Today was the most beautiful weather for a walk in Namadgi National Park with the Brindabella and Canberra Bushwalking Clubs' Wednesday walk. After the recent rain it was green and lush with lots of new growth.
We left Kambah at 8am, drove for an hour to Mt Clear campground.
Mt Clear is at the southern section of the Park.
There are several walking loops in the area.
Mt Clear campground.
Gums with gorgeous coloured trunks after the recent rain.
Bush tracks, minor roads, fire trails and some minor off track walking today.
We walked on the Long Flat Fire Trail, up to Burnt Hill (400m) and down,
before heading on to the Settlers Trail.
Some exposed sections on previously pastured land. The
road leads to Westermans Homestead.
Over the hill and our first view of Westermans hut or homestead.
This was built in 1916.
Some of the family history, including details of family graves nearby.
This was the third hut built by the Westermans on this site.
The stone chimneys were constructed by Thomas Westerman
who was a stonemason. It was lived in until 1946.
Kosciusko Huts Association have brought the hut back to its
former glory, showing the building techniques used.
Perfect setting for lunch.
Leaving Westermans Homestead walking towards the river.
Large mushrooms of various species on this stretch - both
edible and poisonous.
Small picturesque bridge.
Crossing the bridge and then walking up a shaded bush path.
Walking towards Brayshaws Homestead.
A smaller structure than the Westermans home, built in 1903. It housed
several families until 1951.
We crossed the Boboyan Road where there were scant remains of the
Tin Dish Subsidised school. Built in 1908 to educate 7 local children.
Six children was the minimum number to establish a school. It only
operated for a few years.
Then we walked along the Boboyan Road to the Mt Clear campground.
Driving back to Canberra there was a 60cm goanna crossing the main road.
A highly recommended walk.
Thanks to Harry, Chim and Maude for these photos today.