The Namadgi National Park website of the ACT Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate, for short ACT Environment, has been updated. They have even provided a rather nice map and updated the walks page, too.
“In early 2020, the Orroral Valley bushfire burnt over 80% of Namadgi National Park, or about 86,562 hectares. Soon after the bushfire, flooding to the fireground caused significant and widespread damage. The impacts from these extreme weather events has resulted in significant safety issues and led to the ongoing closure of Namadgi while repairs and restoration work are underway.”Namadgi National Park – Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate – Environment
It is most exciting to see that ACT Environment has updated their map. ACT Environment are not the most communicative bunch. The new map! A sight to see for those that like maps.
The burnt out and closed section in the centre is closed. This is where there was a lot of good bits. Bushfire recovery takes decades. All that nice forest gone, very sad. 😦
The southern section of the park is the flattest and historically significant. There are some nice old homesteads down that way. Mount Clear campground is icy at this time of year as it is hot in summer. Naas Valley Road and Bicentennial National Trail provide good bike access. Old Boboyan Road is a dust bowl south of the Orroral Valley. Naas Valley Road is the better option. Be warned, it is the definition of remote. Do not expect mobile coverage.
The northern section is closest, and Mount Franklin Road follows the ridge. Very high up, and very cold in winter. Expect snow. Best in summer when you have 40 Celsius in Canberra. Mount Franklin is spectacular with 50% slopes on the south side. Peaks on this ridge road are above 1800m.
Corin Road and Tidbinbilla are much more civilised. They can be warm and cosy even in winter, but make sure you get out before the sun goes down when the temperature plummets. After evening snow falls, head out early to Corin Road.