• Distance 12.3km
  • Altitude max 1089m
  • Altitude min 886m
  • Duration 3 hours
  • Trail type Return
Three Stars

Three Stars

Worth Doing

The Australian Hiker Experience Rating is a measure of the overall quality of a walk. It is intended to help you decide whether to walk a trail, not to measure anything objective. Consider this our personal take on the walk.

Grade Three

Grade Three

Suitable for most ages and fitness levels. Some bushwalking experience recommended. Tracks may have short steep hill sections a rough surface and many steps. Walks up to 20km.

The Australian Hiker Difficulty Grading System is based on the australian standard for measuring trail hikes.

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Brandy Flat Hut ACT (12.3 km)

ACT

Nearest Town

The township of Tharwa is approximately 26 km from this trail head. The Canberra GPO in the city centre is 57 km from the trail head

Starting Location

Car park on Brandy Flat Road just south of the Glendale picnic area. The trail head is approximately 150 metres off Boboyan Road at a locked gate. The option exists to start this walk further down Boboyan Road or do this walk as a one-way walk and shuffling cars

Finish Location

Car park on Brandy Flat Road

Brandy Flat Hut Trail Review

The destination for this walk is the Brandy Flat Hut which is the ACT’s best Alpine Hut. While the Brandy Flat Hut has a longer history in its current form, it has been around since 1979 and is one of Canberra’s newer more modern huts. From my perspective while there is nothing unique about the location the hut/natural environment combination just makes this a very pretty little walk.

This walk was one of the last few official walking tracks on my review list in the ACT and while I was aware that it existed, for some reason it was never a high priority. Partly this was because of the distance of the hike being just long enough to take a good 1/2 day walk including travel, partly because of its location at the southern section of Namadgi National Park, and partly because the trail head that we recommend located just south of the Glendale picnic area is a bit hidden. There is an obviously signposted trail head located further south and for many years it just didn’t encourage me to do this walk, lacking in any ‘pizzazz’ for want of a better term.

You have four options to do this walk:

  • Option 1 – start at the southern trail head, walk to the hut, and then return the way you came in. This option will be the shortest option but also the hardest due to the steep hills in that section of the track
  • Option 2 – start at the southern trail head and finish at the northern trail head. This will require a car at each end or someone willing to provide a lift with the hardest part of the walk being the first half. Doing the walk this way provides a greater variety of trail
  • Option 3 – start at the northern trail head near Glendale and walk south into the hut and then continue on to the southern trail head. This will mean that the second half of the walk will be your hardest
  • Option 4 – start and finish at the northern trail head. Not the shortest option but the easiest one and the one that we recommend. See review below

To do this walk you drive past the Glendale picnic area so we recommend you stop and use the toilet on the way past. The turn off to the trail head is about 750 metres further down the road on the left hand side. You will turn off the Boboyan Road onto the Brandy Flat Road with the trail head being located nearby a locked gate around 150 metres off the main road. Park the car and walk back up the way you drove in for about came 50 metres to the signposted walking track on the left hand side of the road (as you came in).

The first 1.5 km of the trail is very well signposted and takes you through open eucalyptus forest before joining the fire trail. From here you follow the fire trail to your destination of Brandy Flat Hut. There is limited signage past the first 1.5 km and I must admit I was thinking that I had missed a turn off as the old track notes you will find online says this walk is a total of 8.5 km. Neither of my two GPSs agreed with this. In fact the walk ended up being a total of 12.3 km in length including my time wandering around the hut.

The trail itself is in good condition and while there are a few up hill sections it’s not an overly difficult walk even for the distance. I came across lots of kangaroos on this trail when I walked in mid winter and at this time the early season wattles had started to flower.

Brandy Flat itself opens out onto a flat section of valley with the hut being very obvious from a few hundred metres out. This is a pretty little hut that is well appointed and has a largish water tank and a pit toilet. Like the other huts in Namadgi National Park it is for day use/emergencies only and you are not supposed to sleep inside except in cases of emergencies. In talking to the local parks staff they would prefer you erect your tent a minimum of 500 metres away to help preserve the heritage values of the hut and the surrounding site.

This walk would make a great overnight trip and while located outside of the road closure zone further down the park, be prepared for snow in late winter if you are going to camp.

I love this lower section of the park and this walk has only confirmed this view.

Trail head signage

The trail is well worn and usually easy to spot. In addition there are plenty of marker posts where needed

Overgrown mesh walkway

Early morning views

Love the colours and the textures during winter

Fire trail example

Lots of kangaroos

Trail example

Coming to Brandy Flat. the hut is just around the corner from here

Approaching Brandy Flat Hut

Brandy Flat Hut front view

Brandy Flat Hut side view

Brandy Flat Hut side and rear view showing the water tank

Fire place inside hut

Heading outside

Toilet facilities at the hut

Signage to southern trail head

Signage back to northern trail head

Heading back to the car park

Back to the walk start

 

 

Like most other huts in the ACT the Brandy Flat Hut is for day use or for emergency use only

Getting There

Google map showing the distance from Tharwa Bridge to the trail head on the Brandy Flat Road

  • From the Tharwa Bridge head done Boboyan Road towards the Glendale picnic area
  • Once you reach the Glendale picnic area, the turn off onto Brandy Flat Road is about 700 metres on the left

 

Turn off onto Brandy Flat Road

Trail head car park for Brandy Flat Hut

Trail head signage located on the left side of the road about 50 metres back towards the main road

Things to Know

  • There is a toilet facility at Glendale which is approximately 1 km from the trail head
  • You need to bring your own water or rely on the water tank at Brandy Flat Hut (bring a water filter)
  • There is good phone coverage on this trail at Brandy Flat Hut but variable on the rest of the trail

Disclaimer

This walk was undertaken by the team from Australian Hiker

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