The carpark for this walk is just off Mt Franklin Road and is 67km from the Canberra GPO with a large section of dirt road included
Trail head carpark just off Mt Franklin road on the right hand side of the road
The trail head is on the right hand side of Mt Franklin Road and is obvious from the road so you won’t miss it with the large trail head sign
Trail head carpark just off Mt Franklin road
If you feel like going a bit more remote then head towards the northwestern border of the ACT. Travelling on roads that quickly become dirt and are really only passable in the warmer months. This road provides access to four main walks. The Mt Gingera, Mt Franklin, Mt Aggie and the Bendora Arboretum walks.
Pay close attention as you pass the road condition sign to ensure that this road is open as it can be closed in periods of extreme fire danger as well as heavy snow. The signage on this road is good so you will have no problem finding this road so long as you pay attention. Once you turn off onto the Mount Franklin road you very quickly enter the Bimberi Wilderness and as you travel along the road there are a number of heavy gates that may be locked in bad conditions.
The Mount Aggie walk is the second of the walks along this road and is 8.9km past the trail head for the Bendora Arboretum walk on the right hand side of the road. The Mount Aggie walk is one of three a hill walks in this area and is the shortest and easiest of the three.
Pull of the Mount Franklin road into the small parking area on the right hand side. The trail head is easy to spot due to the dark timber trail head ‘hut’. After you have read the trail signage the walk starts on the opposite end of the car park and is identified by a NSW parks post. The trail head appears to be in NSW while the Mountain is in identified as being in the ACT.
The trail itself is a formed natural trail that winds itself up the hill. You will come to a lower cliff area that provides great views in to NSW but I’d suggest stopping here on the way back down. Continue up the hill and head to the highest point for views into bit NSW and the ACT. Just of the summit of the hill is some basic interpretive signage.
The day we did this walk it was pretty windy so we didn’t spend to much time on the summit and after we had a good look round we then headed back down the trail to stop in at the lower lookout point which had a bit more wind protection.
Given that we did this walk in summertime there wasn’t a lot of wildflowers out but if you looked close there was plenty to see in both insect life and smaller plants to keep us amused.
The most difficult part of this walk is the drive and as this walk is short enough that it could be combined with with one of the other shorter walks close by or if you want to make a long day look at doing all three of the sub 4km walks (Bendora Arboretum, Mt Aggie, and Mt Franklin. To get the best out of this and the other walks in this area choose a sunny clear day.
Please note that you need to bring your own water on this trail.
The walk to Mt Aggie starts in the right hand corner of the car park. Look for the NSW Parks green marker post. the road in the right side of this image is the direction that you hav come from to get to this walk
This trail is natural surface and is easy to follow
Dense tree growth on the sides of the path which is pretty typical of this area
Bush Cockroach. Keep an eye out for the small things
Native Pea flower
Insect galls on eucalyptus leaves. Love the colour contrast
Fresh new coloured leaves on a small Eucalyptus plant
Summit coming into view
Cliff warning sign below the main summit as well as on the summit. Keep an eye on the kids
Approaching the main summit of Mt Aggie
Summit of Mt Aggie
Once you reach the main summit this sign is just down the hill a little way and identifies the neighbouring mountains
Rainstorm moving in, it skirted around us luckily
The Mount Aggie Google map showing the distance from the Canberra GPO to the trail head car park on Mt Franklin Road (approximately 67km) :
Urriarra crossing. Turn left if coming from Weston Creek just after you go over the crossing
Road conditions sign. If doing this walk make sure that the Mount Franklin Road is open
Note the 2.4meter tall road markers. This gives you an idea of the possible snow conditions in winter time
Bitumen road changing to dirt. From here the Bendora Arboretum is 16.5km
Follow the turnoff sign and head along Mt Franklin Road
Mt Franklin Road
Car Park at Bulls Head
Information signage at bulls head picnic area
Toilets at Bulls Head picnic ground
Bulls Head Picnic area
Weatherproof shelter at Bulls Head picnic area
Just after you leave the Bull Head Car park you will see the turnoff to the Bendora Dam. Keep following the signs and head towards Mt Franklin.
More signs and gates. There are a number of gates you will need to access. If the conditions are bad then the gates will be closed. When you see this sign you have approximately about 13km to go to reach the trail head to Mt Aggie
This walk was undertaken by the team from Australian Hiker