Phillip tiptoeing through the Sherwood daffodils

Sunday 11 September 2022: Dowling trig and Sherwood Daffodils. From Mountain Creek Road we will walk two kilometres gaining 180 metres in altitude to Dowling Trig. We will descend via an open ridge with expansive views. We then proceed to Sherwood Homestead site for morning tea among the daffodils and jonquils. Our return is by a different route. We will be home in time for lunch.


From Garmin Connect – Distance: 9.32km | Climb: 372m | Time: 2.33 moving + 0:54 of stops = 3:27 | Grading: M/E; E(7).


Photographs are available here.

gpx File

The gpx file is available here.

Track Notes

I was last here on 20 Jun 19, 5 Apr 16, 30 Mar 13, 13 Mar 12, 6 Mar 12, 19 Apr 11 and 29 Apr 01. My information about Sherwood is here.

Apparently we have Tim the Yowie Man and the Riotact to thank for recently advertising the Sherwood daffodils, as well as our leader Phillip.

ACT Heritage Council information.

A truly excellently planned and executed walk – a delightful cameo. Phillip put on this trip yesterday and again today, bringing visual enjoyment to around 30 CBC walkers. Other clubs and groups have done the walk too, as well as the large number of individuals and small groups there today. No signs of it being loved to death, just quiet enjoyment by many. I’ve never seen the floral display so lovely.

With the many deciduous trees, it’s a great Autumn trip too. Keep an eye out for Phillip’s return walk in that season.

Shortest and easiest insert from a car park off Mountain Creek Road. Dowling towered gracefully above us.

Mt Dowling from just after the start

Not that the direct route was used. After a bit of a gentle puff up the fire trail, we left it for a great approach up a spur.

Turning onto the Dowling SW spur

A quick stop at Dowling trig.

Happy chappies and lassies at Dowling trig

A few steps to the south gave excellent open views.

View SW to the Tidbinbilla ridge, 330kV power line easement and Blue Ridge

Our next stop was another example of this well planned walk. A view down to the open area of the Sherwood site.

Phillip points out the features of the Sherwood site

We ignored the hideous, but necessary, power lines.

Plenty of pine trees about. See the shaken pollen fly.

Pine pollen

Again, careful route selection took us above the blackberries in Uriarra Creek to Uriarra weir.

Uriarra weir

Phillip kindly invited me to share the stories about the Brindabella weirs.

As I said, plenty of pollen about.

Pine pollen in Uriarra Creek

We crossed the creek and reached the Sherwood site via a blackberry free approach.

I was really taken by the blooms, as were many others already sitting quietly about.

Sherwood daffodils

The signage gave us the story.

Sherwood signage

Heaps of daffodils …

Sherwood daffodils

… jonquils …

Sherwood jonquils

… and snowflakes.

Sherwood snowflakes

Even tiny violets.

Sherwood violets

A delightful area.

Sherwood daffodils and historic site

We wandered up Ropers Hill to the Phillips’ graves, plaque and replacement (Phillip says the third) oak tree.

Phillips’ graves and new oak tree on Roper Hill

The plaque says:

This plaque was erected on
2 November 2000 by descendants in
memory of
27.4.1823 – 28.1.1913
23.7.1838 – 14.12.1922
and their infant son HENRY (1878)
who lie buried here at ‘Sherwood’

Here’s what the original oak tree looked like in 2001.

Oak tree and plaque opposite Sherwood, 29 April 2001

Burnt in 2003, here it is in 2019.

A new oak tree has been planted at the grave site near Sherwood

Our exit was first north on a fire trail beside dark pine forest.

Walking the edge of the dark pine forest

Then, yet another well planned route,  off-track east along the northern edge of the pine forest. Through a pig rooted area and then lots of gentle undulations.

Pig rooting

South across SH747 past a nicely shaped wattle.

Shapely wattle

Just touched our inward fire trail, then a final off-track leg down to the cars. Still plenty of water about.

Crossing another drainage line

Anyone know what the pile of rubble, including reinforced concrete, is near the start?

Concrete heap

Thanks to Senior Ranger Darren, a cuppla days later:

“Hey John. That pile is just a pile of stuff we dumped there in the early 90’s. I’m not sure where it came from though, I suspect it was a building somewhere and the roads crew wanted to use it in the road surface.  I watch it as there is a good suite of reptiles, and weeds, (and no rabbits now),  that live in it so we are reluctant to clean it up.”

Track Map

Here’s where we went.

Track Dowling trig and Sherwood Daffodils

The AllTrails track map is here, where you can pan and zoom.


14 of us. Phillip S leader.