Namadgi is the Australian Capital Territory’s largest park at 106,095 hectares. Indeed it accounts for 46% of the total area of the Territory. It stretches from about 35kms to 90kms south of Australia’s capital city, Canberra.
The Park has over twenty marked walking trails, a rather nice waterfall, the Territory’s highest peak – Bimberi Peak at 1911metres, Aboriginal (Yankee Hat Art Site) and European (Settlers Track) cultural heritage sites, two dams on the Cotter River which supply the majority of Canberra’s water (Corrin and Bendora) as well as three campgrounds (permits required) and numerous picnic areas.
It was from Honeysuckle Creek tracking station (no longer in existence), within the park, that the first signals (8.5 minutes) of Armstrong’s Apollo 11 lunar landing in 1969 were beamed onto television screens across the world.
While I have extensively explored the adjacent Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve I am less travelled, as it were, in Namadgi though I am working on that and will add more reviews to this category as I do more walks, etc.
Do join me now for a trip through Namadgi National Park where you first stop should be the Visitor Centre.
Namadgi National Park is one of those parks that is prone to all the extremes of weather that Australia can throw up – in particular fires, floods and snow. As a consequence, various parts of, or indeed all of, the park may not be accessible at any point in time.
Prior to visiting the park I recommend that you give the Visitor Centre a call, or drop in if you intend visiting the eastern or southern parts of the Park (i.e entering via Tharwa and the Naas Road – as opposed to Corin Road, the other main access route from Canberra).
In addition to finding out about road conditions and access, the Visitor Centre has a small display on the Park and provides free walk guides (which are also available for download online). In addition, the Centre has a small shop where maps, books, posters and gifts (don’t expect to much!) can be purchased.
Even if you are not starting one of the walks from the Centre do pop out onto the back verandah for a great view of Mt Tennent – pictured below, which would have been better had the mountain not been shrouded in mist when I took the picture!
While you can get drinks and ice creams here, please be aware that there are no food outlets within Namadgi National Park and if entering via Naas Road you should bring provisions sufficient for the duration of your stay with you. Do not rely on the general store in Tharwa being open or having sufficient range to meet your needs – buy what you need and refuel your car in Canberra.
Visitor Centre opening hours:
9 am–4:00 pm weekdays and 9 am – 4.30 pm weekends. Open seven days per week including public holidays (closed Christmas Day). The park itself is open 24/7 unless closed in full (unlikely) or in part due to weather conditions.
The Visitor Centre’s main car park is locked outside Centre opening hours. Should you wish to start a walk from the rear of the Centre prior to 9am or anticipate returning to your vehicle after Visitor Centre closing time use the smaller car park outside the Visitor Centre’s entrance gate.
Address: Two kilometres south of Tharwa on Naas Road
Phone: 02 6207 2900
This blog entry is the first of a group (loop) of entries on Namadgi National Park. To continue with my next entry chick HERE.