The Canberra Walking Festival is a non-competitive event open to everyone.
We hope you will join us.
Important notes (please read this page carefully before proceeding with your registration):
Registering online and early will ensure that you receive the best possible entry price (payment by Visa, Mastercard or PayPal), and also go into the draw for early bird prizes.
Entry fees are non-refundable.
On the day (cash only) entries are available at the Control Centre, located at:
Charles Sturt University, corner of Kings Ave and Blackall St, Barton.
Arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the starting time of your desired participation distance.
Please note that bus transport to the start of the walks on Saturday is not
guaranteed for "on the day" registrations, and will be subject to space availability.
The event aims to:
- promote walking as a worthwhile, fun activity;
- encourage people to participate in an enjoyable, healthy, outdoor activity regardless of fitness, age, gender or background;
- challenge those who wish to test their fitness, and/or obtain an award.
The Canberra Walking Festival is a not-for-profit event, run entirely by volunteers. A portion of all entry fees is donated to community organisations, including the Heart Foundation.
- 15 different walk options over 5 days - includes pre- and post-Festival walks to showcase the best of Canberra.
Pre-Festival Guided Walks
Thursday 30th March 8:30am-5.30pm, walk around
Lake Ginninderra and Lake Tuggeranong, 15-20km – walks qualify towards Lakes of Canberra award. $25 per person, includes bus transport, Lakes of Canberra record card and IVV stamps. Limited seats available.
Friday 31st March
11am, Capital Walk, 11km - starts and finishes at the Control Centre for the Festival, returning in time for the Welcome Walk and official opening. $5 per person, includes IVV stamp.
Canberra Walking Festival Walks
Friday 31st March
3pm, Welcome Walk, 5km - explore the Parliamentary Triangle in small groups followed by the official opening ceremony and reception. $5 per person, includes reception and IVV stamp.
Saturday 1st April
, Centenary Trail Walk, 5-44km - free bus provided to the start of your chosen walk distance along Canberra’s Centenary Trail. Note that the terrain on Saturday will be more challenging than on Sunday, so please choose your distances accordingly. Distance options are 5km, 10km, 20km, 30km and 44km. $25 per adult, includes event support, IVV stamp, and marathon medal for those finishing the marathon (discounts for children and additional discounts if entering on Saturday and Sunday).
December Update: Due to recent changes in the route for the Centenary Trail, the marathon distance has increased from 42.2km to 44km. Unfortunately there is no opportunity for us to keep the distance to the accurate marathon distance.
Sunday 2nd April, Lake Loop Walk, 6-29km - walk around Canberra’s beautiful Lake Burley Griffin. Distance options are 6km, 10km, 15km, 21km and 29km. $25 per adult, includes event support, IVV stamp, IML stamp for those completing the required distance on Sat and Sun, and Canberra Two Day Walk medal for those walking any distance on both Sat and Sun (discounts for children and additional discounts if entering on Saturday and Sunday).
On Saturday and Sunday the start times vary depending on your chosen distance - full details on the AussieWalk website.
Post-Festival Guided Walk
Monday 3rd April
8:30am-5.30pm, Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, 10km – a variety of walk options available from short and easy to moderate-hard, with opportunities for wildlife viewing. If time permits, a visit to the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex will also be included. $40 per person, includes bus transport, entry to Tidbinbilla, picnic lunch and IVV stamp. Limited seats available. Subject to minimum number of participants to cover bus cost. If this trip is cancelled, you will be reimbursed and another walk in Canberra will be substituted.