• Distance 8.6km
  • Altitude max 1339m
  • Altitude min 937m
  • Duration 2.5 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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Granite Tors ACT (8.6 km)

Australian Capital Territory

Starting Location

Orroral Valley Tracking Station (former) carpark

Finish Location

Orroral Valley Tracking Station (former) carpark

Best Time to Travel

Year round

Granite Tors Walk Summary

One of a number of walks that commences from this area and a good way to spend half a day. The track itself is reasonably well maintained and while not very steep, the climb is almost constantly uphill until you come to the summit for a short walk along the hill to reach the lookout. The top and summit of the hill are littered with large granite boulders (or tors) that are common to this area and this is where the walk’s name comes from.

The views from the summit are excellent with the added bonus of being able to view the obsolete astronomy equipment and thus providing an insight as to the importance of this site and others at Orroral Valley and nearby Honeysuckle Creek to the space program.

Walkers with good fitness levels will easily complete this walk in 2.5-3 hours including a rest stop at the top to take some great panoramic photos.

This is one of the most popular walks in the valley and you will usually see other walkers.

Getting There

The former Orroral Valley Tracking Station complex has an excellent carpark from which to base a number of walks in this region. To get to the tracking station drive from Tharwa approximately 30 km from the Tharwa Bridge along the Naas Road to the former Orroral Valley Tracking Station.

From Tharwa travel along Naas Road (this road changes to Boboyan Road) past Apollo Road and turn off onto Orroral Road which is approximately 18 km from Tharwa on the right. Continue on Orroral Road past the campground and the road will finish in the tracking station carpark approximately 10 km from the turnoff. If you arrive early in the morning there are a few heavily shaded carparks that will keep the car cool for the day.

Things to Know

  • The Horse flies are present in the hotter months in this area and are serious about trying to bite you. They will bite through your leather boots, are capable of biting through a merino top, and don’t care one little bit about 80% DEET.  Shorts and short sleeves tops are best avoided unless you want to spend much of the trip battling these flies. They are bigger and nastier during periods of drought
  • There is no water on this trail

This walk is a steady incline and decline with limited flat areas

Ample carpark with plenty of shade

Good quality composting toilets available at the carpark

Bushwalking register at the start of the walk

Picnic and BBQ facilities at the carpark

The trail start

A typical section of the trail

A protective barrier at the summit. There is a good rock shelter to rest on in front of this barrier but be very careful about going anywhere near the edges as there is a steep drop off

There are excellent views over the Orroral Valley

The domed building at the summit was used to house astronomy equipment however this facility ceased operation in 1998 when facilities were moved to Mount Stromlo. See the the image of the plaque below for more details

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