The early years of the Federal capital laid the foundations for Canberra as the seat of government. By 1927 the Parliament was built, as well as the first accommodations for parliamentarians and public servants. But before those things could be started, the vital civic infrastructure of roads and transport, water supply, sewerage and electricity had to be created. All of that was done by a community of workers, tradesmen and miners whose families lived in camps and settlements near to the building sites. This walk will centre on the large community of Westlake, located in the Guru Bung Dhaura as the Ngunnawal people knew it. We will visit the ghostly traces of the village and conjure up some of its personalities, as well as appreciate the woodland, vegetation, and Aboriginal heritage of the Guru Bung Dhaura.
Be prepared for a 3-3.5 km walk over undulating ground and some easy tracks up through stony and wooded country. Please wear sturdy boots or shoes, and bring a water bottle.
Walk Leaders: Tony Maple and John Fitzgerald (Friends of Grasslands).
Meeting place: At the junction of Empire Circuit and Forster Crescent, Yarralumla
Bookings essential: https://westlake-and-the-guru-bung-dhaura.eventbrite.com.au
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.
Note: For the comfort and safety of other walkers, we do not allow dogs on our walks.