3 Hut Circuit (Hospital Creek, Frank and Jacks & ACT Forests huts)
2h 45 min to 4h 30 min
Starting from Yankee Hat Walking Track off Old Boboyan Road, Rendezvous Creek, this circuit walk takes you through the hills and valleys of Namadgi National Park, visiting 3 huts along the way: ACT Forests, Hospital Creek, and ‘Frank and Jacks’. The kangaroos and wallabies welcome you prior to entering the pine woodland of NNP. After merely meters into the woodland, the ACT Forests Hut is right there for you to explore. Built in 1966, the metal structure is equipped with a rainwater tank. The next hut you’ll visit is the Hospital Creek Hut(3.48km return side trip), which can be considered the highlight of the walk. Located near the aptly named creek, the hut sits amidst prolific gum trees which are full of birds. Also built in 1966, it’s made of sawn timber and bush poles, covered with iron. Plus, it still contains an original kerosene fridge inside. Frank and Jacks Hut is the last hut on the journey(1.42km return side trip), also known as Franks Hut, or Franks in the Pines. Built in 1954 by Cecil Hopkins of Queanbeyan for Frank and Jack Oldfield, the hut has 3 rooms with timber floors and a brick fireplace. 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 Yankee Hat Walking Track Carpark, head towards the black metal gate that is located on Old Boboyan Road(four-wheel drive access dirt road). Pass through the gap next to the gate and continue straight along the dirt path. After about 25 metres turn left to join the Boboyan Pines Fire Track. Stay on the track as you pass by the ACT Forests Hut to your right to continue along 3 Hut Circuit.....
Directions & comments
After another 10m turn right, to head along Old Boboyan Road.
There is a toilet (about 35m back from the start).
After 65m head through/around the gate.
After another 7m (at the intersection of Old Boboyan Road & Boboyan Pines Fire Track) turn left, to head along Boboyan Pines Fire Track (a vehicle track).
After another 180m come to the "ACT Forests Hut" tourism|alpine_hut (6m on your right).
After another 330m continue straight, to head along Boboyan Pines Fire Track.
After another 130m continue straight, to head along Boboyan Pines Fire Track.
After another 770m turn right, to head along Boboyan Pines Fire Track.
Side trip to Hospital Creek Hut and Hospital Creek(3.48km return). Details below.
After another 1.7km (at the intersection of Old Boboyan Road & Boboyan Pines Fire Track) turn right, to head along Old Boboyan Road (a vehicle track).
After another 125m continue straight, to head along Old Boboyan Road.