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Namadgi National Park

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Canberra's Only National Park
Aboriginal rock art on the Yankee Hat Walking Track in Namadgi National Park

Aboriginal rock art on the Yankee Hat Walking Track in Namadgi National Park

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Strictly speaking it's not Canberra's but the Australian Capital Territory's only national park.

At just over 106,000 hectares, Namadgi National Park makes up about 46 per cent of the territory's land area.

Namadgi National Park is some 40 kilometres southwest of Canberra and around 45 minutes' drive from Canberra city centre to the national park's visitor centre on Naas Rd via the village of Tharwa.

Namadgi is adjacent to Brindabella and Kosciuszko National Parks in New South Wales.

Bush by the city

Namadgi National Park comprises large areas of bushland, attractive to Canberra visitors wishing to venture into areas of relatively untouched forests and rugged rock landscapes.

Go hiking, cycling, horse riding and camping — or simply have a picnic on a day out — at designated areas in the park.

Aboriginal heritage

It's a land of rich Aboriginal heritage — with evidence indigenous people lived in the region in the last Ice Age 21,000 years ago — and you'll discover old campsites of the Ngunnawal people, some with relics of the ancient past, as well as sites of Aboriginal rock paintings.

Take a guided tour from the Namadji National Park visitor centre through the park's historic and sacred Aboriginal sites.

And so to the moon

In a link to contemporary times, and space travel, Namadgi National Park is the location of the old Apollo space tracking stations at Orroral Valley and Honeysuckle Creek — the first place on earth to receive images of American astronaut Neil Armstrong walking on the moon.

National park wildlife

Namadgi National Park is home to a variety of Australian fauna including eastern grey kangaroos, wallabies, wombats, northern corroboree frogs, the rare broad-tooth rat, river blackfish, wedge-tailed eagles, Australian kestrels, magpies, rosellas and ravens.

How's the weather?

The weather within the park ranges from cold winter nights to warm summer days and can be quite fickle, changing fairly quickly.

In the winter, snow falls on the park's Bimberi and Brindabella Ranges. Bimberi Peak at 1911 metres is the highest peak in the Australian Capital Territory.

Park facilities

Namadgi National Park is open throughout the year. Entry is free.

The Namadgi National Park visitor centre is open weekdays from 9am to 4pm, and weekends from 9am to 4.30pm. It is closed on Christmas Day.

There are a number of picnic areas, with tables and toilets, within and near the park including Tidbinbilla Reserve.

Camping is allowed in designated areas under certain conditions and must be booked at the visitor centre on 612-6207-2900 or at bookings.act.gov.au.

There are 169 marked walking tracks within the park. Walks off-track are allowed experienced or well-prepared walkers who must record details of their trip in the park's bushwalking registers.

Several hundred kilometres of mountain trails exist in the track with cycling permitted on formed management trails with certain exceptions. Check with the visitor centre on particular exclusions.

Driving is allowed on the park's public roads. Some roads may be closed due to adverse weather conditions.

Petrol is not available in the park.

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