Frost Hollow To Forest Walk

1 h 30 min to 2 h 30 min

5.3 km
circuit

↑ 136 m
↓ -136 m

Moderate track
Starting from the car park at the end of Old Coswell Drive, ACT, this circuit walk explores the Aranda Snowgums area and Aranda Bushland Nature Reserve, visiting many vantage points and a creek along the way. This walk is famous for being the closest walk to the city centre(less than 10 minutes drive) where you’re almost guaranteed to see multiple kangaroos. They’re used to people and may even come up to you, but please be careful as these guys have extremely strong legs. You’ll be able to view the Telstra Tower and the Black Mountain from various vantage points throughout the track. The views of nature in the dense forest and near the dam are no less interesting, and feels especially mysterious when it’s foggy. Keep in mind that the area can be busy during peak hours, so plan accordingly to avoid the crowd. 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.
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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
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.
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Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start (-35.2791363,149.0862791)
Mode Car
DirectionsFrom Tuggeranong Parkway
  • Turn on to Parkes Way then drive for 245 m
  • Keep left onto William Hovell Drive Onramp and drive for another 490 m
  • Keep right onto William Hovell Drive Onramp and drive for another 45 m
  • Turn left onto William Hovell Drive and drive for another 440 m
  • Turn right onto William Hovell Drive and drive for another 690 m
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the southern end of the car park(at the end of Old Caswell Drive), head towards the signposted rock near the bollard along the concrete car park. Join the lighter-coloured concrete footpath as you pass by the said rock and directional signpost to your left. Follow the concrete footpath as it meanders gently downhill. As the track divides into two, follow the “Aranda Snow Gums” signage on the white directional signpost and turn right. Go through the underpass and stay on the track as it veers left and becomes parallel to Old Caswell Drive. Turn right and use the stile to get over the fence. Pass by the black signpost to your left and head straight, towards the dam. Veer right as the track splits in two (keeping the dam to your left) to continue along Frost Hollow To Forest Walk(counterclockwise).....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 110 m turn right.
After another 170 m head through the tunnel (about 20 m long)
After another 120 m turn right.
After another 30 m climb over the stile.
After another 55 m pass the sign (6 m on your left).
After another 90 m pass the sign (on your right).
After another 50 m turn right, to head along Frost Hollow to Forest Walk.
After another 60 m pass the sign (6 m on your right).
After another 90 m pass the sign (on your left).
After another 275 m pass the sign (6 m on your right).
After another 90 m veer right, to head along Frost Hollow to Forest Walk.
After another 9 m continue straight, to head along Frost Hollow to Forest Walk.
Keep left.
After another 10 m head through/around the gate.
Keep left.
After another 185 m climb over the stile.
Turn right.
After another 35 m (at the intersection of Finneran's Road & Frost Hollow to Forest Walk) turn left, to head along Frost Hollow to Forest Walk (a steps).
Then head up the earthen steps (about 15 m long)
After another 10 m pass the sign (on your right).
After another 410 m (at the intersection of ridge walk & steep climb) continue straight, to head along ridge walk.
After another 275 m continue straight.
After another 30 m continue straight.
After another 40 m (at the intersection of Power Line Track & Aranda Summit Track) continue straight, to head along Aranda Summit Track.
After another 55 m pass the sign (on your right).
After another 50 m turn right.
After another 40 m turn left, to head along Aranda ridge walk.
After another 6 m come to the viewpoint (6 m on your left).
After another 55 m (at the intersection of Aranda Summit Track & Aranda ridge walk) turn left, to head along Aranda ridge walk.
After another 30 m continue straight, to head along Aranda ridge walk.
After another 85 m continue straight, to head along Aranda ridge walk.
After another 70 m (at the intersection of creek walk & Aranda ridge walk) turn sharp left, to head along creek walk.
After another 155 m turn left.
After another 10 m cross the ford.
Turn right.
After another 15 m turn left, to head along creek walk.
After another 70 m cross the ford.
After another 100 m turn left, to head along creek walk.
After another 150 m (at the intersection of creek walk & creek crossing) turn left, to head along creek crossing.
After another 15 m cross the ford.
After another 70 m continue straight, to head along creek crossing.
After another 175 m (at the intersection of Power Line Track & creek crossing) veer right, to head along Power Line Track (a vehicle track).
After another 20 m (at the intersection of Power Line Track & Power Line Link Track) turn left, to head along Power Line Link Track.
After another 140 m pass a seat (6 m on your left)., has a backrest.
After another 350 m (at the intersection of Finneran's Road & Power Line Link Track) continue straight, to head along Finneran's Road.
After another 70 m turn right.
After another 35 m turn right.
After another 195 m continue straight.
Keep right.
After another 175 m pass the sign.
After another 95 m continue straight.
After another 35 m pass the sign (on your right).
After another 30 m pass a seat (20 m on your right).
After another 180 m continue straight.
After another 220 m turn left.
After another 120 m head through the tunnel (about 20 m long)
After another 170 m turn left.
After another 110 m come to the end.
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Terrain
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Frost Hollow To Forest Walk


Grading
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 5.3 km
Time 1 h 30 min to 2 h 30 min
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Signage Clearly signposted (2/6)
Infrastructure Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (2/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (2/6)

Some facilities on route
Seat: There are 2 on route, on average they are 1.8 km apart with the largest gap of 3.5 km.


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