Photo: Mountain Biking in Stromlo Forest Park, Australian Capital Territory - Photo: Paul Foley
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At the northern end of the Australian Alps, the beautiful Namadgi National Park has colourful birdlife, numerous picnic areas and fishing spots.
The park has enjoyable walks with alpine scenery as well as rugged hiking trails to try. Very interesting Ranger guided walks are available.
The scenery is diverse. At times, with only short distances between them, the plants and native wildlife change dramatically. The landscapes include woodlands covered mountains, rivers and valleys.
The park covers much of the Australian Capital Territory with some 106,095 hectares and has Mt Bimberi, the highest peak at 1911 metres. The wilderness surrounding Mt Bimberi is rugged, covered by low woodlands.
There are picnic areas, camping facilities (you will need to book) you can go mountain biking, rock climbing and even abseiling off the granite rock outcrops found in the park. Note: The weather can change quickly, take along clothing for all conditions.
The winter can see snow, particularly in the Binberi and Brindabella mountain ranges.
Evidence of ancient Aboriginal habitation and heritage remains in the park. The land and the natural habitat in these places have spiritual significance that is still strong today. Please respect the national parks in Australia when you visit, the traditional owners of the land participate in the management of the parks.
There is plenty of park information available at the Namadgi Visitors Centre. You can also visit the Australian Alps National Parks:
Namadgi National Park Visitor Centre
Tharwa ACT 2620
Phone (02) 6207 2900
Canberra Connect: 13 22 81
Australian Alps National Parks website:www.australianalps.environment.gov.au.
More than five thousand acres of grasslands, forests, streams, hills and mountains. Here you can see Emus and other native wildlife in the wild. Kangaroos, Platypuses, Koalas and a whole host of birdlife live and thrive here.
There are walks as well as night tours available. Phone +(02) 6205 1233 for more information.
There are numerous parks and gardens within the city of Canberra as well.
Canberra Nature Park are areas within the urban area of the city. Other parks include Weston Park and Stirling Park, the Australian National Botanic Gardens and the Jerrabomberra Wetlands, all important in protecting the natural parts of the city. These many parks and Lake Burley Griffin make Canberra the special place it is.
Other nearby reserves include the Pierces Creek State Forest and the Stony Creek Nature Reserve.
Located in the Snowy Mountains just to the west of the ACT, this park has the highest mountains in Australia. In winter, there are snowfields and ski resorts that cater for skiing, snowboarding and just about everything else to do with snow, while the rest of the year you can enjoy the alpine splendour. The highest parts of the park can be explored only during the warmer months, but there are plenty of walks and exploring to do anytime of the year. See more about the Alpine Snowfields of NSW.
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