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Grassy Creek Fire Trail

3 h 30 min to 6 h

13.9 km
oneway

↑ 189 m
↓ -244 m

Moderate track
Starting just metres away from the ACT-NSW border on Boboyan Road, Mount Clear, this walk takes you through the scenic rural areas and eucalypt woodlands of Namadgi National Park via the creekside Grassy Creek Fire Trail, visiting multiple historic huts along the way as you follow Grassy Creek. Ending at Old Boboyan Road near Naas Creek, this walk can also be done in reverse. Famous for its gorgeous bargeboards and stone chimneys, Westermans Homestead is going to be your first historic stop. Enjoy the rural areas of the walk as you’re following Grassy Creek, then take the side trip to Waterholes Hut if you want to see some old sheep yards and horse stalls. After skirting the border and entering the eucalypt forest area, you’ll come across the Lone Pine Homestead. Supposedly built around 1890 by Dan Crawford, it was home to him and his family of seven. Some say the pine tree might have been planted at the same time the hut was built. Your last historic stop is the Luton’s Crutching Shed, if you’re willing to take the side trip out to it. Built around 1964, it was used to remove excess wool from the rear of the sheep. If you’re here in winter, please check the forecast to be safe against storms and drastic temperature drops. Also, expect to get wet feet in some areas around the walk, so an extra pair of socks or waterproof boots may come in handy. 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 At the intersection of Grassy Creek Fire Trail & Boboyan Road (-35.8926884,148.9796067)
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 50.5 km
Finish (-35.8299225,148.9577176)
Mode (end) Car Shuttle   Car  
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From Boboyan Road, Mount Clear(metres away from the ACT-NSW border), head along the formed dirt management trail(opposite of Long Corner Fire Trail) perpendicular to the road, keeping the border to your left. In about 600 metres, veer right as the trail splits into two to continue along Grassy Creek Fire Trail.....
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Grassy Creek Fire Trail & Boboyan Road Start heading along Grassy Creek Fire Trail (a vehicle track).
After 25 m head through/around the gate.
After another 580 m (at the intersection of Grassy Creek Fire Trail & Grassy Creek Firetrail) veer right, to head along Grassy Creek Firetrail.
After another 650 m continue straight, to head along Grassy Creek Firetrail.
After another 40 m come to the "Westermans Homestead" (20 m on your right).
After another 95 m pass the toilet (15 m on your left).
After another 1.7 km veer left, to head along Grassy Creek Firetrail.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. An optional but recommended side trip to the historic Waterholes Hut, with some old sheep yards and horse stalls around it. To start this optional side trip continue straight here. On returning from this side trip error >360 when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 760 m (at the intersection of Grassy Creek Firetrail & Waterholes Firetrail) continue straight, to head along Grassy Creek Firetrail.
Keep left.
After another 2.5 km veer right, to head along Grassy Creek Firetrail.
After another 1.5 km (at the intersection of Grassy Creek Fire Trail & Grassy Creek Firetrail) turn right, to head along Grassy Creek Fire Trail.
After another 320 m cross the ford.
After another 470 m continue straight, to head along Grassy Creek Fire Trail.
After another 1.5 km (at the intersection of Bulls Flat Fire Trail & Grassy Creek Fire Trail) continue straight, to head along Grassy Creek Fire Track.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. An optional side trip to another historic landmark, the Lutton\'s Crutching Shed. To start this optional side trip turn sharp left here. On returning from this side trip turn sharp left when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 3.2 km (at the intersection of Grass Creek Fire Trail & Grassy Creek Fire Track) veer right, to head along Grass Creek Fire Trail.
After another 430 m (at the intersection of Bulls Flat Fire Track & Grass Creek Fire Trail) veer left, to head along Grass Creek Fire Trail.
After another 155 m come to the end.

An optional but recommended side trip to the historic Waterholes Hut, with some old sheep yards and horse stalls around it.
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Waterholes Firetrail & Grassy Creek Firetrail Start heading along Waterholes Firetrail (a vehicle track).
After another 770 m come to the end.
About 25 m past the end is "Waterhole Hut".
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 770 m to the main route.

An optional side trip to another historic landmark, the Lutton\'s Crutching Shed.
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Grassy Creek Fire Track & Grass Creek Fire Trail Start heading along Sams Creek Fire Track (a vehicle track).
After another 620 m (at the intersection of Sams Creek Fire Track & Sams Creek Fire Trail) veer left, to head along Sams Creek Fire Trail.
After another 225 m come to the end.
About 45 m past the end is "Lutons Crutching Shed".
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 850 m to the main route.
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Terrain
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Grassy Creek Fire Trail


Grading
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 13.9 km
Time 3 h 30 min to 6 h
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 Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)

Some facilities on route
Toilet: There is one 1.4 km from the start.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Toilet
1.4 km[toilet]
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