An example lockspit – ACT Surveyor-General Jeff Brown drives in the corner post

Monday morning 20 November: Opening of The Mouat Tree at Namadgi Visitors Centre.


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Minister Mick Gentleman and the granddaughter of Harry Mouat opened the Mouat Tree at Namadgi Visitors Centre this morning.

The blaze tree, removed and helicoptered in from the southern ACT border, now stands upright in its new home. The shelter evokes an image of the canvas tents in the surveyors’ base camps, there is some great interpretive signage (including a cool quote from Alex P) and an example lockspit and border corner post nearby.

Well worth a visit. You can’t miss it, in the Woodland Walk area of the NVC a few hundred metres via gravel path from the steps of the Centre.

All involved in the project should be well pleased with the result. But hats off to local historian Matthew Higgins for conceiving and driving the project.

Pushing my little barrow … what we need next is the 1730+m knoll on the SE Scabby Range and north of Mt Gudgenby (currently know to some bushwalkers as The Fortress) to be officially named Mount Mouat.


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... bushwalking in the ACT and nearby NSW. I began my love affair with the ACT bush in 2004 after completing the Canberra Bushwalking Club's annual Navigation Refresher. Seven sessions of navigation and bushcraft shared by living legends had me hooked. It's grown from a passion to an obsession. With other responsibilities it's hard to get away overnight, so I usually only day walk. I like gadgets and technobabble. Information on this blog is shared in the hope that it might encourage others to get out and breathe a bit of fresh air.