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?
# 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.
# 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.
# 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.
# 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.
# 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!
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