|24 November 2004
|Yankee Hat Aboriginal Rock Art
|Maps: Yaouk 8626-2N Second Edition 1:25000, Environment ACT Namadgi Guide
Drive from Weston Creek via the southern suburbs through Tharwa, past the Glendale Crossing area. Turn right into Old Boboyan Road just before the end of the made road. It's signposted to Yankee Hat Car Park. The last 3.5km are unsealed. A total of 57.5km, about 1 hour's drive.
This walk is number 10 on the Namadgi National Park map, Walks on walking tracks. It is rated as 6km return (2.5 hours), but can be completed a little quicker than that if so desired. I took a friend who walks with a walking stick and I do hope he enjoyed it. It is a lovely area.
We were on the track, with brochure in hand from the weatherproof box at the start of the walk by the edge of the car park by 10.10am. As always, the view from the car park into the Bimberi Wilderness is amazing and inspiring. In addition, it was a blue-sky, late Spring day.
The stroll across the kangaroo-mown grasslands took us through a couple of circles of field mushrooms, which I picked and have since devoured on a piece of prime beef (lovely strong flavour - does this contravene the flora protection laws?!). There was a good flow of water in Bogong Creek as we crossed the bridge and associated boardwalk.
Then on up the gentle slope to the 'remnant eucalypt forest', with vibrant wild flowers everywhere. The kangaroos lazily acknowledged our presence.
Past a massive boulder on the left (which I used as a leg marker on a subsequent walk), signed in at the register, then to the rock art shelter. We stopped for 35 minutes for morning tea with the local lizard. I enjoy the rock art and hope that Aboriginal people are proud of this area.
We returned via the track, were back to the car by 12.35pm and, once on the road, went a couple of kilometres further south on the Boboyan Road to the lookout with its magnificent views.
Distance: 5.7km Time: 10.10am-12.35pm, with 35 minute stop.
|1 Strong flow in Bogong Creek
|2 Remnant eucalypt forest
|3 Local lizard