Church Rock Heritage

1 h 15 min to 1 h 45 min

1.8 km

↑ 73 m
↓ -73 m

Easy track
Starting from the Flints car park off Tidbinbilla Reserve Road, Paddys River, this walk takes you on a historic circuit in the mixed eucalypt woodland of Tidbinbilla. Mainly focusing on the early life of Tidbinbilla, the journey lets you observe how life was back in the day. Near the toilets, you’ll come across some pine stumps. These were once big sturdy trees, planted by the early settlers to effectively break the wind. Next up is the Flints Homestead, where Sid and Annie Flint used to live. The Sheedy family also lived nearby, at their own homesite(1885-1890). At the time, Julia Sheedy was the only official woman landowner in the Valley. Besides the historic homesteads, there is a spire-like rock named Church Rock. It is believed to have had religious importance for the early Tidbinbilla community. Masses were held and priests would bring Catholic school children here to instruct them on religious matters. A pioneer of early Tidbinbilla, Mary Ann Green(1865-1911) would also bring her children for Sunday School tuition. You’ll probably run across some kangaroos and wallabies as you enjoy this stroll in nature. Keep in mind that the Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve requires a pass, which can be acquired daily or annual. 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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