Territory and Municipal Services are putting the word out about their Settler’s Track in Namadgi National Park:
“All types of structures, from the bark shelters of the earliest pioneers to mud huts and weatherboard cottages, were all once represented at Namadgi, and there are still many tangible reminders of Canberra’s pastoral history for us to experience and enjoy,” said Brett McNamara, Manager of Operations, National Parks and Catchments.
“Why not combine an outstanding heritage homestead experience with a meander through the beautiful bush setting of Namadgi.
“If you follow the Settlers Track you pass three cultural heritage sites all on the one walk, taking you back to the 19th and 20th centuries and allowing you to discover how early European settlers lived in the region.
“The rustic Brayshaws Homestead is the first stop on the walk along Settlers Track, a moderate nine kilometre, three and a half hour return walk taking you along a marked trail.
“Brayshaws Homestead was built in 1903 and was the home of David Brayshaw. David’s nephew and his wife Roma occupied the house after David’s death in 1931, and Roma added a few domestic comforts to the home. Sections of the newspaper she lined the walls of the home with to keep out the draughts are still visible today.
“The next stop on Settlers Track is Waterhole Hut, one of eight stockmen’s huts found in Namadgi. Although simple, with originally only one room and a dirt floor, it met the accommodation and shelter needs of the stock workers who stayed there.
“Settlers Track also takes in Westerman’s Homestead, a five room wooden cottage, and the last stop on the pleasant loop walk.”
[Photo Brayshaws Homestead and Horse Gully Hut]