Continuing with my quest to explore Canberra’s trails and nature reserves – and eventually, all 145km of the Canberra Centenary Trail – today I wandered around the Kama Nature Reserve, which sits between William Howell Drive and Lower Molonglo Nature Reserve in inner North West Canberra.
There are two well-marked trails, of around 2km and 5km, throughout the Reserve on mostly 4WD track, with views over Molonglo River, toward the Brindabellas, and also toward Black Mountain and Lake Burley Griffin.
The views are somewhat expansive and uninterrupted but as the Reserve is not significantly elevated, the views are a little unremarkable. The trail runs right next to the Molonglo River, so there is an opportunity to see the water close up, but no really unique photo opportunities.
At around 7am, I did not encounter anybody else, though did encounter many animals, about 20 cows, 50 kangaroos and various birds.
Access to the Reserve is via the Eastern side of William Hovell Drive. There is an unmarked ramp off the road that leads on about 150m of dirt road to a gate, and a narrow area for parking. William Howell Drive is a main arterial road with a speed limit of 90km/h, meaning entry/exit access to the Reserve requires extra caution among the cars racing past.
I’ll return here a couple more times, perhaps at sunset, and then another sunrise to hopefully catch some fog, before making up my mind about this Reserve.
Overall, it seems good for a short trail run / walk with wide views over Molonglo River and the Brindabellas, but for more spectacular and breathtaking views, there are better alternatives in Canberra.