The Aboriginal word given to the mountains south-west of Canberra, Namadgi is a stunning national park that offers hikers a diverse landscape to explore, from snow-capped summits to rich historical trails.
45 minutes away from Canberra, one of the standout highlights of Namadgi National Park is the Stockyard Spur track, which is a great way to get acquainted with hiking in the snow as it reaches 1,700 metres above sea level. It's a good idea to take someone with previous winter hiking experience with you, otherwise this is a good hike in the warmer months for less experienced hikers.
Forming a part of the Australian Alpine Walking Track, this usually takes about 8 hours all up and is popular, so ideally get in early. The trail is obvious at the start (with the first two kilometres considerably steep) but markers become less common towards the summit, which can be made harder after snowfalls when the path becomes less clear.
A great hike in summer, but an even better one on a sunny spring day when there is a bit of snow at the top.