Walking the gully

Saturday 12 March: Rob Roy – M/R. A walk in the Canberra Nature Park on the outskirts of Canberra’s southern suburbs. We start off along a nice gorge that has some delightful waterfalls (providing it has rained). Shortly after leaving the gorge there will short steep climb through scrub up to the top of Rob Roy. May be home in time for lunch but bring something to eat just in case. Distance about 12 km and 450 metres of climbing. Map: Tuggeranong. Leader: Roger E. Transport: Drive yourself to start. Limit: 8.

6 of us met in the access lane car park off Orange Thorn Crescent Banks.


Distance: 11.5km | Climb: 585m | Time: 7.50am-12.10pm (4hrs 20mins), including 20 mins of breaks + a 2omin geocache | Grading: M/R; M(11)


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Track Notes

This was a very well planned walk. On a 31ºC forecast day with possible afternoon thunderstorms, Roger had us walking in the shade in the gully, dappled shade along the fire trail to Rob Roy and only a little open and sunny going on the return. And it was all over before the real heat of the day.

In addition, this gully is the headwaters of an urban watercourse which runs into Point Hut Pond just south of my new home (we have a little concreted creek outside our back fence which rises under Callaghan Hill and roars with white water 10 minutes after it starts raining in the area).

A terrific ramble up the gully – sadly dry even after yesterday’s rain – to join a fire trail. This then took us to Rob Roy. Had morning tea there and Peter W and walkers arrived.

A return on fire trail to the south-east to near Telephone Gully, then north-west back to the start.

A short drive round to the SE corner of Banks and a few hundred metre walk to find and log GC635HW I Am Number One.

Thanks Roger! Might be scope for a Tuesday walk in this area.

Track Maps

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6 walkers – Roger E (leader), Rosemarie E, Gavin F, Beverly O’S, Rowan P, me.