Dogs in Canberra Nature Reserves

If you want to get a little closer to nature, but aren’t sure how to do so with your dog, here’s a few pointers…

In the ACT, dogs are prohibited in all National Parks as well as several significant Nature Reserves (Black Mountain, Callum Brae (Mt Mugga Mugga), Crace Grasslands, Dunlop Grasslands, Goorooyaroo, Gungaderra, Jerrabomberra Wetlands, McQuoids Hill, Mullangarri Grasslands, Mulligans Flat and Rob Roy).

However, you can still walk your dog on lead amongst the trees, shrubs and grasses of many other top quality Nature Reserves that are part of the Canberra Nature Park network. These include O’Connor/Bruce Ridge, Mt Ainslie/Mt Majura, Tuggeranong Hill, Wanniassa Hills/ Farrer Ridge/Mt Taylor, Red Hill and several other Nature Reserves. Simply click on the picture, and that will take you to a Google map that we’ve compiled, which will give some notes for each one, as well as links to the Environment ACT maps.

Territory and Municipal Services are now offering advice at “Where Can I Take My Dog?“. The number one point is to always keep your dog on lead, and the number two point is to clean up after their number twos. We don’t want to lose that privilege.

During the warmer months (and especially when it has warmed up after a cool spell), be on the look out for snakes (another good reason to keep your dog on lead!), and steer clear of them when you spot them.

If you are after a bit of a climb, the following Nature Parks boast the best elevations and vertical distance (min 100m):

Nature Reserve Comments Max Height (m) Climb (m)
Mt Majura From Antill St at back of Hackett 888 265
Mt Tuggeranong From Tharwa Dve 855 235
Mt Ainslie The same from Philip Ave or back of War Memorial 843 225
Wanniassa Hills From Appel Cres to Mt Wanniassa 890 215
Mt Taylor Max climb from Colquhoun St 855 215
Mt Mugga Mugga You can park to the right of the Dog Shelter entrance 812 160
Mt Urambi From Tuggeranong Ck 713 165
Red Hill Start at Kent St and walk to Mt Davidson 750 150
Cooleman Ridge Start at Kathner St and walk to Mt Arawang 765 125
Farrer Ridge Start from Athllon Drive 755 125
Mt Painter From either side is the same climb. 743 125
Isaacs Ridge From Buntine Cres 810 115
Aranda Bushland Start at the snow gums on William Hovell Dve 680 100

(For your trivia-night answers, Black Mountain is 812 metres, with a climb of 232 from Parkes Way, and the highest peak in the Nature Park is Mt Rob Roy at 1094m and uncertain public access. Both are NO DOG zones)

All the maps for the Canberra Nature Park are available at the Territory and Municipal Services website