I’d heard mention of this mysterious place ‘Palmerville’ before, but it seemed like it was too far away, too obscure, to be worth the visit. When I learned it was not only just on Owen Dixon Drive but allowed dogs off leash, I put in the effort to investigate it further. And wow, was I rewarded. Palmerville Heritage Park is now a staple in our lives.
Palmerville Heritage Park is and has a lot of things.
It’s a dog park.
It’s got some incredibly old oak trees.
It’s got Ginninderra Creek.
It’s the site of one of the earliest European settlements in the area, and signs which explain what happened here (convicts! and a drowning).
There’s a memorial forest, where each tree planted is dedicated to someone who has passed away.
There’s also a decent, flat path which is wheelchair (including motorised) and kids-learning-to-ride friendly. If you prefer, there’s an easy circuit of the area which takes you over a small bridge, through dense forest and into open space in just a few hundred metres.
I love walking in Palmerville.
But there’s someone who loves it even more than me:
At times, there’s a real sense of magic here, particularly in the early evening.
Time required: This is a really short and easy walk, but it’s not about rushing it.
Height: None – the walk is flat.
Distance: As short as a few hundred metres along the well defined path; probably 1.7km circuit
Views: None, but lovely all the same
Flora and fauna excitement level: Medium – this is a really lovely area for unusual flora, and there’s plenty of amphibious and bird wildlife here. I love walking past the creek and hearing the frogs croaking. One huge warning: if you’ve got a dog that loves running into creeks, or even if you think you don’t… well, this is the place where it’s gonna happen.
Effort expended: Low
Quality of track: High for the well-defined path; the not-well defined path is not really a track but there is a clear loop around the park
Value for effort: High
Date: Numerous / often!
Where: Enter via Owen Dixon Drive and basically the corner of it and William Slim
Worthwhile factor: Highly worthwhile
Want more? Just get there and see it for yourself!
- Canberra Centenary Trail – Section 4 (Lake Ginninderra to Gungahlin) (inthetaratory.wordpress.com)
- Canberra Centenary Trail – Section 1 (Mt Majura to Mt Ainslie) (inthetaratory.wordpress.com)
- A Canberra stop over (heikeherrling.com)
- The Best Café’s in Canberra (actisap.wordpress.com)
- A farewell to Canberra (thepolymathexchange.wordpress.com)
- Canberra Nara Candle Festival (inthetaratory.wordpress.com)
- Kayaking Lake Burley Griffin (theblacktwig.wordpress.com)
- Centenary Martini 2013 (canberramartini.com)