The Pinnacle, Mini Circuit

45 min to 1 h 15 min

2.5 km
circuit

↑ 62 m
↓ -62 m

Moderate track
Starting from the dirt parking area on Springvale Drive, Weetangera, this circuit walk gives you a compact tour of The Pinnacle Nature Reserve, leading mostly via Pinnacle Central and Valley tracks. Keep your headphones off for this walk if you want to enjoy the beautiful tunes of kookaburras and cockatoos throughout the journey. You’ll also spot some reptilian species in summertime if you’re lucky. Thankfully, you don’t need to wait for the summer to take some kangaroo pictures. 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, Mini 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 turn left.
After another 105 m turn left.
After another 40 m pass the "The Pinnacle" (on your left).
After another 205 m veer left, to head along Pinnacle Central Track.
After another 160 m pass the "Bunny Hill" (60 m on your left).
After another 150 m continue straight, to head along Pinnacle Central Track.
After another 50 m (at the intersection of Pinnacle Central Track & Limestone Track) turn left, to head along Limestone Track.
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 error >360 when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 255 m (at the intersection of Valley Track & Limestone Track) turn left, to head along Valley Track.
After another 125 m continue straight, to head along Valley Track.
After another 315 m (at the intersection of Valley Track & detour) continue straight, to head along Valley Track.
After another 290 m continue straight, to head along Valley Track.
Keep left.
After another 45 m continue straight, to head along Valley Track.
After another 9 m head through/around the gate.
After another 50 m (at the intersection of Valley Track & Springvale Track) continue straight, to head along Valley Track.
After another 25 m (at the intersection of Bicentennial National Trail & Valley Track) turn right, to head along Bicentennial National Trail.
After another 95 m come to the end.

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
At the intersection of Limestone Track & Valley Track Start heading along Valley Track (a vehicle track).
After another 220 m (at the intersection of Tully Boundary Trail & Valley Track) turn left, to head along Tully Boundary Trail.
After another 170 m turn right.
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 450 m to the main route.
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Terrain
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The Pinnacle, Mini Circuit


Grading
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 2.5 km
Time 45 min to 1 h 15 min
Quality of track Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Gradient Gentle hills with occasional steps (2/6)
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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