This walk is for those who like to uncover mysteries.
If you know where to look in inner Canberra, traces can be found of what came before and after Walter Burley Griffin’s modern city. There was once a small road-side building in Reid that was the district’s data link to the wider world. Roads and a railway once crossed the Molonglo. Creek lines and dams are now hidden under today’s streets and ornamental features. And even key parts of Griffin’s plan for lakes, geometric alignments and a railway have been lost to the effects of nature, budgets and changed priorities. On this walk we will gain a richer appreciation of Canberra’s evolution as we trace roads, railway, telegraph and creek lines that were either lost, or are just below the present surface. A diagnostic rock will be identified, and we will hear stories of some of the early Canberrans who knew those lines when they existed. Wear stout shoes and be prepared for a 2.5 km walk, mostly over paved urban surfaces. One short car transfer will be required.
Meeting Point: Meet at the edge of Anzac Park East, just north of the junction with Provan Street, Campbell, near the Rats of Tobruk Memorial. There is free street parking on Anzac Parade East and adjacent streets near the meeting point.
Bad weather: Unless otherwise advised by email, the leader will be at the meeting point where a decision will be made as to whether to proceed or postpone.
Bookings essential: https://griffins-lost-lines-walk.eventbrite.com.au
Note: For the comfort and safety of other walkers, we do not allow dogs on our walks.