Image: Hans-Joerg Kraus
Why this Hike
Taking you from the Botanical Gardens Visitor Centre to the Top of Black Mountain this walk is an adventure while remaining close to Canberra. This walk that is often referred to as the Flower to Tower walk because of its journey from Botanical Gardens to Telstra Tower at the top of Black Mountain is a fun adventure close to the city which requires you to make some steep climbs. The walk is well marked but rather challenging in sections so make sure to come prepared.
Track Notes & Overview
This walk starting from the Botanical Gardens Visitors Centre will take you through parts of the gardens such as the Rainforest Gully and the Rock Garden showing off two very different kinds of Australian plant life on show. Past these areas and through the Rock Garden Lawn, you will continue to walk along the summit walk marked with green trail markers that feature a tower symbol on them, As you pass a pedestrian gate and leave the Botanical Gardens the climb up Black Mountain begins. Keep following this marked track until reaching the tower where you can choose to climb the tower itself or admire the view from the carpark before returning back down to the Visitor Centre to complete the hike.
*Please note that you will need to pay a small fee to climb Telstra Tower at the top of Black Mountain.
Packing for a Day Hike
Even if it is just a small day hike, packing is still essential to make sure everyone stays safe and has fun while on your hike. This free packing list will make sure you have everything you need while taking the hassle out of packing.
Food for a Day Hike
Before setting off on a day hike one thing you must do is plan what food you are going to bring with you. Your snacks and lunches should be nutritious, delicious and lightweight but they don't need to be complex.
Our recipe hub includes a range of lunches and snacks perfect for a day hike ranging from easy to create in minutes to tasty creations like you would make at home.
Leave No Trace
A Hikers Friend fully endorses the 7 principles of ‘leave no trace’ hiking which aim to protect our natural spaces and encourages you to apply them on your next adventure.
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