Canberra resident, tourist, or a vanlifer just passing through? No trip to the nation’s capital is complete without checking out Namadgi National Park – Canberra’s adventure playground.

A short hop from the city centre, Namadgi National Park is the answer to many a weekend warrior’s outdoor cravings. Making up nearly half of the entire territory, Namadgi contains an impressive number of plants and animals. Many of these are threatened, rare or uncommon, and well-deserving of the protection the Namadgi offers.

Namadgi is also historically important and you can see lots of evidence of Australian First Peoples use of the area. Explore deeply and you’ll find quarries, stone arrangements, rock art and the more recent remnants of homesteads and pastoral huts.

What could you do with a weekend in the wilderness?

Taste Of The Aussie Alps // Namadgi National Park (ACT) photo by @Jack_Palma

Australian Alps Walking Track – Photo by @Jack_Palma

# 1 Check out the Australian Alps Walking Track

Experience part of the 655km Australian Alps Walking Track, enjoy prime stargazing and explore a historical space-tracking station used on NASA missions.

Read: Taste Of The Aussie Alps // Namadgi National Park (ACT)

# 2 Tackle a short and steep hike up Booroomba Rocks

Gain one of the best views of the Brindabella ranges – even better as a sunrise or sunset mission with a couple of mates.

Read: A Blast Up Booroomba Rocks // Namadgi National Park (ACT)

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Gibraltar Falls – Photo by Shea-Cara Hammond

# 3 Cool your boots at Gibraltar Falls

50m high and not far from the city, Gibraltar Falls is an easy expedition any time of year. Try visiting after heavy rain to add more punch to your micro.

Read: Top 5 Places To Cool Off In Canberra // Namadgi National Park (ACT)

# 4 Go Peak Bagging and tick off the ACT’s second highest peak

Mount Gingera delivers 360° views of the Bimberi Wilderness, Namadgi National Park and Kosciuszko National Park. Truly a wilderness view.

Read: Corin Dam To Mount Gingera // Namadgi National Park (ACT)

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Corin Dam – Photo by Xavier Anderson

# 5 Lose yourself at Square Rock

Wander through the traditional lands of the Ngunnawal people and scramble over the large granite boulders of Namadgi National Park — there’s a ladder climb at the end of the hike so take care on this one!

Read: Square Rock // Namadgi National Park (ACT)


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