View down to Murrumbidgee River from smoko

Sunday morning 10 December 2023 – S/M. In these waterlogged days this walk is in dry sclerophyll woodland, with hopefully a nice display of flowering plants. From Tidbinbilla Tracking Station we climb a wooded spur onto the fire trail along the Bullen Range. There’s a short walk along the trail (depending which spur we ascend) and then down another long spur to a dramatic lookout over the (flooded) Murrumbidgee River. We return the same way we came.


From Garmin Connect (Epix Gen 2) – Distance: 6.32km | Climb: 415vm (Elev Corrections Enabled) | Time: 1:54 moving + 1:11 of stops = 3:05 | Grading: S/M; M(8).


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Track Map

Here’s where we went.

Track Bullen Range Spurs

Trip Report

I was last in this area on 29 Apr 23.

This trip report does not do the area justice. It’s quite a special area. Open going up and down the spurs through sparsely vegetated woodlands. Several controlled burns last April.

We started from the Tracking Station car park, the dishes moving whilst we got ready.

Starting dish

Back up the road a bit and a squeeze through the opening beside a gate. A passage has been cleared through the dense shrubs that leads out onto green grasslands. A fence to cross over (or under) to begin the lovely spur climb to the Bullen Range Fire Trail which runs N-S on the crest.

We walked a little N on the FT to gain the top of a suitable descent spur. Down we went.

Descending towards morning tea at 680m

A little knoll at 630m provided a suitable morning tea spot, hight above the river.

View down to Murrumbidgee River from smoko

A good break with plenty of chatter.

Then the long haul back up the spur, from around 620m to the crest at 830m. An overcast, warm and muggy morning made us sweat (not just perspire) profusely. Down the other side to the cars.

A fine little trip. Always something to learn watching Rob H, the master navigator. Great company. Our guest, Wahyu, enjoyed it so much that she immediately joined CBC.


8 walkers – Jenny H, Rob H (leader), Quentin M, Derek S, Wahyu S, Sandra T, Khuong V, me.


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