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Sunday 19 June: Farrer Ridge and Wanniassa Hills. We will walk along Farrer Ridge then through Wanniassa Hills to Fadden From there we will follow a section of the Centenary trail to Long Gully road and then a horse trail to Farrer Ridge Reserve. A different route across Farrer Ridge takes us back to our vehicles. About 12 km and accumulated ascent/descent of 430m. We will be home in time for lunch.
Distance: 12.0km | Climb: 391m | Time: 3hrs 45mins with 15mins of stops | Grading: M/E; M(8).
The gpx file is available here.
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For this trip’s gpx file, you’ll get – all for no cost:
For long time blog readers you’ll know that I can be a little pedantic. I have walked in these areas before, as in:
Today was a lovely day, weather-wise, once the sun crept up over Mt Wanniassa. Our start was in the shade beside Sulwood Drive and a little frosty to begin. A popular area, as there was a Canberra Walking and Other Adventures Meetup group starting from the Athllon Drive PCS Depot at 9am.
We wended our way via tracks to Farrer Hill. Although it hasn’t rained for a week, the ground is still quite sodden. A bit of a puff up the access track from the NW to nice views.
The track descended to the E then S and SW to the underpass at Erindale Drive.
From there it was management tracks and another puff up the SW spur of Mt Wanniassa to the trig.
Panoramic views over suburbs to the nearby hills.
We followed the track down the NE spur with bike riders powering up the track. Lost property at the track junction.
The junction includes the northern end of the Karralika FT, a track that ends up in the south at MacArthur Hill.
We followed it S, cut a corner, then paused for morning tea just up off the track on its E side.
Next, across the N edge of MacArthur, our passing stirring up backyard dogs to bark. Then, via a temporary detour in the Canberra Centenary Trail, down to the open horse paddocks and ugly (but necessary) transmission lines.
North to the edge of Long Gully Road, paralleled it for a bit, then under.
The N edge of Long Gully Road is a little nicer, damper with frogs croaking in the drainage line. A short incursion into the Isaacs Ridge NR.
As with a good deal of this morning’s track, shared with other users.
Under Yamba Drive and we were back in our first Nature Reserve.
Returning to the start, we followed some nice bush tracks across the S flank of Farrer Hill.
You’ll find the track in AllTrails here, where you can pan and zoom.
10 walkers, Phillip S leader.