McQuoids Hill Nature Reserve

Trees on hillside at McQuoids Hill Nature Reserve



Wanniassa Hills Nature Reserve photo

McQuoids Hill Nature Reserve is a 56 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 trails 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 marked equestrian trails)
  • Lookout
  • Walking trails

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 as ‘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, introduced annual species and some shrubs.


A small patch of the nationally vulnerable Pale Pomaderris (Pomaderris pallida) occurs near the summit. The reserve also supports small populations of Pale Flax Lily (Dianella longifolia) and Silky Swainson-pea (Swainsona sericea).


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 37 nature 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.