The Camel's Hump Trail, Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, starts from Mountain Creek Carpark, Paddys River leading mostly via the Camelback Fire Trail to Camel’s Hump. You will feel on top of the world as you round the summit of the Camel’s Hump, the view goes on forever. As you wander up to and back from the peak keep an eye out for the wide range of wildflowers scattered among the route. And if you’re lucky enough, you may see a wild dingo strolling around. Although most of the walk is on a wide firetrail the climb for the summit should not be underestimated. The rock scramble requires you to do some short climbs using hands and feet. Don’t forget about coming back down as that can be scarier for many people. Take care in wet conditions, especially in the rock scrambling part if you decide to make it to the top. Also keep in mind that the reserve closes at 8 PM in summer and 6 PM in winter. 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.
Warning This journey requires significant bushwalking experience, specialised equipment and navigation skills. Please ensure you and your group well prepared and equiped for this journey.
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.
At roundabout, take exit 3 onto Woodcock Drive and drive for another 2 km
Turn right onto Jim Pike Avenue and drive for another 820 m
Turn right onto Point Hut Road and drive for another 4.8 km
Turn right onto Tidbinbilla Road and drive for another 10 km
Turn left onto Tidbinbilla Reserve Road and drive for another 550 m
Continue onto Tidbinbilla Reserve Road and drive for another 3 km
Turn slight right onto Tidbinbilla Reserve Road and drive for another 670 m
Turn left onto Ashbrook Fire Trail and drive for another 3.2 km
Turn right onto Tidbinbilla Reserve Road and drive for another 1.9 km
Turn sharp left and drive for another 1.8 km
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Directions & comments
Start heading along Camelback Fire Trail.
After 40 m head through/around the gate.
After another 200 m (at the intersection of Camelback Fire Trail & Lyrebird) continue straight, to head along Camelback Fire Trail.
After another 15 m continue straight, to head along Camelback Fire Trail.
After another 1.6 km continue straight, to head along Camelback Fire Trail.
After another 1.5 km continue straight, to head along Camelback Fire Trail.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. A side trip to John's Peak, the summit has a great field of view. To start this optional side trip turn left here. On returning from this side trip error >360 when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 2.3 km continue straight, to head along Camelback Fire Trail.
After another 280 m (at the intersection of Camelback Fire Trail & Camel Back) continue straight, to head along Camel Back (a footpath).
After another 145 m turn left, to head along Camel Back.
After another 55 m continue straight, to head along Camel Back.
After another 160 m come to "Camels Hump".
Turn around here and retrace the main route for 6.3 km to get back to the start.
A side trip to John's Peak, the summit has a great field of view.
Directions & comments
After another 1.5 km come to the end.
About 20 m past the end is "John's Peak".
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 1.5 km to the main route.
Know the Hills, grading & facilities
Camel's Hump Trail
4 h 30 min to 7 h
Quality of track
Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Very steep (4/6)
Clearly signposted (2/6)
No facilities provided (5/6)
Moderate level of bushwalking experience recommended (4/6)