|9 June 2003
|Orroral Heritage Trail
|Maps: Rendezvous Creek 8626-1S Second Edition 1:25000, Environment ACT Namadgi Guide
This walk was led by my good friend Stan L. 6 of us from our church participated. Drive from Weston Creek via the southern suburbs through Tharwa. Turn right into Orroral Road just after the top of Fitz's Hill and drive to the Orroral Campground. All sealed road, about 50 km and 1 hour's drive.
This walk is number 7 on the Namadgi National Park map, Walks on walking tracks. It is rated as 6 km one way (2½ hours), but can be completed a little quicker than that if so desired.
The track leaves the northern edge of the camping ground. It was a little hard to find some 4 months after the fires and the treed area was very burnt and bleak. We found the track and were soon out of the trees and into the Orroral Valley. The river is crossed on a wooden bridge and the water was bright and clear.
Then on up the grassy valley to the buildings and signage. First the remains of the 1950s house, then the Orroral Homestead. We had a good look around and lunch.
Then on to the stockyards and, on queue near the 'Kangaroos' signage, quite a mob. We went on to the pads of the Orroral Valley Tracking Station, used the fabulous new environmentally friendly loo, then retraced our steps.
All in all, a very pleasant stroll.
|1 Stark trunks near Orroral Camping Ground
|2 Orroral River running bright and clear
|3 The homestead