Canberrans embrace new Gibraltar Peak walking trail


Released 03/05/2012

The new Gibraltar Peak walking trail at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve has been hugely popular in its first month with over 400 walkers having undertaken the scenic 13 kilometre loop since its opening on 15 April, Manager of Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, Stephen Alegria, said today.

"The trail provides a route to Gibraltar Peak, through the valley floor and across mountain saddles, to the distinctive rocky outcrop that provides some of the best views in Canberra," Mr Alegria said.

"The trail was designed using ecological and sustainable principles that reduce the amount of maintenance and erosion. Steps forming part of the trail were sourced from material onsite ensuring they are in keeping with the surrounding landscape.

"The construction of steps on the trail also used materials found onsite.

"There are numerous vantage points and a viewing platform has also been built near the summit. A toilet block and interpretative signage will be installed in coming months.

"The new trail replaces the former access to Gibraltar Peak which was via a steep management road. It means that visitors to Tidbinbilla and the many school groups staying at Birrigai can now safely and easily reach the summit.

"Tidbinbilla offers a great selection of other walking tracks suitable for a range of skill levels such as the easy rated 2.5 kilometre Church Rock Heritage Loop to the hard 11.6 kilometre Camel's Hump trail.

"Visitors to Tidbinbilla are reminded to prepare for their bushwalk by ensuring they have appropriate clothing and sufficient food and water should they be delayed by a change of weather.

"The Gibraltar Peak walking trail has a bushwalk register that visitors are strongly encouraged to use," Mr Alegria said.

For further information contact 6205 1233 or visit www.tidbinbilla.com.au

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