Settlers Track

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Start date: 
Sunday, 7 July 2019 - 8:00am

From the early 19th century onwards, before Canberra and the ACT existed, Boboyan and the other grassy valleys of what is now southern Namadgi National Park were home to a handful of hardy pastoralists (farmers) who lived rough and worked hard on the edge of the rugged Bimberi wilderness. These pioneers left their mark on the landscape, both in terms of place names (Shanahan, McKeahnie, Brayshaw, Westerman, and Oldfield), and the buildings and structures they erected. This 9km bushwalk will follow the Settlers Track and visit six historic sites which are the legacy of these early settlers namely Tin Dish School site (1908), Brawshaws Hut (1903), Westermans Homestead (1916), Grassy Creek stockyards (1947), Waterhole Hut (1939) and Waterhole stockyards (1935). Brawshaws Hut and Westermans Homestead in particular have been lovingly and beautifully restored and maintained by the Kosciuszko Huts Association while Waterhole yards are perhaps the most intact log-type yards from before WWII in Namadgi National Park. Only about one hour’s drive from the ANU, this relaxed walk is suitable for beginners. It is generally flat with gentle slopes across rolling grassy valleys and open bush land. Granite boulders are scattered throughout the area which is also home to many kangaroos. Maps: Yaouk & Shannons Flat 1:25,000.

About $10 for transport
Intended plan: 
Walk Settlers Track loop
Departure and intended return times: 
Depart Wanniassa 8am. Return to Canberra by about 6pm
Local knowledge: 
Trip leader has previously walked the route
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