[Note: The Stanhope Highway is the wide fire trail that skirts the cut-off drain around the base of Cooleman Ridge and Mt Arawang. The Stanhope highway is not its official name but is a term provided by a local wag.]
From Cooleman Court home is a shade over 6km. If you were to finish at the Kambah Village instead you would probably add about .5km to that distance.
Starting from the southern entrance/exit of Cooleman Court head south towards Hindmarsh Drive. You need to cross Parkinson Street, one of the very few road crossing on this walk.
Follow the path through a open space keeping to the path running on the right hand side of the open space.
|This path leads down to Fremantle Drive|
Continue along this dirt track until it meets a cement path. Cross the path and then turn right on the next path you come to.
|The path curves around the Chapman Pre-school|
You have now gone 2km. If you want a break there is a bakery that also serves coffee and the Chapman Takeaway as well as an IGA Supermarket.
Back on track, the path goes through a final underpass taking you under Perry Drive.
This path continues to the left of a series of fences and climbs gradually at first and then more steeply as it nears a series of steps.
The final set of steps brings you out at a path. Turn right for a few steps and then head up a dirt track under the powerlines and alongside a garden.
|At the point where the upward track intersects with the track you will see a post with a 1 on it. To the left is a post with a box on top with may contain a pamphlet for a guided walk around this section of the reserve|
The views along this section of the track are expansive.
|Looking across Chapman towards the Woden town centre|
|Yes, it really is Woden down there|
Continue following the track around the base of Mt Arawang and alongside the cut off drain. Just after the 4km mark you will reach a gate with a Park Care sign.
You will now have views of Mt Taylor and the Tuggeranong Valley.
Ahead of you is the Kambah Pool Road. Cross the road and then an open grassy area and you will reach houses. You can either wind your way through the houses or go around the edge of the houses. Whichever route you choose you will eventually reach Drakeford Drive and it is then only a short walk to the Kambah Village.