Tharwa 40 km. Please note that Adaminaby is 41 km in the opposite direction
Yearrabi Walking Track car park
Yerrabi car park located on the right hand side of the road if you are coming from Tharwa
Yearrabi Walking Track car park
Once you have done all the main walks in Namadgi National Park you may feel like spreading your wings a bit and heading down towards the southern end of the park; and the southern part of the ACT. There is just something about this end of the park that feels ‘wilder’ than the more well known central park. The vegetation starts to become more alpine as you go further south and as you increase in altitude. The day we did this walk was in early July and thankfully we came prepared as we had very light snow falling during mid morning.
On your way to Yerrabi you should stop off at the Hospital Hill lookout which drive straight past – it is well worth the visit. Once you leave this lookout you will reach the trail head a further 4.5 km down the road where there is a small signposted carpark. All up that is just on 40 km from the Tharwa Bridge. The car park is not huge and probably only fits about 5-7 cars at best but this is usually not a problem. Although the walk is well known and used by avid bushwalkers, it is rare to see large numbers of people on this walk unless you have brought them with you.
This trail has its own brochure which can picked up at the trail head at the start of the walk (see the image below). The trail itself has a diverse range of vegetation types ranging from the Peppermint forest at the start of the walk, to swampy grassland in the middle (watch out for snakes during the warmer months), before changing to a Snow Gum forest as you head up the hill. You would think that once you reach the trig station at the summit you have reached your destination but you would be dudding yourself if you don’t continue on following the signs a further 300 metres to the Tor Viewpoint. Although the viewing area is a good 45 metres lower than the summit this is where you get some very spectacular views including to the mountains across the valley which are often snow covered in early winter to mid spring. This is a great place for morning tea or lunch if the weather is good.
Please come prepared for snow conditions on this walk even if there is none there. This is alpine country and the weather can turn quickly. We had very light snow for much of the walk even although it wasn’t settling on the ground. The clothing we are wearing in the photos is a good indication of the temperature that we were experiencing on the day.
This walk surprises with the great views. Gill is not easily impressed with our walks but this was one where she wanted to come back in Spring to see what the views are like in the warmer months and I agree.
Brochure box at walk start
This far down in the park the tracks feels somehow more wild
Mesh track on one section of the trail to keep you out of the wet after heavy rains
There is also a section of timber track as well
Track through the grassland. Keep an eye for for snakes in the hotter parts of the year
There are directional arrows as well as interpretive sign on the trail. This trail is well defined and well used so finding your way is not hard
The landscape is wilder here than other more well known trails so even in Winter there is lots to see
Gill on the summit. This is not the main vantage point. Follow the sign 300 metres further on to the Tor Viewpoint
A sign on the way to the Tor Viewpoint that delineates changes in the rock types
Step down to the Tor Viewpoint
Granite Tors at the rear of the Tor Viewpoint
Fire on the rock at the Tor Viewpoint. Someone was obviously cold
The views from Tor Viewpoint are spectacular
It is not unusual for Mt Gudgenby (1739 metres) across the valley to be covered in snow during winter
Yerrabi Track Google map showing the distance from Tharwa Bridge to the Yerrabi Track car park.
The whole trip from the Tharwa Bridge is just on 40 km
Yankee Hat turnoff. Keep to the left and head towards Adaminaby
End of the bitumen road. The dirt road from here on is usually in good condition
Road warning sign. You’ve been warned!
Hospital Hill lookout car park
Hospital Hill lookout. Stopping here is worth the trip itself
Hospital Hill lookout signage
Tim and Gill at Hospital Hill lookout. The views from here are well worth the stop; and yes its cold
This walk was undertaken by the team from Australian Hiker