Rendezvous Creek car park
Car park advisory sign on the left hand side of the road which is partially hidden by foliage but warns you of the approaching turn into the car park
Rendezvous Creek car park
Recently I went back to walk the Rendezvous Creek trail after an absence of around nine years. Like many of the walks in Canberra I had done the Rendezvous Creek in the past but that was prior to me setting up Australian Hiker so I didn’t have the relevant photos and details that I needed to do a proper review. I love Namadgi National Park, in particular the southern and western areas that border the remote wilderness regions and this little walk is no different. The Rendezvous Creek car park is located on the right hand side of the road between the Glendale Picnic area and the Yankee Hat trail head and requires no special type of vehicle to access. In fact the road is good quality bitumen all the way there. The car park itself is unsealed but in good condition and will fit around 10 cars though I have never seen more than a few at a time here with the other better known walks grabbing all the attention.
Once you arrive at the car park head of to the trail information signage and start your walk through areas of ‘Black Sally’ Mallee Eucalyptus that dominate this particular section of the park. I love these Eucalyptus; both the form and the bark is spectacular. From the trail head you head up and through this well wooded areas past hidden stream babbling in the background before eventually coming out onto the open plains of the adjacent valley. On the day we did this walk there were lots of little toadstools and interesting insects around as well as the occasional skittish wallaby that would shoot off before to close. Eventually you loop back round and come back into the wooded area before rejoining the trail you came out on. While not heavily used the trail tread is worn enough that it is easy to follow and there is enough directional signage to confirm which way you are going.
One thing to note on this track is that it was impacted by the 2019-20 bushfires that swept along much of eastern Australia and as a result the landscape, while burnt at that time is making a comeback and while it will take another couple of years to totally recover there are some spectacular regrowth as a result and this walk is still worth doing. One of these new features on this trail is when you reach the turn around point and look around you will see what looks like an area of green carpet about 200 meters away. This turned out to be large rock shelf that was almost totally carpeted in moss. I had never seen such a large rock so covered uniformly before and while it may mot last for long like this it was worth the short detail off trail.
While just on 2.8km this walk took us just over an hour to do which is slow by my standards as I kept on stopping to take photos of all the little hidden gems on offer. This is a great walk that is easy to access and doesn’t require a lot of physical effort so is an excellent one to taken were walkers on. Bring some food with you for morning tea or lunch to enjoy at the trail head or at the half way mark on to of the open hill at the benches/tables provides.
Over to the trail head and picnic area adjacent to the car park
Trail head signage
Puffball on the trail
Heading up the small hill from the trail head
Eucalyptus stellulata, Black Sally
Trail directional signage
At this point can take the left or right branch and return on the opposite one. I would recommend that you take the right side, it just makes more sense
View out from the forest into the open valley
Coming out into the open
Seating at the high point about half way through the walk
Black Sally in Flower
Moss carpeted rock about 200metres away from the turnaround point. this rock just stood out
Mossy rock up close
Looking back towards the trail
More directional aids
Toadstools on the trail
Tim on a bridge
There are two little bridges that cross this creek on this trail to bring you back to the start in a loop
Joining back to the loop
Interesting termite damage on a fallen branch
Back to the trail head
Map from Google maps showing directions to the rendezvous Creek from the Canberra GPO
This site is approximately 1 hours driving from the centre of Canberra. Head south along the Tuggeranong Parkway, past the Lanyon Homestead and though the village of Tharwa. The site itself is in the Namadgi National Park towards no far past the Glendale Picnic Area.
When driving in the southern end of Namadgi National Park keep a sharp eye out for Wallabies and Kangaroos on the road
Toilet block at the Glendale Picnic area. You will drive straight past this to get to the trail head
This walk was undertaken by the team from Australian Hiker