I led this walk, with 8 of us walking, on a Historic Walk visiting Glenburn & Burbong areas in Kowan Forest, ACT
Featured image shows some of us, including me on Mt Atkinson, Kowen Forest
This was an interesting walk visiting numerous sites rich in early Canberra history dating back to the 1830-1900 period. The two graves visited were of two young girls who had drowned in Dec 1837 and are the oldest known European graves in the ACT. Most of the huts & homesteads date from the late 1800’s when the area was well populated with small farms.
8 of us walked & all met at Melba Shed by 8AM & then drove in 3 cars to a parking spot on the Kings Highway, some 400m past crossing of the railway, which is itself 500m after crossing the Molonglo River. There are two entrances then obvious, we took the right one which is Charcoal Kiln Rd. We then drove down this well maintained road for 75m & parked on the grass bank on the right juts before the locked gate. There is a sign here that shows the various walks that can be undertaken & essentially we did the Green Precinct Trail of 12Km that visits most of the sites. There is also a brochure box here that allows you to take a small brochure with map & info on early settlement and some of the sites. One can view similar information on the Glenburn precinct brochure link in the right hand box.
Then from 9AM we walked a circular route around the historic precinct visiting 3 historic sites in the Burbong area & then 6 clusters of sites in the Glenburn area, the Glenburn old Homestead being the premier site. We finished at 1.38PM. It took a further 1 hr to drive home.
On Mt Atkinson looking south one can discern a couple of peaks: Taliesin Hills (1000m) bearing around 160mag & further to the left Balcombe Hill (958m) bearing 130mag.
In the Burbong area we visited the ruins of Colliers, Curleys, Coppins & Argyle Homesteads. The Argyle site was across the Molonglo which was easy to cross. We then had morning tea on a grassy spot on the north side of the Molonglo.
We then walked along the River Road to reach the Glenburn sites visiting the old school & Charcoal Kiln sites, then the Machinery shed & the Glenburn Homestead buildings, stopping at the latter for a quick lunch. Allan left us here to head to other business.
Between the two huts we could just see some snow on the Brindabellas just to the right of Mt Tennent.
We finished by visiting the Hayshed, Field Mower, Colverwell Graves, Shearing Shed & Shearing Quarters sites. It’s now possible to walk right up to the Shearing Shed & Quarters sites although not to enter the buildings. Due to the time we did not go to the Sheep Dip site.
After leaving the Shearing Shed sites we walked straight back to the cars along the main road passing the Canberra International Clay Target Centre.
Views. These were some good views over the upper Molonglo River with some of the areas around. We also had some good views over forestry operations as they had just felled some sections & burnt them off, as well as having replanted other sections. Good views were also over ACT/Canberra across to the Tidbinbilla & Brindabella ranges.
The walk was Medium-Hard, distance was 12.7Km,on mostly flat dirt management trails & some grass tracks, with a couple of small hills to climb. We took around 4.5 hrs.
Walkers: Allan Bedford, Brian Taylor, Colin Fitzpatrick, Drew McDonald, Gordon Kite, Richard Poon, Roger Amos, Greg Hutchison
Drivers: Colin Fitzpatrick, Roger Amos, Allan Bedford