Thursday, March 3, 2016

Booroomba to Namadgi Visitor Centre via Mount Tennent

This is another justifiably popular ACT hike which follows the Australian Alpine Walking Track (AAWT) from Booroomba Rocks out to Namadgi Visitor Centre with an optional, and recommended, detour up Mount Tennent. I started from the Booroomba end, while Doug started from the Visitor Centre, and, we met up on the summit of Mount Tennet halfway through the walk. 

Booroomba Ridge from Mt Tennet track

Starting from the Booroomba end, the track descends beside a tributary of Booroomba Creek, then heads east to reach Bushfold Flats. This is a pretty open area alongside Georges Creek with forested ridges to either side. Shortly after crossing through a gate, angle right to find the well defined track which climbs easily up the ridge to the east to reach a track junction. 

Bushfold Flats

Turn right for Mount Tennent and follow a bush track until you reach the fire road that leads up to the top. This part of the walk is a bit steep, hot and dusty, but, you soon arrive at Mount Tennent and a wonderful view over Namadgi National Park and out towards Tharwa. 

View from Mount Tennet

We spent almost an hour on Mount Tennent before walking back down to the junction where Doug walked out to Booroomba and I continued north following the ridge of Mount Tennent until the track dropped off to the east and descended reasonably steeply to the Nass Road. Lots of views along this section as the track is frequently on open granite slabs, but it would be a hot pull up on a sunny summer's day.

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