This walk in the shadow of Black Mountain takes us through Aranda Bushland Nature Reserve and several layers of ACT history. The Reserve protects a grassland remnant, a now much diminished ecosystem in the ACT and beyond. We will visit a stand of snow gums far from their usual high country habitat, but still in a frost hollow, as well as endangered box-gum woodland with magnificent old trees. Traces of Aboriginal use of the area are evident, as are old fence posts and other relics of the European pastoral era. These include a surviving byway, Finnerans Road, which led to holdings occupied mainly by members of the Shumack family. We’ll explore strange earthworks and discover their more recent purpose. Led by John Fitzgerald, Friends of ACT Grasslands, and some of the Friends of Aranda Bushland whose knowledge of this area extends well beyond natural heritage.
About 3 kms of walking with gradual slopes in the early stages. Dirt tracks and some off track explorations, so wear suitable shoes, especially after rain.
Meeting point: Entrance to Aranda Bushland Nature Reserve off William Hovell Drive. Detailed directions will be provided in the confirmation email when you book and in the reminder email before the event.
Bad weather: Unless otherwise advised by email, the leader will be at the meeting point where a decision will be made as to whether to proceed or postpone.
Bookings essential: https://aranda-bushland-walk.eventbrite.com.au
Note: For the comfort and safety of other walkers, we do not allow dogs on our walks.