3 Hut Circuit (Hospital Creek, Frank and Jacks & ACT Forests huts)

2 h 45 min to 4 h 30 min

5.6 km
circuit

↑ 147 m
↓ -146 m

Moderate track
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.
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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 (-35.7574027,148.9739663)
Mode Car
DirectionsFrom Tuggeranong Parkway
  • Turn on to Drakeford Drive then drive for 2 km
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Drakeford Drive and drive for another 700 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Tharwa Drive and drive for another 950 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Tharwa Drive and drive for another 540 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Tharwa Drive and drive for another 890 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Tharwa Drive and drive for another 1 km
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Tharwa Drive and drive for another 5 km
  • Turn slight left onto Naas Road and drive for another 30.5 km
  • Keep right onto Old Boboyan Road and drive for another 3.4 km
  • Turn right and drive for another 6 m
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
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.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 10 m turn right, to head along Old Boboyan Road.
There is a toilet (about 35 m back from the start).
After 65 m head through/around the gate.
After another 7 m (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 180 m come to the "ACT Forests Hut" (6 m on your right).
After another 330 m continue straight, to head along Boboyan Pines Fire Track.
After another 130 m continue straight, to head along Boboyan Pines Fire Track.
After another 770 m turn right, to head along Boboyan Pines Fire Track.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. Side trip to Hospital Creek Hut and Hospital Creek(3.48km return). To start this optional side trip turn left here. On returning from this side trip continue straight when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 1.7 km (at the intersection of Old Boboyan Road & Boboyan Pines Fire Track) turn right, to head along Old Boboyan Road (a vehicle track).
After another 125 m continue straight, to head along Old Boboyan Road.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. Side trip to Frank and Jacks Hut.(1.42km return) 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 370 m (at the intersection of Old Boboyan Road & Bogong Creek Track) continue straight, to head along Old Boboyan Road.
After another 570 m continue straight, to head along Old Boboyan Road.
After another 1.4 km (at the intersection of Old Boboyan Road & Boboyan Pines Fire Track) continue straight, to head along Old Boboyan Road.
After another 40 m come to the end.

Side trip to Hospital Creek Hut and Hospital Creek(3.48km return).
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Boboyan Pines Fire Track & Old Boboyan Road Start heading along Old Boboyan Road (a vehicle track).
After another 1.4 km turn left.
After another 325 m come to the end.
About 20 m past the end is "Hospital Creek Hut".
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 1.7 km to the main route.

Side trip to Frank and Jacks Hut.(1.42km return)
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Old Boboyan Road & Bogong Creek Track Start heading along Bogong Creek Track (a vehicle track).
After another 650 m continue straight.
Continue another 55 m to find Frank and Jacks Hut at the end.
"Frank and Jacks Hut".
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 710 m to the main route.
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Terrain
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3 Hut Circuit (Hospital Creek, Frank and Jacks & ACT Forests huts)


Grading
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 5.6 km
Time 2 h 45 min to 4 h 30 min
Quality of track Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Signage Directional signs along the way (3/6)
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
Toilet: There is one -23 m back from the start.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Toilet
-23 m[toilet]
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