13 February 2008 Xanthorrhoea Trail and part of Church Rock Heritage Loop Photos
Map: Tidbinbilla 1:25000
Getting There

This walk was organised and led by me as a private walk:

(Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve - an introduction to the Aussie bush for my US Granddaughter, with parents and Aunty Caity.)

The 5 of us took a flying visit to the Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve and drove to the par cark at the (gone) Education Centre.


One can't go too far with a Dad carrying 9 month old daughter and only 2.5hrs door to door. We loaded up and wandered up the Xanthorrhoea Trail to the lovely Grass Trees. We passed the spot where I said on ABC Stateline that I'd bring my Granddaughter - and here we were! Kangaroos on the way up. A pause at the objective (see pic 1) to read the signage, then down. More 'roos and two emus.

We then drove along the left loop of the Tidbinbilla Ring Road to where the Church Rock Heritage Loop crosses it. Up to Church Rock (see pic 2) and a little further along the loop. Excellent signage and I learned a few things! Johns Peak was named after John McDonald, husband of Eliza Webb - so they look at each other across the TNR! Also read about Rayner's saw mill. Must visit.

Great brochure at http://www.tams.act.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0020/61148/Church_Rock_Heritage_Loop_Brochure.pdf.

We stopped for a pic of Rock Valley (see pic 3) on the way home.

Short and quick, but a first. Thank you family - Caitlin visiting from London and Dylan, Alicia and Adelaide visiting from San Diego.

Distance: 2.3km  Climb: 50m.  Time: 10.15-10.50am and 11.00-11.15am
Grading: S/E; VE(3).

KMZ file for Google Earth/Maps: Xanthorrhoea Trail and Church Rock

Click on a thumbnail below to see the full sized picture
1 Grass Tree
2 Church Rock
3 Rock Valley