Monday, April 17, 2017

Mount Franklin, Canberra

This post follows on from this one. This was our first stop on a return visit after exploring Bendora Dam and wanting to see Bendora Arbortetum. Located in the Namadgi National Park, forming part of the Brindabella Ranges and located near the NSW border, Mount Franklin has an elevation of 1,646 metres. The mountain is named after the Franklin family who once lived here with their daughter, Australian author of 'My Brilliant Career' [Stella Maria Sarah] Miles Franklin.

In 1938 a ski chalet was constructed to service the Canberra Alpine Club, with ski runs and improvised tows. The chalet operated as a museum for some time before being destroyed in the 2003 Canberra bushfires. In 2008 a new shelter was opened that was designed and built by students from the University of Adelaide The shelter serves as an interpretive centre and a base for park managers and emergency services personnel to conduct search and rescue operations in the event of future bushfires.

Stay tuned for images from our Aggie Gap walk and visit to Bendora Arboretum, in the meantime more Mount Franklin images can be seen here.

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