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Published August 17th 2019
Mt Ainslie Lookout is home to picture-perfect views of ACT
Spectacular views of Parliament House, Anzac Parade, Lake Burley Griffin and the ACT's beautiful mountain ranges from the Lookout

Mount Ainslie Lookout sits in the spectacular 640 hectares (1,581 acres) Mount Ainslie Nature Reserve and is framed by picturesque scenery which consists of mountain ranges and breathtaking views.

Mount Ainslie Lookout can be easily reached from Canberra's city centre by walking, cycling or drive.

Stairs leading down to the viewing platform

Mount Ainslie Lookout offers tranquillity, beauty and is home to an abundance of native birdlife and wildlife, and of course, impressive views.

Telstra Tower and Black Mountain views from the Lookout

Lake Burley Griffin, Anzac Parade, and Parliament House are some of the attractions visible from the Lookout.

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.

The Kokoda Memorial Trail from the Lookout

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.

Wildlife includes migrating birds who use these areas to forage, habitat, and as a movement corridor linking the Majura Valley to the Molonglo River.

Bird spotting from the Lookout

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.

There are picnic tables available at the Lookout.

Enjoy a tranquil picnic with a view

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Why? A View of Canberra & beyond
When: All year round
Phone: 13 22 81
Where: 20 Mount Ainslie Dr, Australian Capital Territory
Cost: Free
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