Take a hike up to Square Rock and you’ll become lost in time, wandering through the traditional lands of the Ngunnawal people and scrambling over the large granite boulders of Namadgi National Park.


  • Abundant wildlife
  • Incredible sunsets
  • Great running tracks

The Hike To Square Rock

When you arrive at the carpark, don’t head up the big fire trail to the left and wander around for an hour as I did. Your adventure, and the track, begins to the right of the car park.

As you start the ascent, you’ll navigate past the snowy gums and stepping stones along this narrow, well trodden track. Try to avoid the wombat poo on your way up, the ascent is reasonably steep in places, but there are plenty of opportunities to rest. At the end of the hike, you will find a ladder bolted onto the rocks. It’s now time to climb up the giant boulders to the top.


Square Rock // Namadgi National Park (ACT), Shea-Cara Hammond, stone steps, boulder, trees, going up


During the winter months, you can expect to find a light dusting of snow as you break the tree line as well as being treated to a glorious sunset. The summer months are equally spectacular with birdlife and other marsupials.

Essential Gear

How to Get There

Square Rock is approximately 50 minutes from Canberra. Follow along Corin Road off Tidbinbilla Road until you see the Square Rock car park sign on the left. Approximate location here.


  • Hiking
  • Photography
  • Animal watching

Skill Level


Distance Covered

9km return / 2-3 hours