About Mount Ainslie
The Ainslie Mount is one of the few mountains in the region and because of that is often visited. It borders on the inner suburbs of Campbell, Ainslie and Hackett and it is also called Mount Ainslie-Majura. The mount was named after James Ainslie, a 19th century settler who was the overseer on Duntroon, a large property in the area. The Ainslie Mount, together with Taylor Mount, forms a great panorama which delights your eyes with its beauty. This Mount is an 840 m peak which is immediately to the north of The Australian War Memorial. Mount Ainslie lies on an axis intersecting the Australian war Memorial, ANZAC Parade and Parliament House. Mount Ainslie is accessible by road and walking trails.
The Mount Ainslie is a perfect place for adventurous people. Here you can do a lot of activities. The Mount opens a really breathtaking panorama. It also has a lookout area surmounted by a rotating aircraft beacon on the summit which stands 842 meters above sea level and provides scenic views across the city and surrounding country within the Australian Capital Territory and beyond to New South Wales (NSW). The walking trail which leads from the back of the Australian War Memorial is well maintained with steps and is paved, and is often used. The trail has a number of plaques commemorating the battles fought in World War II in the Kokoda Trail in Papua New Guinea, with the plaques set out as though it was on the Kokoda Trail. A quarry is located around 200 meters from the peak. The summit can be reached by either a well trodden path or by a road way which winds its way to the top viewing area. From the top viewing area, the ambitious, audacious and sheer scale of the plan for Canberra by American architect Burley Griffin is immediately apparent.
The main activities that you can do on the Mount
The Mount hosts almost the entire city including the yet to be flooded Lake Burley Griffin, which is entirely man made and has an incredible design. Being close to the city centre, this Mount is a popular spot for walking. Mount Ainslie offers attractive views and an abundance of wildlife. Other attractions include nature trails, parrots, cockatoos and tranquil picnic spots. You’ll spend a great time on the mount, because, besides its beauty here you can see and appreciate the wildlife and the nature of this unbelievable mount.