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Namadgi National Park and Visitors Centre

Note: Namadgi Visitor Centre has reopened, including sections of Namadgi National Park and Tidbinbilla.

Explore Namadgi National Park to learn about its Aboriginal heritage. Enjoy fantastic birdlife, picnic and camping spots, and scenic bushwalks. If you’re going to be hiking in remote areas, rent a Personal Locator Beacon from the Namadgi National Park.

Take ranger-led walks or explore the rugged Bimberi wilderness. Horseback riding and mountain biking are only permitted on designated fire trails. Ask at the Namadgi National Park about campgrounds in pleasant bushland settings.

Take a stroll through a mature conifer and deciduous forest on the Bendora Arboretum heritage trail, which provides insight into the historical and natural value of the region’s last high altitude arboretum. The Bendora Arboretum, located on Mount Franklin Road, five kilometers from Bulls Head, is now home to some of the best examples of mature conifer trees seen anywhere in the world.

Namadgi National Park is located 45 minutes from Canberra in the northern end of the Australian Alps.

Namadgi National Park is located in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) and borders Kosciuszko National Park in New South Wales. It is located about 40 kilometers (25 miles) southwest of Canberra and accounts for roughly 46 percent of the ACT’s land area.

The park was established in 1984 and is on the Australian National Heritage List. It was devastated by the 2019–20 Australian bushfire season, with approximately 80% of its vegetation destroyed.

Namadgi National Park Custodianship and Aboriginal history

The mountains to the south-west of Canberra are known as Namadgi by the local Aboriginals. The area has been inhabited by Aboriginal people for at least 21,000 years. [3] Cultural deposits have radiocarbon dates ranging from 9000–6000 years. [4] The national park contains a number of Aboriginal sites, including rock paintings from at least 800 years ago at Yankee Hat. [5] The area is culturally significant to Aboriginal Australian peoples of the Australian Alps region, particularly the Nyamudy/ Namadgi people, who lived in the ACT region before European settlers arrived, and the national park’s management plan is implemented with their input. [Citation required]

Representatives of the Ngambri communities signed an agreement with the ACT government in April 2001 that recognized their traditional association with the national park lands, as well as their role and duty to their ancestors and descendants as custodians of the area, and established a system of cooperative management.

Following European settlement

The region has a European history that dates back to the 1830s, when settlers moved in and cleared the valleys for farming. Mountains and ridges are still forested.

The Namadgi National Park was established in 1984.

Namadgi National Park is located approximately 40 kilometers (25 miles) southwest of Canberra and accounts for approximately 46 percent of the land area of the ACT. The Visitor Centre is located on the Boboyan-Naas Road, 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) south of Tharwa.

The park’s water catchment area provides approximately 85 percent of the water for Canberra, the nation’s capital city.

The park is designated as an IUCN Category II protected area.

Fauna and Flora

The national park protects a portion of the Australian Alps’ northern end. It lives in a variety of habitats, including grassy plains, snow gum forests, alpine meadows, and wetlands.

The fauna is diverse, with common sightings of eastern grey kangaroos, wallabies, wombats, magpies, rosellas, and ravens.

The park contains sedge fens and sphagnum moss bogs, which provide habitat for the endangered northern corroboree frog (Pseudophryne pengilleyi).

In 2018, a single specimen of a new species of spider wasp in the genus Epipompilus was discovered in the park and identified in 2020.

Epipompilus namadji is the scientific name for this species. As of 2021, teams from the Australian National Insect Collection at the CSIRO are still looking for more wasps, despite the fact that the bushfire has destroyed 80 percent of the park since the sighting.

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