Black Mountain Summit Ramble


Black Mountain was declared a Nature Reserve by Hon Peter Nixon, Minister for the Interior on 23 July 1970, and the declaration was gazetted on 30 July 1970.

The Summit Walk, a joint initiative between the ACT Government, the Australian National Botanic Gardens (ANBG) and Telstra, was officially opened on 20 July 2000.

Summit Ramble - up and back

Sunday 29 July 2018, 9.30am (sharp) to 12.00 noon (approximately)

Meet: At the Visitor Centre, ANBG, and join Michael Doherty and an ANBG Guide for a ramble up the north-eastern slopes of Black Mountain to the summit. We will be talking about trees, shrubs and fire … and shall we see winter flowering and other plants?

Participants are welcome to walk up and back, but if you would prefer not to walk down, ask a friend to meet you at the top.

The Summit Walk has steep sections, so it is suitable for fit walkers (including children over the age of 12).

Cost: Gold coin donation

Bookings essential: Places are limited, please email your name and phone number to or phone Linda (0437 298 711) so that you can be contacted in case arrangements need to change (e.g. adverse weather).

Bring: Friends, water, snacks.

Wear: Sturdy shoes, hat, and sun cream …and remember winter woollies in case it is cold.

Black Mountain Symposium 2018


Friends of Black Mountain

To be opened by Mick Gentleman MLA
ACT Minister for Environment and Heritage

Friday 24 August

Saturday 25 August

9:00 for 9:30 am to 4:30 pm

Themed talks at CSIRO Discovery Centre

Followed by wine and cheese

9:30 am to 12:00 noon

Themed walks in Black Mountain Nature Reserve

Natural environment themes

Diversity and ecology of plants, mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates, and fire ecology.

Cultural environment themes

Colonial and national uses; a place of protest, recreation, education and scientific endeavour.


Symposium talks $55 (fully catered)

Wine and cheese option $10

Guided walk $5


Registration online and program will be available at


Black Mt spring wildflower ramble

47th Black Mountain spring wildflower ramble

Saturday 13 October 2018 - 9.30am sharp to 12noon or later

Location Belconnen Way entry just before Caswell Drive turnoff - watch for balloons

Celebrate the spring flowering on beautiful Black Mountain with a social ramble for wildflower lovers in the tradition established by Nancy Burbidge, and continued by George Chippendale. Discover the surprising diversity of tiny orchids, bush peas, wattles and billy buttons on easy bush tracks with experienced guides and good company. All springs are not the same. The pattern remains but timing and abundance vary with the weather. Friends of Black Mountain welcomes all comers, be they experts or those who have never slowed down to see the somewhat cryptic diversity. We plan several guides, with helpers, who will take different directions.

BYO morning tea, water, hat, sunblock and stout shoes.

BOOKING ESSENTIAL to ensure we have enough guides.

Contact or Linda 0437 298 711

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