Namadgi National Park: partly opened again

Namadgi National Park has been closed for over a year and now some sections have opened again. The gravel section of Boboyan Road is in poor condition and a 4WD is recommended. Orroral Valley Road is closed leaving just Apollo Road open.

Namadgi National Park is a big area, but only two roads provide good access into to the area west of Boboyan Road: Orroral Valley Road and Apollo Road. Both roads were repaired after the fires in 2020. The Orroral Valley Road was destroyed in the floods in 2021 and is under repair once again. The good news is that the Apollo Road is now open again providing access to Honeysuckle Creek.

Orroral Valley Road

Orroral Valley Road is closed and the Orroral Valley only accessible on foot or bike. There is enough space to park at the top of Orroral Valley Road and walk along the road into the valley. As the road is closed and therefore no traffic, cycling the road would also be interesting.

Orroral Valley Road closed, Namadgi National park, ACT.
Orroral Valley Road closed, Namadgi National park, ACT.

Honeysuckle Creek

Honeysuckle Creek seems to have sustained surprisingly little damage in the 2020 fires. This is a turn of luck after the destruction of the 2003 fires.

With toilets, shelter and parking, Honeysuckle Creek is an excellent place to start a walk but few cycling opportunities in this area. The Australian Alps Walking Trail (AAWT), joins Honeysuckle Creek Campground with Namadgi National Park visitor centre via the saddle on Mount Tennent.

Honeysuckle Creek, Namadgi National Park, ACT.
Parking area. Honeysuckle Creek, Namadgi National Park, ACT.
Picknick shelter. Honeysuckle Creek, Namadgi National Park, ACT.

Booroomba Rocks walk

The Booroomba Rocks walk starts at the parking area at the end of Booroomba Rocks Road. Booroomba Rocks Road is currently closed due to damage. You could walk along the road to the beginning of the walk, but a better option is to park the car at Honeysuckle Creek and walk from there (see below).

Honey Suckle Creek, Namadgi National Park, ACT.
Booroomba Rocks walk along the Australian Alps Walking Trail (AAWT). Honeysuckle Creek, Namadgi National Park, ACT.
The start is hidden behind the car park. Booroomba Rocks walk along the Australian Alps Walking Trail (AAWT). Honeysuckle Creek, Namadgi National Park, ACT.

Orroral Ridge Road

Orroral Ridge Road, connecting Honeysuckle Creek with the Orroral Valley, is a good road through a pretty forest to the edge of the Orroral Ridge (4 km). The climb to the ridge is about 150 m.

Sometimes the gate is open at the campground to vehicles, and you can drive part of the way, but this is unusual. Today was no exception and the gate was locked.

Walking: Surprisingly, this is the route proposed to walk to Orroral Valley Campground (40 km return) and Granite Tors (20 km return). Both are now advanced walks and Orroral Valley Campground is recommended as an overnight walk.

Cycling: Orroral Ridge Road is a management trail to the Orroral Valley. The descent into the Orroral Valley is steep. Follow the Orroral Valley Road until you reach the Orroral Valley Campground. The campground had good facilities before the fire, that have been replaced, but may not have drinking water.

Honey Suckle Creek, Namadgi National Park, ACT.
Orroral Ridge Road, Honeysuckle Creek, Namadgi National Park, ACT.
Honeysuckle Creek, Namadgi National Park, ACT.
Orroral Ridge Road, Honeysuckle Creek, Namadgi National Park, ACT.

Honeysuckle Creek to Orroral Valley Campground

Be warned: the Orroral Valley is remote.

The route between Honeysuckle Creek to Orroral Valley Campground is shown on the overview map below. From Honeysuckle Creek it is mostly downhill into the valley. The total distance is about 18 km, with a climb of 360 m and a descent of 590 m. The total climb for the return ride is about 950 m, which is quite a lot. The gradients on either side of the Orroral Ridge can be up to 17%. Typical for this part of the world, some pushing will be required.

Honeysuckle Creek to Orroral Valley Campground via Orroral Ridge Road. Map: Leaflet, © Komoot, Map data © OpenStreetMap contributors

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