ACT Field Trip: Namadgi National Park

Bushfire Recovery, followed by Christmas drinks
The ACT Division of Forestry Australia would like to invite you to upcoming field trip to Namadgi National Park for a reprise of the 2020 field trip from Corin Forest to Apollo Road.

This 4wd only field trip focuses on recovery after fire starting at the top of Smokers Trail from Corin Road down to the Orroral Link Road and Honeysuckle Campground. We will see the succession of regrowth from 2003 dead stags, 2003 advance growth, through to 2020 fire impact and regeneration.

Some notes on the hazard reduction burning history between 2003 and 2020 for different sections along Smokers Trail will be provided. ACT Parks & Conservation Service Fire Managers, Ecologists and Researchers will join to share their knowledge on the complex subject and practice of fire management in the Australian bushland. On this field trip we will see a number of eucalypt associations, fens, grasslands and their fire response, e.g. Alpine Ash, Snow Gum, Mountain Gum and Peppermint.

Field trip will be concluded with a Christmas social drinks event at the Honeysuckle Campground. This location is accessible by 2wd via the Apollo Road and members who are unable to make the field trip are most welcome to meet here for the drinks, from 4:30pm.

Date: Saturday 11 December 2021

12:45pm: Meet at the intersection of Corin Road and Smokers Trail
1:00pm – 4:30pm: Guided tour along Smokers Trail concluding at the Honeysuckle Campground
4:30pm – 6:00pm approx: Christmas Event, at Honeysuckle Campground

Transport: Access is via 4wd vehicle only. When registering please indicate if you have a 4wd and if you are willing to take additional passengers or if you will be a passenger in a friends 4wd. Only coming for drinks – then 2wd is fine along bitumen sealed Apollo Road to Honeysuckle Campground.
Food: BYO water, snacks, Esky and drinks.
Equipment: Hard hats and hi-vis vests and wear appropriate clothing and footwear. This field trip will require small amount of walking on uneven, steep and slippery ground. Walking boots or lace up shoes with good grip is essential.
Toilets: There are public toilets at the former Orroral Valley Tracking Station.
Please note: Plans may need to change if wet weather continues. If field trip is cancelled, Forestry Australia will issue a full refund (minus bank fees) to all non-members.

Registrations close: Wednesday 8 December at 10:00am. Registration will be limited to a maximum of 25 vehicles and 50 people.

Participation and COVID-19 safety
To participate in the field trip, you must:

  • not be feeling unwell or have any symptoms associated with COVID-19; For more information, click HERE
  • follow ACT Government COVID-19 directives and advice: Protect Yourself;
  • travel in your own 4WD vehicle or organise yourself to carpool with others, indicate when you register.
  • be willing to have your details recorded for contact tracing.

Forestry Australia Members: $0 | Non-Members: $25

Any questions?
Contact Peter Langdon
Mob: 0408 358 026.

Many thanks to staff of ACT Parks and Conservation for making the field trip possible.

To Register, Click HERE

Past Events

South East NSW Field Trip – Bombala District

Fire impacts on plantations, salvage logging, and the effectiveness of fire management strategies.
Date: Saturday 13 March
Time: 8:00am – 6:30pm
Meeting Point: Meeting Point: for those carpooling: ANU Fenner School Field Services @ 8am for those traveling directly: Bombala Park Amenities, Caravan Pk, Monaro Highway, Bombala @ 10.25am
Catering: BBQ lunch provided by Forestry Corp NSW
Cost: Free

Please note that this program is still being finalised and is subject to change. To download proposed program and meeting point map, click HERE
08:00am: Depart from ANU Fenner School Field Services (for those carpooling); behind John Yencken Bldg #45, off Sullivans Ck Road.
09:45am: Comfort/coffee stop – Nimmitabel
10:25am: Rendezvous Location- Bombala Park Amenities @ Caravan Park
10:30am: SITE 1: (SUBJECT TO CONFIRMATION) Dongwha Australia Sawmill Bombala (est drive time: 2 hrs south of Canberra)
12:00pm: LUNCH- BBQ @ Bondi Forest Lodge
12:45pm: SITE 2: Bondi Forest Lodge- Presentation of 2019/20 Fires and effect to softwood Resource in SE.
1:30pm: SITE 3: Tennyson – Fire Management- Effect of firebreaks and backburning. Settling the debate of their effectiveness.
2:45pm: SITE 4: Salvage Update- Lessons learnt from FCNSW statewide salvage operations
6:15pm: Return to ANU Fenner School Field Services (for those carpooling)

Walking Tour of the Australian Forestry School/ CSIRO Forestry Site, Yarralumla

Date: Sunday 11 October 2020
Time: 9.30am-12pm

The IFA/AFG and Friends of ACT Trees are hosting a guided walk around the former Australian Forestry School/ CSIRO Forestry Site on Sunday 11 October. The tour will focus on the heritage aspects of the site and include a tour of some or all of the heritage-listed buildings. Planning to redevelop the site is underway (see here) so this is a great opportunity to see the site for yourself and have your say on its future.
Bookings, including a contact phone number, are essential and should be emailed to by Friday 9 October. Meet at the car park at the rear of Forestry House, off Wilf Crane Crescent. Enquires about the event should be directed to Kim Wells, phone 6251 8308, or

You can read more about the history of the site and IFA/AFG engagement with the redevelopment proposals below.

Namadgi National Park Field Trip

19 September 2020

Click HERE to read report from the field trip.