The closest suburb to the trailhead is Jerrabomberra, NSW
Trailhead car park just up Jerrabomberra Hill road which is off Halloran Drive, Jerrabomberra NSW
Trail head car park just up Jerrabomberra Hill Road which is off Halloran Drive, Jerrabomberra NSW
Mount Jerrabomberra is located just on the NSW side of the NSW/Australian Capital Territory border. The lookout at the summit which is your destination provides excellent views over the NSW city of Queanbeyan but given the shape of the hill and the treed slopes, views from the summit aren’t only where this walk really shines – views provided on the way back down are superb. This mountain is well isolated and adjacent to a large open grassy plain and you get to see the nearby ACT summits of Black Mountain, Mount Ainslie and Mount Majura, as well as views out towards the distant Brindabellas.
The walk starts in a small car park at the trailhead located in the residential suburb of Jerrabomberra. Park in the car park and enter through the gap in the gate before taking a left turn up the hill. You will come to a T intersection a few hundred metres in and at this point you’ll again take a left turn and follow the management road past a large water tank (on the left) all the way up to the upper water tanks that sit not far from the summit. There is a water bubbler at this intersection which is a rarity on walking trails in this region. The other thing worth noting about this walk is that the management road which makes up most of this walk, is the best I have seen in the Canberra region; it was smooth and well maintained at least on the day we did this walk.
As you approach the summit you will see a series of obvious stone steps that will take you the last short distance to the lookout that sits on the edge of the summit with the high point containing a cellular phone tower. The lookout has a small metal viewing platform, seating and descriptive viewing information that highlights the main features of Queanbeyan below.
The return route back down the mountain can either be back down the stairs or for a bit of difference you can walk past the cellular tower and head back down on the management road. This descent will take you back to the base of the stairs where you will return to the car park the way you came. The descent provides some excellent views through breaks in the trees at various points on the way down.
The birdlife on the walk was everywhere and in addition the occasional wallaby can be spotted just off the side of the track but only if you pay attention. The vegetation on this trail also has a very different feel to it than other walks I have done in this region and I was amazed at the changes you can get within a relatively small region.
This summit walk is well worth doing and in talking to hikers who live in the area and use this mountain for their local walks, there are lots of opportunities to explore the rest of the reserve via side tracks and alternate walks.
Trail signage. Dogs are allowed on a leash. While they would prefer you to take rubbish away there is a bin at the trailhead car park
Through the gate at the trailhead
Then veer left
Head up the hill
Bush off the side of the trail
Turn left at the T intersection
Keep right as you head up the hill. Left at this point will take you down to a service area
View to the summit (phone tower). This road is in unbelievably good condition
There is a lot of birdlife on the trail including the familiar magpies
Water tanks just below the summit
Water bubbler on the trail near the water tanks, just below the summit
Up the stairs
Stairs up to the summit
Seating at the summit – there are a couple of options here
Views over Queanbeyan
Interpretation signage at the summit
Views over the city of Queanbeyan from the lookout at the summit of Mount Jerrabomberra
Great views through the trees
Cell phone tower just behind the lookout
You can either head back down the stairs the way you came or avoid the stairs by using the road which will take you back to the junction at the water bubbler
View down through the trees to the next road
Look closely – there is a wallaby in the grass
Views to Black Mountain in Canberra looking over the lower water tank
Views to Mount Ainslie and Mount Majura
Views to Hume industrial estate and the Brindabella mountains in the background
Turn off to the right
Back to the car park
The main trailhead car park is just up Jerrabomberra Hill Road which is off Halloran Drive, Jerrabomberra NSW. This trailhead is around 20 km from the Canberra GPO and around a 25 minute drive
Trailhead and car park. This car park isn’t huge but will fit around 8 cars
This walk was undertaken by the team from Australian Hiker