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Published June 24th 2020
A visit to this Southern Highlands iconic landmark is a must
Located in the Southern Highlands region, approximately 1.5 hours drive from Sydney CBD; Mount Gibraltar Reserve provides astounding views of Country New South Wales as well as nature walks, making it the perfect city escape.
The State Heritage Listed Mount Gibraltar Reserve is nestled between the townships of Bowral and Mittagong and sits at 863 metres. It is a collapsed volcanic core that encompasses of impressive 320 acres (130 hectares) of hardened rock, called Mount Gibraltar Trachyte or micro-syenite.
150-million-years ago the rock pushed through the Hawkesbury Sandstone forming a high mountain which is now largely eroded away due to the wind and water. Today this iconic landmark is the highest point between the Illawarra Coast and the Great Dividing Range and is home to four main Lookouts and several excellent walking trails.
It is also an area of restored natural forest, conservation site for wildlife, and a charming area for quiet recreation. The native plants, wildlife, rocks and timber are all protected.
In addition to Mount Gibraltar Reserve being listed on the State Heritage Register for its historical and natural significance, it also holds particular importance for being the highest points between Sydney and Canberra.
The Heritage Quarries Walking Track passes two disused heritage trachytes quarries and leads up to Bowral Lookout, via the Stone Stairway.
Four main Lookouts also call home at Mount Gibraltar Reserve. Each Lookout offer awe-inspiring views of country New South Wales and beyond. Lookouts include Bowral Lookout, Mittagong Lookout, Mount Jellore Lookout, and Oxley View Lookout.
From 1886-1986 Mount Gibraltar Reserve was quarried for stone to build grand public buildings. The scars of the quarry commemorate a significant part of the history in the region, with quarrying being one of the area's early industries.