest and most famous mountain biking trails. Picturesque pine trees and over 20 kilometers of running trails are a must-see place this summer to make your heart beat faster. You can also walk, orienteering, trail running, or horseback riding in this popular recreation area.

Cool off in one of Canberra’s many swimming pools

With the warmer weather that summer brings, now is the perfect time to cool off in one of Canberra’s many swimming pools for public use. For a full list of ACT’s public swimming pools, go 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 Canberra is called the capital of the bush

ACT is fortunate to have a wide variety of parks and recreation areas on its doorstep. From serene campgrounds and self-guided walking areas to fishing spots and mountain biking, ACT is home to a range of recreation spaces in natural and healthy outdoor environments. For a full list of spaces for recreational activities, visit: https://www.parks.act.gov.au/things-to-do

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