• Distance 11.6km
  • Altitude max 1345m
  • Altitude min 1113m
  • 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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Honeysuckle Creek to Booroomba Rocks ACT (11.6 km)

Australian Capital Territory

Starting Location

The camp ground at the old Honeysuckle Creek Space Tracking Station

Finish Location

The camp ground at the old Honeysuckle Creek Space Tracking Station

Best Time to Travel

Year round although spring has more wildflowers. Note: during periods of rain or in the winter, the views may be impeded by cloud cover.

Honeysuckle Creek To Booroomba Rocks Walk Summary

One of Canberras best known and loved bush walks. This is a popular walk that commences from two seperate locations with this longer walk starting at the old Honeysuckle Creek Space Tracking Station that contributed to the Apollo space program. This starting location is more easily accessible than the Booroomba Rocks carpark.

The walk is well signposted and is easy to navigate with the reward at the top being the best views of the city of Canberra on offer from the Brindabella Ranges. On entering the camp ground carpark take the first road on the right and head towards the BBQ area on the edge of the campground. The trail starts off to the side of the covered BBQ shelter area. In addition to the excellent BBQ facilities and camp ground, there are good toilet facilities available here.

The first four km of trail is relatively easily and meanders through the bush to the Booroomba Rocks carpark. This carpark is the alternate starting point for those wanting a shorter walk, have less time, or have a car with good ground clearance. There is also another toilet facility located here.

From the carpark the trail continues mainly upwards at a steady and sometime steep incline towards the main summit. This main summit area is not the highest point at the peak and while providing great views an additional walk of about 400 metres will take you to to the best viewing area of Canberra. The trail over to the highest point is almost impossible to find unless you know where to look so many people will follow the narrow trails created by the rock climbing fraternity who access the cliff face at various points. While this high point is away from the cliff edge you will need some nimble footwork to access the very top. Caution is needed if using these minor tracks as you can come very close to the edge if you do not pay attention to where you are going. From the highest point of this peak you have uninterrupted views over Canberra which during the warmer months of the year, are spectacular. The return trip back towards the lower summit is relatively easy to find and connects you back to the main trail.

Borooromba Rocks is one of the main rock climbing areas in Canberra with the access point to the climbing walls being from the summit if you know where to look. The summit drops offs at the edge of the rock peak at a number of locations so keep careful control of children as well as paying close attention to where you are walking. This is a popular rock climbing area so also look out for climbers below.

There are usually wildflowers during the warmer months with the peak being at springtime.

Getting There

This walk starts at the former Honeysuckle Creek Tracking Station complex which has an excellent carpark and facilities for both overnight and date visits. To get to the Honeysuckle Tracking Station drive from Tharwa approximately 15 km from the Tharwa Bridge along the Naas Road and turn right off Naas Road onto Apollo Road. Drive to the end of Apollo Road which finishes in the Honeysuckle Creek camp ground. There is ample parking most of the year and usually close by the access point to the trailhead.

 

Turnoff to Apollo Road

Entry into the camp ground

Take the first right hand turn after entering the carpark

Things to Know

  • There is ample water available at the camp ground but none at the Booroomba Rocks carpark
  • Pay close attention at the summit when you are walking near the cliff face

The camp ground has a large carpark

The trail has good signage and is easy to follow

BBQ area. The trail head is just to the right of this image

Trail example

Royal Bluebell – the ACT floral emblem

From the highest point looking back towards the main viewing area

The trail to the highest point is very hard to find as it is not signposted. Access is really only by the trails used by rock climbers however these are close to the cliff edge so pay attention. Heading back to the main trail is much easier as you can easily locate the correct trail

There are great views from the summit back forwards Canberra provided its not raining or foggy

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