Dickson Majura Gungahlin loop

A very pretty ride from Belconnen to Majura Pines, returning via Gungahlin.

Figure 1: Horse Park Drive bike path, heading towards Gungahlin

Route: This is probably the most direct route from Belconnen to Majura Pines. To keep things interesting, the return is via Majura Parkway and Horse Park Drive bike paths, which has everything going for it except for the hill. Return from Horse Park Drive past Well Station, Well Station Drive and Gungahlin Drive bike paths.

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Technical: Mostly paved bike paths. From Dickson High School through Hackett there is no bike path. The section between Hackett and Majura Parkway is on gravel roads. Blue Gravel Road up the hill from Hackett is of excellent quality and very pretty. You don’t need a mountain bike for this gravel section through to the Majura Parkway, it is not that steep and not that rough, but the bike will need tyres – and tyre pressure – suitable for gravel roads.

Figure 3: Entrance to Majura Pines mountain biking area. The kiddies track, parking and toilet are found here.

Restrictions: Looking out across the rolling hills to the east of Majura Pines, one would be tempted to continue to Kowen Forest, another mountain biking area. Riding around Mount Majura is generally permitted but is restricted to formed vehicle trails, except within the mountain biking area. East of Mount Majura there are areas of private property but they are well fenced. East of Majura Parkway, from the airport in the south to the NSW border in the north, is the Majura Military Training Area. There is no direct route from here to Kowen Forest.

Figure 4: Majura Pines car park and the Majura Military Training Area beyond
Figure 5: Top of the hill, before descending along Horse Park Drive to Gungahlin. Black Mountain can be seen in the distance. This view alone is worth the trip!

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