Last updated 18Jun15
I really had no idea where to wander when I first started. But there are some wonderful resources available which soon gave me oodles of ideas.
Near Canberra and in Namadgi National Park
Exploring Namadgi & Tidbinbilla: Day walks in Canberra’s high country by Graeme Barrow, Dagraja Press Canberra 1987
30 Family Bushwalks in and around Canberra (4th edn) by Graeme Barrow, Dagraja Press Canberra 2002
Namadgi & Tidbinbilla Classics: Tough Bushwalks in Canberra’s High Country by Graeme Barrow, Dagraja Press Canberra 2000
ACT Granite (Second Edn) Australian National University Mountaineering Club John Churchill and Mike Peck (eds) 1997
Twelve historic sites in the Glenburn and Burbong areas of the Kowan Forest, Australian Capital Territory by Colin McAlister, National Parks Association of the ACT Inc Canberra 2007. Now available at no cost via download from here
Canberra Bushwalks by Kim Morgan, Kangaroo Press Canberra 1989 (available for loan from the ACT Heritage Library at Woden)
Beyond the Cotter by Allan J Mortlock and Klaus Hueneke, ANU Press Canberra 1979 (available for loan from the ACT Heritage Library at Woden)
Walking Canberra’s Hills and Rivers by Graeme Barrow, Dagraja Press Canberra 1989
Eyes or No Eyes A Tribute to Nancy T Burbidge, National Parks Association of the ACT, 2010
Exploring Tidbinbilla on foot: Twenty bushwalks in Canberra’s resurrected nature reserve by Graeme Barrow, Dagraja Press Canberra 2009.
In January 2011 Barbara M directed my to some books written by Ian Fraser and Margaret McJannett. I contacted Margaret McJ and she very kindly loaned me the volumes. Over the following weeks I was able to purchase my own copies:
Wildflowers of the Bush Capital – A Field Guide to Canberra Nature Park by Ian Fraser and Margeret McJannett, Vertego Press Canberra 1993 (ISBN: 0 646 15711 6)
Wildflowers of the Snow Country – A Field Guide to The Australian Alps by Ian Fraser and Margeret McJannett, Vertego Press Canberra 1998 (ISBN: 0 646 35260 1)
Over the hills and Tharwa way – Eastern Namadgi National Park – A driver’s and walker’s guide by Ian Fraser and Margeret McJannett, Canberra & South-East Region Environment Centre 1994 (ISBN: 646 19029 6)
Above the Cotter – A driver’s and walker’s guide to the North Brindabellas by Ian Fraser and Margeret McJannett, Canberra & South-East Region Environment Centre, 2nd edn 1992 (ISBN: 0 646 04309 9)
Huts and Homesteads of Namadgi National Park – Australian Capital Territory by Pauline Downing, reprinted 2008
Exploring Namadgi on foot: 40 Bushwalks in Canberra’s National Park by Graeme Barrow, Dagraja Press Canberra 2010 (ISBN: 9780977532841)
Brindabella Heritage Ian Fraser and Margaret McJannett eds, Canberra & South-East Region Environment Centre, 1994 (ISBN: 0 9595572 4 5)
It’s worth a visit to your local ACT Parks and Conservation Service depot or a look through www.tams.act.gov.au to pick up/tap into the huge range of brochures available which describe our natural environment and available walks. Many are linked to from this blog. An example is – A guide to eucalypts in the ACT
Have a look at the Canberra Bushwalking Club . Join the club! It’s the best!
Check out the Brindabella Bushwalking Club (formerly Family Bushwalkers Incorporated). Join the club!
Check out the National Parks Association of the ACT . Join the club!
Some walk descriptions by Murray Dow, which were published in the Canberra Times in 1992 and greatly contributed to my interest in bushwalking around Canberra.
Some local walks by the ANUMC in their EPIC magazine
ACT Government Namadgi Guide – includes a map and 25 listed track walks.
A little further afield
Whites River Hut and Whites River Camp A History by Chris Moger, 2012.
The Hume & Hovell Walking Track Guidebook by Harry Hill, Crawford House Press Bathurst 1993
Historic Huts and Homesteads of Kosciuszko National Park by Pauline Downing, 2010 (ISBN 9781876409791)
Discovering Kosciuszko National Park – A Pictorial Journey by Harry Hill, Wilkie Watson Publications Tumut 2012 (ISBN 978-0-9870592-1-5 (pbk))
Take a Walk in Southern New South Wales & the ACT by John & Lyn Daly, Take a Walk Publications Brisbane 2012 (ISBN 9780957793194).
The Overland Track A Walkers Notebook by Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service, 1996
Cradle Mountain Lake St Clair and Walls of Jerusalem National Parks by John Chapman and John Siseman, John Chapman and Pindari Publications Victoria 1998
South West Tasmania by John Chapman, 3rd edn, John Chapman 1990.
Books on Plants
Photographic Guide to Native Plants of the Australian Capital Territory by Meredith Cosgrove, Meadow Argus 2014 ISBN9780994183408
Wild Plant Foods of Australia by Tim Lowe, HarperCollinsPublishers, 1991 ISBN 0 207 16930 6
Ngunnawal Plant Use – a traditional Aboriginal plant use guide for the ACT region ACT Government Canberra, 2014 ISBN 978-1-921117-15-2