It will take decades for the attractively rugged countryside around Canberra to fully recover from the awful 2003 bushfires that burned out two-thirds of the ACT, incinerating acres of forest and gutting more than five hundred homes. However, Australian native vegetation is generally fire-tolerant, and many of the visible scars are healed, making a visit to the Namadgi National Park, occupying almost half of the ACT, in the west and southwest, well worth considering. Its mountain ranges and high plains rise to 1900m, have a far more severe climate than low-lying Canberra, and give rise to the Cotter River and many smaller streams.

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