Much to like about Stromlo

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Mount Stromlo and Stromlo Forest Park are favourites for many Canberrans. Here are a few reasons to head that way soon. Stromlo Forest Park is an easy ride if you live in the Woden Valley and Weston Creek. For those in the north, surprisingly even Civic and Belconnen are surprisingly distant.

Things that are good

There are so many good things about Stromlo and should be replicated throughout Canberra Nature Park.

Singletrack with directional signage

Double Dissolution single track, Stromlo Forest Park, Mount Stromlo Forest, Western Canberra
Double Dissolution singletrack, Stromlo Forest Park, Mount Stromlo Forest, Western Canberra

Information boards

Signs to tell us where we are and help plan our ride.

Map of Stromlo Forest Park, Cotter Road car park, western slopes of Mount Stromlo, Mount Stromlo Forest, Canberra
Map of Stromlo Forest Park, Cotter Road car park, western slopes of Mount Stromlo, Mount Stromlo Forest, Canberra

Signed management trails

Mountain View Track and Stromlo Pipeline Road management trails, Mount Stromlo Forest, Western Canberra
Mountain View Track and Stromlo Pipeline Road management trails, Mount Stromlo Forest, Western Canberra

Winding gravel roads

The management trail along the ridge to Cotters Road, Mount Stromlo Observatory, Mount Stromlo, Canberra
The management trail along the ridge to Cotters Road, Mount Stromlo Observatory, Mount Stromlo, Canberra

Easy access

Good barriers keep cars out but allow easy access for bikes, pedestrians and horses.

Cotter Road car park, western slopes of Mount Stromlo, Mount Stromlo Forest, Canberra
Locked gate, with a stile for bikes, pedestrians and horses. Cotter Road car park, western slopes of Mount Stromlo, Mount Stromlo Forest, Canberra

Unlocked gates

No need to lift our bikes over the gate.

Open me please, the gate on ANU Ionospheric Trail management trail, western slopes of Mount Stromlo, Mount Stromlo Forest, Canberra
Open me please, the gate on ANU Ionospheric Trail management trail, western slopes of Mount Stromlo, Mount Stromlo Forest, Canberra

Catering for many interests

Horse riding is common and trails found through the Mount Stromlo reserve.

Horses permitted, intersection Mount Stromlo Road and ANU Ionospheric Trail, Mount Stromlo Forest, Canberra
Horses permitted, intersection Mount Stromlo Road and ANU Ionospheric Trail, Mount Stromlo Forest, Canberra

People with interesting friends

Stromlo Forest Park, ACT, Australia, mountain biking
Stromlo Forest Park: a 1.2km road criterium cycling circuit, a 2.5km grass cross country running track, a network of equestrian trails and over 40km or mountain bike trails suitable for riders of all abilities.

Restrictions

Permitted: Walk anywhere but riding on multi-use track (singletrack) and management trails (gravel and dirt roads).

Some walking trails only

The singletrack is generally well marked.

Walking trail only, Mount Stromlo Forest, Canberra
Walking trail only, Mount Stromlo Forest, Canberra

Trail closure for regeneration

Regeneration of a management trail, Mount Stromlo Forest, Canberra
Regeneration of a management trail, Mount Stromlo Forest, Canberra
Stromlo Leisure Centre, Stromlo Forest Park, Molonglo Valley
Stromlo Leisure Centre, Stromlo Forest Park, Molonglo Valley

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