If you are feeling adventurous, Mount Ainslie Lookout is a gateway as well as a starting point to many Canberra Tracks. Some of the Tracks include the Mt Ainslie Summit Trail (starting at the Australian War Memorial) and the Kokoda Memorial Trail featuring various memorials and plaques along the Trail. The monuments and plaques represent the Kokoda Track in Papua New Guinea where Australian and Japanese forces clashed during WWII.
A map of one of the Walking Tracks that can be accessed from Mount Ainslie Lookout
Mount Ainslie Reserve is part of the traditional home of the Ngunnawal Aboriginal people and is an essential Aboriginal cultural place in the Australian Capital Territory with up to 31 Aboriginal heritage sites of cultural and archaeological significance.
This connected landscape is part of an ancient ecosystem that once was widespread from the northern end of New South Wales down to Victoria. It is a vital part of a vast region of Yellow Box-Red-Gum grassy woodland in the north of Australian Capital Territory.
It is also home to many threatened species of plants and animals, including the regionally declining woodland birds. It has a diversity of wildflowers both endangered woodland and forest areas, such as rare plants like the Canberra Spider Orchid and Hoary Sunray.
Threatened Glossy Black-Cockatoos are often spotted in the Reserve and near the Lookout. The rare and vulnerable Rosenberg's Goanna is also sometimes seen wandering through the diverse understory and Lookout.
The pathway from the carpark to Mount Ainslie Lookout
With awe-inspiring panoramic views, the winding road to the Lookout makes it all worthwhile! Don't forget the camera and pack a picnic to experience a fantastic day out admiring Canberra and its surrounding views and the many nature walks from the Lookout.