Escape the festivities for a couple of hours! Join this fascinating walk back in time to visit the site of Canberra’s first European settlement in 1824, and to explore the Acton Conservation Area. Acton ridge is not only the birthplace of Canberra, its veritable Sydney Cove, but also where it grew up. From 1911, the detailed planning and construction of the National Capital was orchestrated from Acton until the 1940s.
Explore these early buildings and find out about the public servants and tradies who lived and worked here a century ago. Learn about the National Capital Authority’s Draft Strategy Plan for extensive changes to this unique and special area.
Walk leader: Trevor Lipscombe
Trevor is a life member of National Trust (ACT) and has a long standing interest in Canberra’s cultural and natural heritage. He has led this walk and three others on the Lake’s shores as part of the 2017 Canberra Heritage Festival.
Meet: Car park (free) opposite Old Canberra House on Lennox Crossing, the extension of Liversedge Street, Acton
Length and terrain: 2 hours/3kms. Mainly urban paths, with short sections of bush track and some short ascents.
Bad weather: The walk leader will be at the meeting point where a decision will be made as to whether to proceed or postpone.
Cost: $7 per person