Well Station Track

This old pastoral road is today a popular walking track in the new suburb of Harrison. The surviving old farm with its out buildings juxtapose with the 21st century townhouses and schools.

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Why is this interesting?

This a remnant track from the late 1800s that connected the farms of Well Station and Gungaderra. It also extended through to the Campbell’s property at Duntroon and onto Gundaroo. The Well Station is one of the very early, but little known, rural properties to the north of the city. With all the developments taking place in the new suburb of Harrison, however, the history of this long-settled locality has become important to Canberra residents.

Until recently, it was known as the Well Station, because it had only one well on it. In the early days, a spring had been opened up, stoned all round and at one stage fitted with pumps. It provided good permanent water and was the pioneers’ main source of water until dams and water tanks were introduced later. More recently, an ‘s’ has been added to the name. However, no family by the name of Wells has ever owned or lived at Well Station.