Farrer Ridge Nature Reserve
Farrer Ridge Nature Reserve, part of Canberra Nature Park, is a 185 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.
- Nature appreciation
- Bird watching
- Mountain bike riding (on management trails only)
- Horse riding (on marked equestrian trails only)
- Dogs are allowed on leash.
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 as ‘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.
The reserve protects three known Aboriginal heritage sites including stone artefacts, occurring individually and in small scatters on the surface, and is likely to contain further as yet unrecorded 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.
All Aboriginal places and objects in the ACT are protected under the Heritage Act 2004 and must not be disturbed. Anyone finding an (unregistered) Aboriginal object or place has an obligation to report it to the Heritage Council.
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.
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 Behr’s Swainsons-pea (Swainsona behriana) and Green-comb Spider Orchid (Caladenia atrovespa).
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.
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.
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.
About Canberra Nature Park
Canberra Nature Park is made up of 37 nature 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. The ACT Parks and Conservation Service is responsible for managing Canberra Nature Park. For more information visit the Canberra Nature Park webpage.
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.
For more information visit ParkCare
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.
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.
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.