Meet: At the free car park for Yarralumla dog park, junction of Banks Street and Brown Street, Yarralumla, for car pooling to Government House Lookout car park on Lady Denman Drive. Please arrive by 9.15 am to facilitate check in and car pooling. From there we will drive via Lady Denman Drive, Cotter Road and Dunrossil Drive to park near the entrance to Government House. From there we will walk along the cycle path back to the start point at Yarralumla dog park, then retrieve the cars from Dunrossil Drive.
Visit the site of one of Canberra’s first pastoral settlements dating from 1828. Discover its transformation into one of Australia’s most prosperous sheep stations before it was resumed by the Commonwealth in 1913, eventually becoming Government House. Follow the scenic shores of Lake Burley Griffin through the edge of Weston’s major arboretum to heritage listed Yarralumla Nursery (1915 birthplace of our City of Trees) and Hobday’s Cottage (1923). Charles Weston and John Hobday’s successor, Chris Ware, will guide us through the Nursery’s history and heritage.
Note that this walk does not include access to Government House or its grounds, views only.
Length and terrain: 2kms, flat terrain, mainly sealed paths. You should be able to walk at least 3 km/hr to enjoy this walk and keep up with the group.
Bad weather: the walk leader will be at the start of the walk where a decision will be made to proceed or postpone.
Walk Leader: Trevor Lipscombe who is a life member of National Trust (ACT) with a long stranding interest in Canberra’s history and heritage.