Starting from the Flints car park off Tidbinbilla Reserve Road, Paddys River, this walk crosses Tidbinbilla River, Ashbrook Creek and Mountain Creek via the Ashbrook Fire Trail, then heads back to the start. Explore the mixed Eucalypt woodland as you enjoy a little bit of Aboriginal history. You’ll visit 2 scar(red) trees near the track, which have their bark removed in the shape of a shield. The Aboriginal people used these barks to make canoes, traps and shelters as well. Fellow (kanga)roos can be spotted throughout the journey, with a chance to see some interesting birdlife near the ponds and creeks. Enjoy this stroll in nature as the singular wide fire trail lets you focus on your surroundings. Although, take care on the crossings as the water level can reach ankle-height in colder months. Thus, waterproof shoes may come in handy. Keep in mind that the Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve requires a pass, which can be acquired daily or annual. This journey can be made into a one-way trip if you arrange transport. You can also reverse the direction if you’d like to. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey.
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
Getting started From the Flints car park off Tidbinbilla Reserve Road(630 metres southwest of Historic Rock Valley Homestead), head back towards the paved road. Turn left and follow the road for about 105 metres to come to the start of the fire trail(to your left). Turn left and join the said fire trail(Ashbrook Fire Trail), moving perpendicularly away from the paved road. Follow the wide dirt trail as you pass by Cinerea Cottage to your left to continue along the Ashbrook Fire Trail.....
Directions & comments
After 55m pass the sign (8m on your left).
After another 40m pass the BBQ (25m on your left).
After another 65m turn right.
Then pass the toilet (15m on your right).
After another 160m turn left, to head along Ashbrook Fire Trail.
After another 2km continue straight, to head along Ashbrook Fire Trail.
After another 345m cross the ford.
After another 700m (at the intersection of Ashbrook Fire Trail & Tidbinbilla Reserve Road) continue straight, to head along Ashbrook Fire Trail.
After another 20m to find the "Hanging Rock Parking" car park.
After another 980m cross the ford.
After another 1.8km cross the ford.
AS 2156.1-2001 - Walking tracks Classification
3h 30 min to 5h
Quality of track
Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Gentle hills with occasional steps (2/6)
Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
No experience required (2/6)
Weather generally has little impact on safety (2/6)