Know before you go

There are no toilet facilities, water or coverage at Bruce Ridge but local shops are only 10 minutes ride away at O’Connor.

Bruce Ridge Nature Reserve has significant natural values and preserves several threatened flora species and threatened vegetation communities. Despite the inevitable impacts of the reserve’s proximity to a substantial urban centre, it retains ecological integrity, the protection of which remains the management priority for the ACT Parks and Conservation Service.

Dogs are allowed in Bruce Ridge Nature Park but must be kept on a leash.

Horse riding is not permitted in Bruce Ridge.

Mountain bikes are common on Bruce Ridge but mainly stay to the single tracks. Always keep a wary eye and ear uphill if you are walking or running on the single tracks.

Motorbikes are excluded from Bruce Ridge Nature Park.  You will be reported, found and prosecuted.

The only vehicles permitted access to Bruce Ridge Nature Park without a specific permit are from ACTEW, TAMS  and emergency services.

Getting there
The way you enter Bruce Ridge will determine how you get there, as there are several routes in.  The recommended parking spots are:

  • Canberra Stadium car park, Masterman Street, if there are no events on there. Park close to the end of Masterman Street and access through the Gungahlin Drive underpass.  Continue 100 metres down the bike path and enter the park to the right to the trail head near the power lines.
  • Dryandra Street, park 200 metres or so North of the roundabout at Belconnen Way/Fairfax St (there’s a dirt carpark on the side of the road).  Continue West onto the bike path and follow this about 200 metres up the hill to reach the trail head under the power lines on the left.

Access by foot and bike are also available from:

  • Cnr Belconnen Way and Gunghalin drive
  • Cnr of Fairfax st and Dryranda st
  • Alivio Tourist Park Kunzea st
  • Calvary Hospital underpass
  • Bruce TAFE Underpass
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