The Pinnacle Circuit

1 h 15 min to 2 h

4 km
circuit

↑ 113 m
↓ -113 m

Moderate track
Starting from the dirt parking area on Springvale Drive, Weetangera, this walk takes you on a circuit around The Pinnacle Nature Reserve, exploring almost all of its borders. Take your whole family -including your dog- and enjoy the scenic tour, as the relaxing tunes of cockatoos and kookaburras accompany you throughout the journey. Kangaroos will also make an appearance as you hike the dirt tracks, so hold on to your dog’s leash. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
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Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start (-35.2567291,149.0463438)
Mode Car
DirectionsFrom Tuggeranong Parkway
  • Turn on to Parkes Way then drive for 245 m
  • Keep left onto William Hovell Drive Onramp and drive for another 490 m
  • Keep right onto William Hovell Drive Onramp and drive for another 45 m
  • Turn left onto William Hovell Drive and drive for another 3 km
  • Keep right and drive for another 1.6 km
  • At roundabout, take exit 1 onto Springvale Drive and drive for another 810 m
  • Turn left and drive for another 25 m
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the dirt parking area just off Springvale Drive(60 metres northwest of intersection with De Sails Street), head towards the red metal gate next to a rock. Pass through the gap between them and follow the fire trail, moving parallel to the fenceline to your left. Keep moving in the same direction as you pass by the wooden structure with railings to your left. Veer left after around 200 metres towards the informational signpost with a green roof. Pass through the gap between the metal poles and keep going straight to join the Pinnacle Central Track to continue along The Pinnacle Circuit.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start heading along Bicentennial National Trail.
After another 95 m (at the intersection of Springvale Track & Bicentennial National Trail) continue straight, to head along Springvale Track.
After another 150 m continue straight, to head along Springvale Track.
After another 10 m head through/around the gate.
After another 45 m turn left.
After another 20 m climb over the stile.
After another 8 m continue straight, to head along Pinnacle Central Track.
After another 6 m pass the "The Pinnacle Notice Board" (on your right).
After another 250 m continue straight, to head along Pinnacle Central Track.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. A side trip taking you to The Pinnacle Summit, where you can get better views over the land. To start this optional side trip turn left here. On returning from this side trip continue straight when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 70 m (at the intersection of Macroryncha Track & Pinnacle Central Track) turn right, to head along Macroryncha Track.
After another 40 m veer left, to head along Macroryncha Track.
After another 120 m continue straight, to head along Macroryncha Track.
After another 380 m continue straight, to head along Macroryncha Track.
After another 60 m continue straight, to head along Macroryncha Track.
After another 160 m (at the intersection of Dowling Track & Macroryncha Track) turn left, to head along Dowling Track.
After another 55 m pass the sign (8 m on your right).
After another 730 m continue straight, to head along Dowling Track.
After another 35 m (at the intersection of Tully Boundary Trail & Dowling Track) veer right, to head along Tully Boundary Trail.
After another 265 m (at the intersection of Tully Boundary Trail & Valley Track) continue straight, to head along Tully Boundary Trail.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. An optional side trip to a viewpoint near the border of the reserve, providing you with more panoramic views over Canberra. You can even spot the Telstra Tower(Black Mountain) if you look carefully. To start this optional side trip turn right here. On returning from this side trip turn right when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 170 m continue straight, to head along Tully Boundary Trail.
After another 370 m continue straight, to head along Tully Boundary Trail.
After another 310 m (at the intersection of Tully Boundary Trail & ACTEW pump track) continue straight, to head along ACTEW pump track.
After another 400 m (at the intersection of Springvale Track & ACTEW pump track) turn left, to head along Springvale Track.
After another 35 m (at the intersection of Actew Pump Track & Springvale Track) continue straight, to head along Springvale Track.
After another 40 m pass the car park (70 m on your right).
After another 125 m turn right.
After another 60 m come to a gate.
If you can't hop over the gate, turn around and take all the first right turns to make your way back to the red metal gate at the start.
The end.

A side trip taking you to The Pinnacle Summit, where you can get better views over the land.
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Pinnacle Central Track & Macroryncha Track Start (a walking track).
After another 75 m continue straight.
After another 25 m come to the end.
"The Pinnacle".
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 100 m to the main route.

An optional side trip to a viewpoint near the border of the reserve, providing you with more panoramic views over Canberra. You can even spot the Telstra Tower(Black Mountain) if you look carefully.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 65 m come to the end.
About 10 m past the end is a viewpoint.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 65 m to the main route.
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Terrain
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The Pinnacle Circuit


Grading
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 4 km
Time 1 h 15 min to 2 h
Quality of track Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Signage Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Infrastructure Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (2/6)
Experience Required No experience required (2/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (2/6)
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