Yankee Hat trailhead car park
Yankee Hat trailhead car park
For many years (late 1800’s-early 1960’s) this area was a rural lease which is when much of the clearing took place. In 1966 the land was converted to a pine forest. With the declaration of the Namadagi National Park in 1984, the long term goal was the regeneration of this area back to natural bush. The removal of the pine forest was finalised in 2005 and the land is regenerating but still has a way to go.
For those of you familiar with this end of the park, the walks in this area have a very special feel about them. The blend of old rural edged by wilderness never ceases to amaze me; I could spend months just wandering the hills and valleys. In part, this is the charm of this walk.
This walk is nearly all on management trail with the exception of the turn off to the Hospital Creek Hut itself and while that spur trail is still on management road, its more overgrown grass rather than dirt trail. The road walk itself has the potential to be boring but its short enough. There are usually wallabies present along the sides of the road which outnumber the kangaroos usually dominating the more open grasslands.
At 2 km along this trail you will come to a crossroad of sorts and if you follow the signage towards the left on a grassland trail you will be taking the Gudgenby Regeneration Walk. You also have the opportunity to turn right at this point to visit Frank and Jack’s hut which is around a 1.4 km return walk.
To continue on to the Hospital Creek Hut keep walking straight ahead along Old Boboyan Road and you will come to an unmarked turn on the left hand side which will take you the last 200 metres down to the hut. At this stage, it’s a bit of a matter of trust but as you approach the hut becomes very obvious.
Take the opportunity for a break and have a good look around the hut taking in the heritage aspects. Like other huts in the high country, this is an emergency hut only so if you do get caught out in extreme weather there are plenty of places to shelter.
After your break, turn around and head back towards the car park. Remember if you signed the walkers register at the start of the walk (you should) then don’t forget to sign out.
Another great walk done and dusted!
Kangaroos are usually present near the start of the trail looking out of the large grassy plains/swamp
Toilet located at the trailhead
Interpretation signage at the walk start
Walk start which is about 20 metres up hill from the main car park. Look for the very obvious start
Trail register. Sign in and then head on the right hand spur towards your destination
First 2 km of walking
Trail markers are common
Turn sign. If you look towards the upper centre right you will just make out a trail marker. In this section they are hard to spot
Trail direction at the 2 km mark – at this point you want to continue walking along Old Boboyan Road. The turn off to the Hospital Creek Hut is approximately 300 metres further along the road. If you veer left at this point you are walking the Gudgenby Bush Regeneration walk. You can turn right here to visit Frank and Jack’s Hut which is a 1.4 km return.
Lots of wallabies on this trail
Banksia in various stages of flowering
Up the Hill. It’s not as steep as it looks
The turn off on the left is a bit of a leap of faith and not very obvious
The not so obvious road
Down the spur trail heading towards the hut
Hospital Creek Hut comes into view
Rear of Hospital Creek Hut
Water tank at the rear of the hut
Front of Hospital Creek Hut
The wood store
Inside the hut
Back towards Yankee Hat car park
The view from the front of Hospital Creek Hut
Map from Google maps showing directions to the Yankee Hat car park from the Tharwa Bridge.
This site is approximately 1 hours driving from the centre of Canberra. Head south along the Tuggeranong Parkway, past the Lanyon Homestead and through the village of Tharwa. The site itself is in the Namadgi National Park towards the end of Old Boboyan Road with the last section of the road being unsealed. Access to this site is relatively easy however be aware that after heavy rains you will need a 4WD for access.
Signage at the turnoff to Yankee Hat car park on the right hand side of the road. From this point on, the road is unsealed
Water crossing on the way to and from the trailhead
This walk was undertaken by the team from Australian Hiker