Walk Features: This loop walk takes you from the Shops along wide, leafy streets (shady in Summer and beautifully coloured in Autumn), and through reserves and playgrounds. Some of the walk is on a fire trail and dirt tracks.

Duration of the walk: About 1 hour and 35 minutes.

Region: North Canberra.

Information about the Suburb: Hackett was established in 1960 and named after Sir John Winthrop Hackett (1848–1916), who was a newspaper editor and worker for the Federation of Australia. Its streets are named after scientists. For more information, visit the Hackett Community Association website or the PDF version of their  book “Hackett – 50 years plus: Story of a north Canberra suburb”.

Walk Directions

Click here for a pdf version of the walk directions.

To get to the start of the walk proceed up Northbourne Ave, turn R into Antill St, then R into Madigan St, R into Hackett Pl and the Shops.

Note that streets in brackets means there is no street sign at this point of the walk.

  1. Proceed out to Madigan St and go R.
  2. Pass Rivett St on your L.
  3. Pass Maitland St on your R
  4. Go L up a concrete path just before a bus shelter.
  5. Pass a playground on your L and continue up through a reserve.
  6. Go R onto (Mackenzie St).
  7. Pass Grayson St on your R.
  8. Go R onto Brennan St and follow it around to a park.
  9. Go R on a concrete path into the park.
  10. Go L onto (Bragg St).
  11. Pass a basketball practice court, a playground and seats on your L.
  12. Go R onto (Mackenzie St).
  13. Pass Dunlop St then Russell St on your R.
  14. Opposite number 88 go L up an open area.
  15. Pass through a gap in a fence on your R.
  16. Continue straight ahead on a a dirt track through bushland.
  17. Go R on a fire trail known as the (Hackett Houses Trail).
  18. Go R onto Hancocks Rd.
  19. Pass the Mount Majura Nature Reserve sign on your R and proceed across the car park.
  20. Cross over (Kellaway St) and continue straight ahead on a dirt track.
  21. Continue on a concrete path alongside (Phillip Ave) on your L.
  22. Cross over Madigan St and continue straight ahead.
  23. At a bus stop go R up a dirt track behind houses on your L.
  24. Pass through a gate and go L to follow a dirt track across the reserve with Hackett Neighbourhood Oval over to your R.
  25. Go R onto (Maitland St) to pass the oval on your R.
  26. Pass Caldwell St on your L.
  27. Go L onto Stanley St.
  28. Go L on a concrete path passing a playground and some boulders on your L.
  29. Continue straight ahead down (Caldwell St).
  30. Pass Steele St on your L.
  31. Go R onto Maitland St.
  32. Pass Hedley St on your R.
  33. Pass Newton St on your L.
  34. Go L onto Gilruth St.
  35. Pass a playground on your R.
  36. Go L onto Maitland St.
  37. Pass Mills St on your R.
  38. Go L onto Madigan St.
  39. Go R onto Rivett St.
  40. Go R onto Gilbert St and follow it around to a reserve.
  41. Go sharp R on a concrete path passing a playground on your L.
  42. Veer L to proceed uphill on French St.
  43. Go R onto Rivett St.
  44. Pass French St on your R.
  45. Pass a car park and reserve and then Richards St on your L.
  46. Go R onto Selwyn St and follow it all the way around. Ignore a concrete path to your R.
  47. Go R onto Rivett St.
  48. Pass Tryon St on your L and Haddon St on your R.
  49. Cross over Madigan St and back to the Shops.