After car pooling at our meeting point we’ll drive to ACT Heritage listed Elm Grove, a fine example of a pastoral property that demonstrates the way of life of immigrant graziers who settled in the Canberra area from 1840. In recent years the paddocks, where sheep grazed for 150 years, have sprouted new suburbs of Gungahlin and an entirely different lifestyle. Our walk, through private land, takes us back in time past Elm Grove Homestead and its outbuildings, parts of which date from 1882. We then begin the 150m ascent to Oak Hill on the northern ACT/NSW border for a panoramic view much changed in recent years. Here we’ll see evidence of the early surveyors who marked the border more than a century ago, heralding massive changes to properties like Elm Grove. After following the border fence and the Canberra Centenary Trail, we’ll descend through Mulligans Flat Nature Reserve, habitat of the endangered sun moth, to our meeting point. Walk Leaders: Trevor Lipscombe, Linda Roberts and Tony Maple
This is a walk of about 3.5 kms with an ascent of 150m on dirt tracks. The ascent and descent are, in parts, stony and steep. You’ll need to be properly shod, sure of foot, and have a reasonable degree of walking fitness to keep up with the group and safely enjoy this walk. Because of the car shuffle we have programmed this walk for 9.30 to 12 noon. Note that there are no formal toilets en route.
Meeting Point: From Horse Park Drive follow Mulligans Flat Road, Bonner, for about 2 kms. About 400m after the fourth roundabout (Henry Williams Street junction) there is a car park on your left at the beginning of the Mulligans Flat Nature Reserve. Allow about 30 minutes from the centre of Canberra.
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://north-mulligans-walk.eventbrite.com.au
Note: For the comfort and safety of other walkers, we do not allow dogs on our walks.