I love discovering places around Canberra that not many people know about and the Glenburn Heritage Precinct is one such place. This area is a fascinating piece of Canberra's history and one well worth further investigation.
The entrance to Glenburn is just outside of Queanbeyan on the Kings Highway. The entrance is shared with the gun club and although gun club members can go through the gate, walkers wanting to undertake the trail should park before going through the gate. It is a bit of a blink and you'll miss it entrance. There is, however, a sign which points out that Glenburn Heritage Precinct is 200m down the road on the left (if coming from Queanbeyan). You will spot a wide driveway entrance, if you turn in here you will see the yellow gate which marks the start of the walk. I missed it several times when I was looking for it.
Once parked, head through the locked gate to start the walk. There are several options available on this walk. You can go straight ahead and head out to the Glenburn Homestead, or take the first left up a hill (see map photo)
There are three routes marked out on the map, the 10km return Glenburn Heritage Trail, the 10km return Burbong trail or the Precinct Loop Trail which is a 12km return loop. The first time I undertook the walk, I chose the Glenburn Heritage Trail. I have done the walk a couple more times since and have on both occasions done the Precinct Loop Trail.
Heading down the Precinct Loop Trail will take you right out to the Coppins and Argyle homesteads and from here you will need to double back to complete the loop - heading towards the old Kowen School site. Be sure to check out the old orchard surrounding the Colliers homestead as well. If you are there at the right time of year, the trees are in full fruit with plums, quince, pears and apples. There is also a little picnic table situated in the middle of the orchard which is a perfect spot to sit and have some lunch and just enjoy nature.
Although it is not a particularly taxing walk, it is long and has just enough hills to get the heart rate up. The ruins are amazing to see and the history of the land is quite fascinating. Also quite surprisingly, there are also some amazing views on this walk, particularly from Atkinson Trig. As an added bonus this is a dog-friendly walk.
I truly love that such a significant part of our local history has been preserved as well as it has. It is an interesting part of both our aboriginal history and the early European settler history. I intend to do some more research on the area but if you're looking for somewhere to walk near Canberra, definitely check this place out. My only words of warning would be to not do it in summer, it's definitely an autumn through to spring walk due to the lack of shade coverage. Other than that have fun exploring the Glenburn Heritage Precinct.