Around town: Mount Ainslie
28 February 2018
Mount Ainslie, just a hop, skip and jump from Metropol, provides one of Canberra’s most picturesque sunset views. Venture up and as well as a beautiful sky, you’ll experience stunning and harmonious 360-degree views of the city, lake and national attractions framed by the Brindabella ranges. See for yourself how architect Walter Burley Griffin’s plan for Canberra has come to life and discover this site of natural and cultural significance.
The mountain is an important cultural place to the Ngunnawal people of the ACT and the reserve’s 640 hectares contain around 31 Aboriginal heritage sites of cultural and archaeological significance. The area also provides sanctuary to numerous threatened or endangered species of flora and fauna, including the Canberra Spider Orchid and Hoary Sunray and the Glossy Black Cockatoo, which is occasionally seen eating from the Drooping She-Oak in the reserve. Rosenberg’s Goanna can also be seen every now and again wandering through the woodland’s understorey.
Together with its neighbours, Mount Majura and Mount Pleasant reserves, Mount Ainslie is a popular spot for bushwalking and mountain biking, and is part of the ACT Government’s Canberra Tracks heritage trails.
To get to the west of the reserve from Metropol, drive along Ainslie and Limestone avenues into the back of the suburb of Ainslie, or head east on Limestone Avenue to the Australian War Memorial car park by turning left into Treloar Crescent.
[photo: Marc Anderson, Glossy Black Cockatoo]