Starting from Square Rock Car Park, Paddys River, this walk goes through the woodlands of Namadgi National Park to Square Rock and back, passing by Smokers Flat along the way. When you make it to the top, prepare to be dazzled by the colossal rock formations and amazing views over Paddys River region. This walk is particularly gorgeous when snowing, with the chance of seeing beautiful wildflowers pierce through the white blanket. That being said, the cliffs are not fenced so be careful throughout the track. Additionally, the phone signal is close to non-existent, so plan accordingly. 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.
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 6.5 km
Turn left onto Corin Road and drive for another 13 km
Keep left and drive for another 30 m
Keep right and drive for another 55 m
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started From The Square Rock Car Park off Corin Road, pass through the logs used as bollards to join the well formed dirt/ravel track. Head up the constructed steps and follow the track as it leads you into the woodland to continue along Square Rock Track.....
Directions & comments
After another 2.3 km (at the intersection of Square Rock Track & Smokers Gap Link Track) veer right, to head along Square Rock Track.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. A side trip to Orroral Valley Lookout, which is a good way to make the experience more complete. 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 1.3 km (at the intersection of Square Rock Track & Orroral Valley lookout sidetrip) continue straight, to head along Square Rock Track.
(Square Rock) Continue another 990 m to find the end. Then turn around here and retrace the main route for 4.6 km to get back to the start.
A side trip to Orroral Valley Lookout, which is a good way to make the experience more complete.
Directions & comments
At the intersection of Square Rock Track & Orroral Valley lookout sidetrip Start heading along Orroral Valley lookout sidetrip (a walking track).
Continue another 490 m to find Orroral Valley Lookout at the end.
"Orroral Valley Lookout".
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 490 m to the main route.
Know the Hills, grading & facilities
Square Rock Track
2 h 45 min to 4 h 30 min
Quality of track
Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Very steep (4/6)
Minimal directional signs (4/6)
Limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged) (4/6)
Moderate level of bushwalking experience recommended (4/6)