McQuoids Hill Nature Reserve

Trees on hillside at McQuoids Hill Nature Reserve



Wanniassa Hills Nature Reserve photo

McQuoids Hill  Nature Reserve is a 62 hectare steep hill located in the west of the  Tuggeranong Valley. The reserve offers scenic views of the Murrumbidgee River.

The reserve contains  woodland which provides habitat for woodland birds and supports the nationally vulnerable  pink-tailed worm lizard. Much of the reserve has nationally endangered yellow box-red gum grassy woodland and there are a few  regionally rare plants including pale pomaderris.

There are a number of management  tracks in the reserve and the National Bicentennial Trail passes through the  western side of the reserve for horse riders. The trails are very challenging  due to the steep slope.


  • Horse riding (only on designated trails)
  • Lookout
  • Walking tails

Dogs and other pets are not allowed  in the reserve.



Cultural heritage values

The ACT has a long and rich Aboriginal history, extending  from the present day back at least 25,000 years. Over this time, generations of  Aboriginal people have cared for Country, and have been sustained, physically  and spiritually, through their relationship with the land.  Traditional  Custodians have also actively managed the landscape for thousands of years,  through activities such ‘fire stick farming’ and selectively cultivating  certain plants, which created the landscapes first seen by European explorers  and settlers.  European settlement of the Tuggeranong district dates back  to the 1820s, and since that time the lands of the reserve have primarily been  used for grazing.



Vegetation communities  and associations

The majority of the reserve  protects yellow box-red gum grassy woodland with a grass and shrub  understory. There is scattered secondary grassland which is primarily  dominated by kangaroo grass (Themeda  triandra) in the south and  south-east, and by red grass (Bothriochloa macra) and spear grasses (Austrostipa  spp.) in the north-east and west.

The north-eastern slopes were  cleared of trees before the area became nature reserve. Native perennial  grasses have largely been retained but are sparse. The majority of rocky area  in the south-west is covered in dense grassland which is dominated by phalaris (Phalaris aquatica) with scattered native perennial  grasses and introduced annual species and some shrubs.


A small patch of the nationally vulnerable pale pomaderris (Pomaderris pallid) occurs near the  summit.

The reserve also supports small populations of yellow burr-daisy (Calotis lappulacea), pale flax lily (Dianella  longifolia), pink five corners (Styphelia triflora), sickle  fern (Pellaea falcata), silky  swainson-pea (Swainsona sericea) and tick bBush (Indigofera adesmiifolia).


A range of habitat is present  for woodland birds, with nesting sites of threatened bird species identified.  Pink-tailed worm lizard (Aprasia  parapulchella) has been found in rocky areas in the reserve.



McQuoids Hill Nature Reserve is accessible off Kambah Pool Road.

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About Canberra Nature Park

Canberra Nature Park is made up of over 35 reserves ranging from bushland hills to some of the best examples of lowland native grassland and endangered ecological community of Yellow Box-Red Gum Grassy Woodland left in Australia. The ACT Parks and Conservation Service is responsible for managing Canberra Nature Park. For more information visit the Canberra Nature Park webpage.


The management of Canberra Nature Park is greatly assisted by a group of volunteers called ParkCare. ParkCare volunteers undertake a variety of activities including seed collection, plant propagation, tree planting, weed removal, erosion control, vegetation mapping and recording, water quality monitoring, raising community awareness and the maintenance and restoration of heritage places.

For more information visit ParkCare

Caring for Ngunnawal Country

The ACT Government acknowledges the Ngunnawal people as Traditional Custodians of the Canberra region, and their continuing sense of responsibility to preserve the spirit and stories of their ancestors throughout the landscape. Cultural values ;are also living and current, as much as an appreciation of the past. For more information visit Caring for Ngunnawal Country.

Canberra Nature Map

Report rare and endangered plant sightings via the Canberra Nature Map.


For more information on heritage tracks, visit Canberra Tracks which is a network of heritage signage that incorporates six self-drive routes leading to many of Canberra’s historic sites.

Prescribed burns

The ACT Parks and Conservation Service conducts prescribed burns throughout Canberra Nature Park.

More information and feedback

For more information or to provide feedback, contact Access Canberra on 13 22 81 or complete an online feedback form.