A cascade on Snowy Flat Creek | photo Barry K

Tuesday 15 November: Forests of Snowy Flat Creek, Namadgi National Park – L/R/X. From Corin Dam we follow the Stockyard Spur walking track for 4.5 kilometres then spend most of the day off-track in the steep catchment of Snowy Flats Creek, before rejoining the walking track. We will visit some attractive tall forests of Alpine Ash and a prominent granite outcrop. The off-track section will be slow going, with some steep and rocky scrambles and sections of thick scrub. Minimum distance:  15 km with  1050 metres of ascent.  Map: Corin Dam. Leader: Ian W. Transport: 102 km return. Limit: 8.

7 of us met.

Further Information

Previous trips up Snowy Flat Creek on 11 Dec 12 and 21 Apr 09.


Distance: 14.5km | Climb: 1160m | Time: 8.00am – 4.25pm (8hrs 25mins), including 45 mins of breaks | Grading: L/R; H(13)


Camera? Check. Battery  😳 . Many thanks to my walking companions Barry K, Terrylea R, Barrie R and Ian W for the nod to include their photos with my meagre iPhone shots. I have acknowledged their great shots.  Photographs are available, where you can start a large sized slideshow.

Waypoint and Track Files

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Track Notes

Ian the granite hunter at his best! A great trip across the flanks of the Brindabellas above Corin Dam.

I’ve decided to use the Stockyard Spur track to the helipad as a measure of my aging. Ian let me have my head and I managed the 2.2km in 53mins. 10 days ago on 5 Nov 16 it was 55mins. We’ll see how the time lengthens as the years progress!

After a quick morning tea #1 at the helipad we continued along the Stockyard Spur vehicle track up over SH1532, down through the saddle and up again to SH1615. Here 6 of us went bush, with one continuing on to Mt Gingera.

Very pleasant snow gum woodland with snow grass underneath. Fallen timber kept us weaving and ducking and high stepping. Morning tea #2 about half way to Snowy Flat Creek.

Picked up water at Snowy Flat Creek, then began the 200 vertical metre climb to the map-marked red asterisk (indicating significant boulders/tors) that Ian had picked out for our enjoyment. A steep climb. This is a tor-ed area that is prominent from the Graeme Barrow named ‘Stockyard Spur Grandstand’, a granite outcrop on the side of the vehicle track at the 1680+m knoll. Today, our view to the south-east was even better.

Ian’s next planned route took us on a scrubby A-shaped push to lunch on the second granite outcrop, then to near a third fractured granite feature.

From here it was a slow (1hr 10mins for 1.1km) 280 vertical metre descent back to cross Snowy Flat Creek at a lovely cascade. Barry took a great snap which I’ve used above. Picked up more water.

Another up and then down through a feeder creek system and, at last, the promised Alpine Ash forest. Awesome! Another nearly 180 vertical metre climb saw us puffing back up to SH1532 and rejoining the vehicle track.

Down at the helipad we reunited with our Mt Gingera companion and made our weary way back down to the cars.

Huge trip, great views, too much exercise, great friends. Thanks Ian.

Track Maps

Track overview

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7 walkers – Eric G, Barry K, Trevor L, Terrylea R, Barrie R, Ian W (leader), me.