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Namadgi National Park

Learn local Aboriginal history

See campsites with vestiges of stone and animal bone left by the Ngunnawal people during the last Ice Age. Then visit ancient quarry sites where Aborigines obtained stone for their tools. The Yankee Hat Walking Track leads you through grasslands dotted with kangaroos to Yankee Hat Shelter where you’ll be amazed by the existing Aboriginal rock art. In this area Ngunnawal people harvested nut-flavoured Bogong moths, a bush tucker superfood that brought families from different Aboriginal nations together. They would roast the moths on hot rocks and enjoy a communal feast.

Adventure in the great outdoors

Follow the Yerrabi Walking Track which offers impressive views of the surrounding rugged wilderness. Explore forests of snow gum and alpine ash on the Square Rock walking track, or join a Namadgi ranger for a guided exploration of the constantly changing scenery (available on weekends, public holidays and during Australian Capital Territory school holidays). Climb or abseil the granite rock outcrops with K7 Adventures or Canberra Adventure Company, or take a picnic and sit quietly – you are likely to see emus and kangaroos in the area's valleys and slopes. 

Discover stories of graziers, fossickers and outer space 

Australia's first pastoralists grazed sheep and cattle here, and you can trace their history by looking out for fences, yards, huts and homesteads dating back to 1830. The Kiandra gold trail was formed in the 1860s as new arrivals sought their fortune. Visit the sites of the first place on Earth to receive images of Neil Armstrong walking on the moon in 1969 – the space tracking stations at Orroral Valley and Honeysuckle Creek. There’s a heritage walking track between the two that makes for a pleasant walk. 

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