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Women's ACT Free Meet Up Hike Flower to Tower Trail

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We believe adventure brings women together - and walking and talking go hand in hand.

The Flower to Tower trail starts/ends in the Australian National Botanic Gardens and winds its way through the gardens to the top of Black Mountain (via the Black Mountain Summit Trail) and down again.

Bookending this walk with the Botanic Gardens means you ll get to see a lot of gorgeous scenery - rainforest boardwalks, rock gardens, the native bee hotel, Red Centre garden, plus lots of ducklings and water dragons. And, the always popular Pollen caf is onsite, for anyone who would like to stay for coffee afterwards.

Who is this walk orgnaised by? Women Want Adventure.


  • Date: Sunday 25th July
  • Meeting time: 9am
  • Meeting location: Australian National Botanic Gardens Visitors Centre
  • Finish time: 12.30pm
  • Grade: Moderate
  • Duration of hiking: 3 hours and 6.5km
  • Numbers: 15 women
  • Over 18 years only


  • Day pack (large enough to carry 2L water, rain jacket, personal belongings)
  • Rain jacket
  • Hat & sunscreen
  • 2L water
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera or phone for photos
  • Sunglasses
  • Personal medication
  • Snack/bite to eat


The trail is around 5.5km return. Black Mountain itself is steep, but the track is sealed and easy to grip. So it s very do-able. Plus, we ll stop at the top for an up-close look at Telstra Tower while we enjoy some anzac biscuits and catch our breath, before heading back down the mountain.

There are bathrooms/bubblers at the start, halfway and end points.

You can expect to be impressed by Black Mountain s steep slopes, and by yourself for conquering them! The first half of this walk is a very steep incline and will definitely get your endorphins going! But remember, the path is sealed and very safe, and we ll go at a comfortable pace. The sense of achievement at the top of Black Mountain is well worth the climb plus, it s all downhill for the second half.


Street address: Clunies Ross Street, Acton ACT

Directions: The entrance to the Australian National Botanic Gardens is on Clunies Ross Street in Acton. Turn into the Botanic Gardens and you will drive straight into the carpark.

Parking: There is ample paid parking available at the Australian National Botanic Gardens. Parking costs $3.60 per hour or $15 per day.

Meeting point: The group will meet out the front of the visitors centre.

Need to get in touch? GREAT! We love hearing from you and assisting with your questions. Please email womenwantadventure@outlook.com


So, what exactly is Women Want Adventure? Do I have to be a young, super fit, experienced adventurer to attend?

Nope, you certainly do not. You can be a beginner to advanced (or anywhere in-between). Women Want Adventure is all about women coming together to try something new, make friendships, experience challenges, surprises and enjoyment of adventure. Our youngest member is mid 20 s, our oldest is 71, and 75% of women turn up individually. To find out more about what we do, click here.

Do you have local women s trips in every state?

We re always adventuring across Australia (we love to explore), but our HQ is based in Sydney and most trips are in NSW (for the moment). By HQ we mean Monique s home office. She likes indoor plants and gear lists. Believe it or not, we re a small outdoor company. Most of our guides work other jobs. Our team live between NSW, ACT and VIC, where we operate local day and weekend trips. We re big on making sure trips are safe, welcoming, small group numbered and inclusive so we re just going slow.

I m nervous to attend, is this normal?

Nerves are normal. Even the most experienced adventurers still get nervous. Part of going on an adventure is seeking the unknown . Our guides will support you along the way and the best part? Other women in the group are just like you. Not many women know each other and after the first few minutes of introductions you will feel like you ve hiked or kayaked with us plenty of times before.

Are there bathrooms at the meeting location? Yes.

How far from the nearest town? 10mins to Canberra City.

Do I need to register to attend? Yes, this is important to know who is coming on the day, reduce group size and record details due to Covid.

Will there be other hikes coming up? We're doing our best! We aim to have a free meet up every 4-6 weeks in the ACT. For all our other women's adventures visit our website here.

* All prices are per person and listed in Australian Dollars (AUD). All prices shown are GST inclusive where applicable.

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