Distance: 5.5km | Difficulty: Easy
In southernmost Canberra, the suburbs of Conder and Gordon are nestled in a broad valley boasting panoramic views in all directions. The route follows two little creeks running through off leash parks and circumnavigates pretty Point Hut Pond. Dogs can also enjoy off leash romps at two huge irrigated playing fields and even paddle in the Pond at a dog off leash swimming spot. If you have children in tow, they’ll find the playgrounds at Point Hut Pond District Park hard to resist. There are beautiful mountain and hill views from all points on the route and a high likelihood of spotting swans or pelicans on Point Hut Pond. This loop walk is paved most of the way and generally flat. A shorter option, while still maximising off leash opportunities, is easily achieved by cutting out the pond loop. The walk starts and ends behind the Caltex petrol station, corner of Tharwa Drive and Norman Lindsay Street, at the Lanyon Marketplace shopping centre in Conder.