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Making up more than half of the Australian Capital Territory and covering 105,900 hectares is the Namadgi National Park. Namadgi is the Aboriginal word for the mountains southwest of Canberra.

The north-west section of the park lies to the south of Canberra’s outlying suburbs, whilst the south-west area joins the Kosciuszko National Park, the Bimberi and Scabby Range nature reserves and with Brindabella on the north-eastern border.

The Namadgi ranges are of great importance to the Ngunawal Aboriginal people and are recognised by the bold outcrops of granite. It is home to a variety of flora and fauna ranging from the broad grassy valleys to the snow gum woodlands. Sub-alpine bogs of sphagnum moss are particularly important because they purify water and continue to release it slowly even in times of drought. The Cotter River, its headwaters part of the Bimberi Wilderness, brings high quality water to Canberra.
 

Namadgi National ParkSnow can fall anywhere in the park but is most common particularly on the Bimberi and Brindabella Ranges. If snow condition permits, during winter the Mt Franklin Road is open, and the areas beyond are good for cross-country skiing. There is no facilities for downhill skiing. During winter, the Brindabella and Mt Franklin Roads can be hazardous and care should be taken, as help is not always available for vehicles which run into trouble. Unsealed roads are narrow and can be slippery when wet or frosty and at times can be closed because of snow, floods, and Total Fire Bans.

Bushwalking will take you into the remote parts of Namadgi where you can experience the full beauty of the park. If you do venture into the remote areas you should record the details of your trip into the bushwalking registers located at the visitor centre and elsewhere in the park.

Waterproof and warm clothing is a must at any time of the year as weather can change unexpectedly. You should also take a map and compass if you venture off the marked tracks. Camping is permitted only in the upper Cotter River Catchment, being prohibited in the lower and middle portions of the Cotter River Catchment.

Check out our listing of Namadgi National Park accommodation. In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.

Information Centre Namadgi Visitor Centre
Naas Road (two km past Tharwa), ACT
Ph: +61 2 6207 2900
Web: www.act.gov.au/environ/namadgi.html

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