This is a connection of two walks, rather than a designated walk, within Namadgi National Park that provides access to four alpine huts (i.e. three huts and one hut ruin)
Tharwa is approximately 50 km from this trailhead and Adaminaby, NSW is about 40 km in the opposite direction
Old Boboyan Homestead car park
Trailhead car park on the Old Boboyan Road
Brayshaw’s Homestead car park on Old Boboyan
This walk in southern Namadgi National Park is unique for Australian Hiker given that it isn’t listed as a designated walk but instead is a combination of two walks we discovered by accident while doing the Grassy Creek Walk. By connecting the Old Boboyan Homestead Walk with the Settlers Track Walk you end up with what we have named the Four Huts Walk. This walk provides access to four huts:
This walk is a bit of a drive from central Canberra being around 70 km from the GPO and around 50 km from Tharwa or for that matter about the same distance if you are coming from Adaminaby, NSW in the other direction. Head down the centre of the park on Boboyan Road and keep an eye out for the Mount Clear Campground on the left hand side of the road. The turnoff to the trailhead is at Old Boboyan Road which is on the right side and around 500 metres past Mount Clear. Once you turn off onto Old Boboyan Road, you have about a 700 metre drive to the trailhead car park which is located at a locked gate. This walk is almost all on management road with the exception of the last section of the walk between Westerman’s Hut and Brayshaw’s Hut which is on grassy trail.
This walk is best done as a one way walk starting at the Old Boboyan Homestead Walk car park and finishing at the Brayshaw’s Hut car park. Doing it this way you need someone with a second car to do a car shuffle. Alternatively you can walk from the Brayshaw’s car park back to your starting destination which will add about 2-2.5 km of road walking. Unless you know this area of the park well, we would suggest you stop into the Namadgi visitor centre and pick up a park map which will make your journey much easier.
Starting at the northern trailhead, you’ll find a trail register about 300 metres – be sure to note when you sign that you are doing this walk in a one way direction.
The walk to the homestead ruin site is around 2.4 km. Usually in this area of Namadgi National Park you will see wallabies due to the dense trees but in this case with the open grass areas, there are lots of kangaroos as well. The walk is flat-ish to sightly uphill all the way to the old homestead ruin but not enough to be strenuous. The first indication you have reached the old homestead is the very obvious and visible old chimney. If by some chance you aren’t paying attention, you know you have arrived when the road turns to the right by almost 90º. You can easily spend around 45 minutes wandering around this site and its worthwhile walking up the hill to the rear of the homestead until you reach the fence line as there are all sorts of little hidden gems such as the old rubbish dump (better than it sounds), the old orchard, and apparently an old grave site although we haven’t been able to locate it despite a few visits.
From the Old Boboyan homestead you continue on the road and your next decision point becomes the creek you would cross if you were heading towards the Yankee Hat car park so make sure you stay on this side of the creek. It’s at this stage you have the main decision of the walk. Pay really close attention here and follow the signs to ‘Bulls Creek’. If you feel like you are almost doubling back on yourself you are on the right road. This is where the map comes in handy. The trail continues on as management road until you come to your second decision point and at this stage you are looking for the ‘Waterhhole FT’ sign. From here the trail is very easy to follow.
The first half of the walk is through a rural landscape but the second is mainly bushland interspersed with some rural land and the huts.
Your second hut destination is Waterhole Hut which is the most rustic of the huts on this walk containing a a dirt floor. We had visited this hut before and the thing we noticed this time was there had been a fire break graded around the hut as protection form the Black Summer fires. Thankfully the fires didn’t reach this section of the park but that was probably by sheer luck more than anything else.
One thing to note at Waterhole Hut is your are taking the track to Westerman’s Hut and while it is marked it’s not clear. We came across another couple who were backtracking having started to head back the way they came before they realised their error. The walk to Westerman’s Hut is mainly through bushland with the occasional open grassland area. You head through one last section of forest before the road starts to head downhill and opens up to Westerman’s Hut. This hut has a toilet facility not far from the hut if you need. The hut istelf is a good example of old rural life containing an old cemetery plot and a sheep dip. The hut is the most ‘luxurious’ on the walk and its really obvious that this was a homestead rather than a hut.
From here you walk on a grassy track to Brayshaw’s Hut (where there are also with toilet facilities). Brayshaw’s Hut is your end point and on the day we did this walk the car park was choc-a-block and there were people everywhere.
The vegetation varies on this walk and includes old rural farmland and forest much of the southern end of Namadgi National Park has a feeling of remoteness. Wildlife is pretty consistent and includes wallabies, kangaroos and good birdlife.
One thing to note is that while there are no serious water crossings you can expect to get wet feet in a couple of areas if there has been heavy rain so it’s probably worth bringing a small towel and some extra socks just to keep your feet dry.
This walk is on the longer side for most people but it’s well worth doing if you have the opportunity. Because of it’s location and altitude if you are doing this walk during winter, pay close attention to the weather forecast and come prepared for quick drops in temperature and snow on both the road as well as the trail.
This access gate is stuck closed so access to the trail is through the gap at the main gate
Trail register about 300 metres into the walk on the right hand side of the road. Make sure you note you are doing a one way trip
Big male wallaby on the side of the trail
Trail example. The walk is on the Old Boboyan Road which has now become a management road
Forest on the side of the road
Usually at this end of the park the trees are too dense for kangaroos but with the old farmland in this area there were lots of kangaroos about
Homestead visible in the distance
Approaching the Old Boboyan Homestead
Old Boboyan Homestead ruins
I think the chimney could be bigger
These daffodils have survived for a 100 years which surprised me
Looking down to the orchard at the Old Boboyan homestead
View down into the valley from the homestead
Old tin can dump
Old foundations – by the location this looks like the path to the outhouse
Eucalyptus foliage with new silvery growth
Snow and kangaroos. The snow on the distant mountains is almost gone
Turn left before the creek
Veer left at the Bulls Flat sign, see below
Follow the sign to Bulls Flat
Feet sticking out of mums pouch. This can’t be a comfortable position
Veer left again
Follow the sign to Waterholes
Another trail example
Catching up with Gill who started at the other end of the trail
Tree clearing on the fire trail
Creek crossing near Waterholes Hut
Trail signage example
Follow the signage to Westerman’s. This post is at the rear of the Waterholes Hut on the road and isn’t obvious if you haven’t walked this way before
Approaching Westerman’s Hut
Toilet at Westerman’s
Sheep dip at Westerman’s
Westerman’s Hut – very definitely a ‘homestead’
Cemetery at the rear of Westerman’s Hut
Heading to Brayshaw’s Hut
Brayshaw’s external image
Heading back to the car park at Brayshaw’s
Information kiosk at Brayshaw’s
Brayshaw’s car park
This video contains a series of images taken through the entire walk and shows you what to expect
Google map showing the distance from Tharwa Bridge to the trailhead on the Old Boboyan road car park
The whole trip from the Tharwa Bridge is just on 50 km.
Yankee Hat turnoff. Keep to the left and head towards Adaminaby
End of the bitumen road. The dirt road from here on is usually in good condition. Check that this road is open with the Namadgi National Park visitor centre if doing the walk in winter as there may be heavy snow on the road
Road warning sign. You’ve been warned!
Hospital Hill lookout car park
Hospital Hill lookout. Stopping here is worth the trip itself
Hospital Hill lookout signage
Tim and Gill at Hospital Hill lookout. The views from here are well worth the stop; and yes its cold
Turn off Boboyan Road to Old Boboyan Road. The trail head is about 700 metres down the road
Map of 4 Huts Walk. The green trail in this image is the walk. You can purchase the full Namadgi map at the Park information centre
This walk was undertaken by the team from Australian Hiker