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Valleys of Namadgi National Park

Valleys of Namadgi National Park

Canberra is near Namadgi National Park, which features some of the tallest mountains in Australia, montane woodlands and tors, and subalpine valleys with marshes/fens. The valleys afford panoramic views and teem with wildlife. Some tors were used as rock shelters by Aboriginal people, and some shelters contain Aboriginal art work, the most famous being Yankee Hat.

The best valleys in Namadgi are 90 minutes or more from Canberra, and so require a Full-day tour. Consult with us about which sections of of the park you’ll enjoy most.

Yankee Hat


  • An Aboriginal rock shelter with the best rock paintings found in the region
  • Sweeping views across a high altitude valley, bog and across to Brindabella Range
  • Large numbers of Grey Kangaroos and Red-necked Wallabies, frequent sightings of birds and large alpine skinks.

Track – An easy and pleasant walk to a rock shelter (2-3 hour return) on a well marked track through grasslands of the Gudgenby Valley, and fringing forest on gentle slopes surrounding it.

Upper Naas Valley


  • Gentle walk through a subalpine valley with lovely Snow Gum and Black Sallee woodlands and abundant wildlife.
  • There is a good chance of seeing some red-necked wallabies and grey kangaroos.
  • May also encounter cushion plants, wildflowers (in spring), birds, snakes and Aboriginal stone tools. Aboriginal artefacts may not be collected – no exceptions.
  • There is an interesting contrast between the upper and lower Naas rivers, with respect to the impacts of European settlement, which can be seen and discussed if so desired.

Track – An easy walk (2-3 hour return) with gentle slopes on a dirt road, paths, and cross-country through grasslands.

Other areas
  • Rendezvous Creek – a long walk up a kangaroo-filled valley to a rock shelter with paintings
  • Nursery Swamp – hike over a hill to reach this swamp and then divert to a rock shelter at the top of the valley with faint paintings