Oak Hill and NSW Border from Forde

1 h 45 min to 2 h 45 min

5.8 km
return

↑ 191 m
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Moderate track
Starting from the car park on Mulligans Flat Road, Forde, this walk takes you to the Northern Border Campsite near the border of NSW and Gungahlin and back, visiting Oak Hill along the way. At the hill summit, stand where the surveyors of the past once stood, and try to figure out how they determined the borderline. Skirt the border beforehand as you explore the woodlands of Mulligans Flat Nature Reserve, with a chance to see some ducks in the ponds along the way. The area is also home to the hooded robin along with some parrot species, so birdwatching can be quite fruitful. 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 (-35.1540272,149.1564231)
Mode Car
DirectionsFrom Barton Highway, A25
  • Turn on to A25 then drive for 75 m
  • Keep left onto Gundaroo Drive and drive for another 630 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 1 onto Gundaroo Drive and drive for another 730 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Gundaroo Drive and drive for another 750 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Gundaroo Drive and drive for another 1.5 km
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Gundaroo Drive and drive for another 810 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Gundaroo Drive and drive for another 560 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Gundaroo Drive and drive for another 280 m
  • Keep left and drive for another 1.6 km
  • Turn right onto Mulligans Flat Road and drive for another 170 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Mulligans Flat Road and drive for another 360 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Mulligans Flat Road and drive for another 860 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Mulligans Flat Road and drive for another 650 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Mulligans Flat Road and drive for another 255 m
  • Turn left and drive for another 30 m
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
Starting from the car park on Mulligans Flat Road(2.20kms northeast of intersection with Horse Park Drive), head towards the metal steps with railings going over the fence. Take the steps and head towards the angled signposts(white....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 10 m turn right, to head along Canberra Centenary Trail.
Then climb over the stile.
After another 20 m turn left.
After another 820 m continue straight.
After another 590 m turn left, to head along Canberra Centenary Trail.
After another 8 m head through/around the gate.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. A side trip to the highest point of Oak Hill, providing you with 360 degrees of panoramic views. To start this optional side trip veer right here. On returning from this side trip error >360 when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 440 m continue straight, to head along Canberra Centenary Trail.
After another 940 m continue straight.
After another 10 m head through/around the gate.
Continue another 60 m to find the end. Then turn around here and retrace the main route for 2.9 km to get back to the start.
About 30 m past the end is "Northern Border Campsite".
Campsite managed byTAMS. There is a fee to use this campsite.
About 50 m past the end is "Northern Border Campsite Toilets".
About 25 m past the end is a shelter.

A side trip to the highest point of Oak Hill, providing you with 360 degrees of panoramic views.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 345 m come to the end.
About 130 m past the end is "Oak Hill".
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 345 m to the main route.
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Terrain
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Oak Hill and NSW Border from Forde


Grading
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 5.8 km
Time 1 h 45 min to 2 h 45 min
Quality of track Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Signage Clearly signposted (2/6)
Infrastructure Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (1/6)
Experience Required No experience required (2/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (2/6)

Some facilities on route
Camp site: There is one 3 km from the start.

Shelter: There is one 3 km from the start.

Toilet: There is one 3 km from the start.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Camp site
3 kmNorthern Border Campsite
Toilet
3 kmNorthern Border Campsite Toilets
Shelter
3 km[shelter]
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