Bruce Ridge Eastern Circuit

45 min to 1 h 15 min

2.9 km
circuit

↑ 70 m
↓ -70 m

Easy track
Starting from Kunzea Street, O’Connor, this circuit walk gives you a tour of the eastern part of the Bruce Ridge Nature Reserve via various tracks and trails, then loops back. In the imminent range of the city of Canberra, this compact walk through nature can be a quick getaway from the work environment. Try to spot a rock-wallaby as you make your way through the endangered Yellow Box – Blakely’s Red Gum grassy woodland. Speaking of animals, various species of birds such as the Speckled Warbler and Varied Sittella are known to reside in the area. You can even come across a Flame Robin if you’re really lucky. Dogs are allowed on leash, although keep them away from rabbit warrens as there may be phosphine gas in them due to the rabbit control program. 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 (-35.2572501,149.1076312)
Mode Car
DirectionsFrom Northbourne Avenue, A23
  • Turn on to Macarthur Avenue then drive for 2 km
  • At roundabout, take exit 3 onto Dryandra Street and drive for another 160 m
  • Turn left onto Kunzea Street and drive for another 190 m
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From Kunzea Street(180 metres east of intersection with Dryandra Street), head towards the signposted metal gate along the dirt path, moving directly away from the road. Pass through the gap in between the gate and the fenceline, then veer right and join the dirt trail as you move past an informational signpost with a map of the reserve on it to your left. Follow the fire trail gently uphill into the woodland to continue along Bruce Ridge Eastern Circuit.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 35 m (at the intersection of Terra Fima & Kunzea Street Fire Trail) continue straight, to head along Kunzea Street Fire Trail.
After another 225 m (at the intersection of Bruce Pipeline FT & Kunzea Street Fire Trail) turn right, to head along Bruce Pipeline FT.
After another 20 m (at the intersection of Bruce Pipeline Fire Trail & Bruce Pipeline FT) veer left, to head along Just in time (a walking track).
After another 200 m continue straight, to head along Just in time.
After another 20 m (at the intersection of North Bruce FT & Just in time) continue straight, to head along Just in time.
After another 60 m (at the intersection of Commuted & Just in time) turn right, to head along Commuted.
After another 90 m (at the intersection of Reservoir Ridge FT & Commuted) continue straight, to head along Commuted.
After another 25 m pass the sign (10 m on your right).
After another 260 m (at the intersection of Commuted & Rake Hoe) continue straight, to head along Commuted.
After another 185 m (at the intersection of Commuted & North Face) turn left, to head along North Face.
After another 135 m (at the intersection of North Face & North Bruce FT) continue straight, to head along North Face.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. An optional little side trip taking you to a creek.(may be dry) To start this optional side trip turn right here. On returning from this side trip turn sharp left when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 90 m (at the intersection of Link & North Face) turn sharp left, to head along North Face.
After another 30 m pass the sign (10 m on your left).
After another 105 m (at the intersection of Bruce Five & North Face) continue straight, to head along North Face.
After another 215 m (at the intersection of Reservoir Ridge FT & North Face) continue straight, to head along North Face.
After another 65 m (at the intersection of Whoopie & North Face) veer left, to head along Whoopie.
After another 330 m turn right, to head along Whoopie.
After another 255 m (at the intersection of North Bruce FT & Commuted) turn right, to head along North Bruce FT (a vehicle track).
After another 50 m (at the intersection of Just in time & North Bruce FT) continue straight, to head along Just in time (a walking track).
After another 220 m (at the intersection of Bruce Pipeline FT & Just in time) veer right, to head along Bruce Pipeline FT (a vehicle track).
After another 20 m (at the intersection of Just in time & Bruce Pipeline FT) turn left, to head along Kunzea Street Fire Trail.
After another 225 m (at the intersection of Terra Fima & Kunzea Street Fire Trail) continue straight.
After another 35 m come to the end.

An optional little side trip taking you to a creek.(may be dry)
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of North Face & Link Start heading along Link (a walking track).
There is a sign (about 10 m back from the start).
After another 35 m come to the end.
A ford.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 40 m to the main route.
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Terrain
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Bruce Ridge Eastern Circuit


Grading
Class 2/6
Easy track
Length 2.9 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 Clearly signposted (2/6)
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 (1/6)
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