Farrer Ridge Nature Reserve

Farrer Ridge Nature Reserve panorama

About

About

Farrer Ridge Nature Reserve

Farrer Ridge Nature Reserve, part of Canberra Nature Park, is a 195 hectare reserve featuring a gentle ridge forming a boundary between the Woden and Tuggeranong valleys. The reserve is popular for walking, cycling and dog walking as well as horse riding on identified trails.

The reserve protects endangered Yellow Box-Blakely’s Red Gum Grassy Woodland and rocky areas support the nationally vulnerable Pink-tailed Worm-lizard (Aprasia parapulchella).

Farrer Ridge is one of several reserves that form a large forest/woodland area in south Canberra.

Dogs are allowed on leash.

Activities

  • Nature appreciation
  • Bird watching
  • Walking
  • Mountain bike riding (on management tracks only)
  • Horse riding (on designated trails only)
  • Dogs are allowed on leash.
Heritage

Heritage

Cultural Landscape – A continuing connection to country

Aboriginal people lived in and managed the landscape in this region for thousands of years and have maintained a connection to the land to the present day. Generations of Aboriginal people have cared for Country, and have been sustained, physically and spiritually through their relationship with the land, waterways and cosmology.

Traditional Custodians have actively managed the landscape through activities such ‘fire stick farming’ and selectively cultivating certain plants, which created the landscapes first seen by explorers and pastoral settlers.

Continuation of knowledge

Traditionally, the local Ngunnawal people shared knowledge and responsibility for Caring for Country. Today, this cultural knowledge continues to be passed down to younger generations and has a role to play in the management of ACT reserves. Aboriginal community organisations and the Murumbung Rangers in the ACT Parks and Conservation Service run cultural activities to educate the wider community about the cultural landscape, heritage values and land conservation practices.

Visit Murumbung Yurung Murra cultural activities to find out more about participating in cultural activities or attend a cultural tour with a local Traditional Custodian.

Heritage sites

The reserve protects three Aboriginal heritage sites including stone artefacts, occurring individually and in small scatters on the surface, and a number of areas are likely to contain further Aboriginal heritage sites.

These sites are of cultural significance to Traditional Custodians, linking generations of Aboriginal people over time, and they are also of archaeological significance as an important source of information on the history of the reserve and the ACT region.

Sites are listed on the ACT Heritage Register. If cultural artefacts are found they must not be disturbed to prevent a breach of the ACT Government Heritage Act 2004.

Historic Heritage

Pastoral settlers came to the Canberra region in the 1820s. The remains of a cottage on the western side of Farrer Ridge is known as the Grady's house.

Ecology

Ecology

Vegetation communities and associations

The vegetation on Farrer Ridge is primarily grassy woodland with a diverse and high quality woodland understorey. The reserve protects Yellow Box-Blakely’s Red Gum Grassy Woodland and Peppermint Gum Woodland.

Plants – Land of diversity

The reserve protects populations of the endangered Small Purple Pea (Swainsona recta) and Hoary Sunray (Leucochrysum albicans)

There are relatively large populations of Blue Grass Lily (Caesia caliantha), Chamomile Burr Daisy (Calotis anthemoides), Golden Weather Grass (Hypoxis hygrometrica var. villosisepala), Notched Swansons-pea (Swainsona behriana), Narrow Plantain (Plantago gaudichaudii), Green-comb Spider Orchid (Caladenia atrovespa), and Slender Wire Lily (Laxmania gracilis).

The reserve is major habitat for nine regionally rare plants including Flatfruit Clubsedge (Isolepis platycarpa) and Pink Caps Orchid (Stegostyla congesta).

Animals – Home to many

Farrer Ridge provides habitat for a population of the nationally vulnerable Pink-tailed Worm-lizard (Aprasia parapulchella)and much of the reserve is of value as woodland bird habitat.

ParkCare

Friends of Farrer Ridge ParkCare conducts regular activities such as weeding, tree planting and maintenance, interpretive walks and mapping of rabbit warrens. For further information visit the ParkCare Initiative page.

Directions

Directions

Farrer Ridge Nature Reserve is accessible from Sulwood Drive and Erindale Drive on the south side, and from numerous points in Farrer.

Note: If you have difficulty accessing the information in this map please contact Access Canberra on 13 22 81.

Download a PDF map

About Canberra Nature Park

The ACT Parks and Conservation Service is responsible for managing Canberra Nature Park. Canberra Nature Park is made up of over 35 reserves ranging from bushland hills to some of the best examples of lowland native grassland and endangered ecological community of Yellow Box-Red Gum Grassy Woodland left in Australia.

Volunteering

The management of Canberra Nature Park is greatly assisted by a group of volunteers called ParkCare. ParkCare volunteers undertake a variety of activities including seed collection, plant propagation, tree planting, weed removal, erosion control, vegetation mapping and recording, water quality monitoring, raising community awareness and the maintenance and restoration of heritage places.

Caring for Ngunnawal Country

The ACT Government acknowledges the Ngunnawal people as Traditional Custodians of the Canberra region, and their continuing sense of responsibility to preserve the spirit and stories of their ancestors throughout the landscape. Cultural values are also living and current, as much as an appreciation of the past. For more information visit Caring for Ngunnawal Country.

Canberra Nature Map

Report rare and endangered plant sightings via the Canberra Nature Map.

Heritage

For more information on heritage tracks, visit Canberra Tracks which is a network of heritage signage that incorporates six self-drive routes leading to many of Canberra’s historic sites.

Prescribed burns

The ACT Parks and Conservation Service conducts prescribed burns throughout Canberra Nature Park.

More information and feedback

For more information or to provide feedback, contact Access Canberra on 13 22 81 or complete an online feedback form.