Mount Mugga Mugga Nature Reserve
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Mount Mugga Mugga Nature Reserve, part of Canberra Nature Park, is a 148 hectare reserve in the Woden Valley. The Mount Mugga Mugga ridgeline connects with Red Hill and Isaacs Ridge nature reserves and offers great views of the Jerrabomberra and Woden valleys.
The reserve protects Yellow Box-Blakely’s Red Gum Grassy Woodland and provides habitat for the vulnerable Pink-tailed Worm Lizard (Aprasia parapulchella), Perunga Grasshopper (Perunga ochracea) and woodland birds. A mature stand of Drooping She-oak (Allocasuarina verticillata) is important as a potential food source for the vulnerable Glossy Black-cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus lathami).
The reserve’s northern slope retains historic 1917-1922 plantings of Argyle Apple (Eucalyptus cinerea), White Box (Eucalyptus albens) and Golden Wattle (Acacia pycnantha).
The Centenary Trail passes through the reserve.
- Nature appreciation
- Bird watching
- Dogs are allowed on leash
- Mountain bike riding/cycling (only on management trails and marked Centenary Trail)
Cultural Landscape – A continuing connection to country
Aboriginal people lived in and managed the landscape in this region for thousands of years and have maintained a connection to the land to the present day. Generations of Aboriginal people have cared for Country, and have been sustained, physically and spiritually through their relationship with the land, waterways and cosmology.
Traditional Custodians have actively managed the landscape through activities such as ‘fire stick farming’ and selectively cultivating certain plants, which created the landscapes first seen by explorers and pastoral settlers.
Continuation of knowledge
Traditionally, the local Ngunnawal people shared knowledge and responsibility for Caring for Country. Today, this cultural knowledge continues to be passed down to younger generations and has a role to play in the management of ACT reserves. Aboriginal community organisations and the Murumbung Rangers in the ACT Parks and Conservation Service run cultural activities to educate the wider community about the cultural landscape, heritage values and land conservation practices.
The reserve protects several known Aboriginal heritage sites including stone artefacts, occurring individually and in small scatters on the surface, and it is likely that other as yet unrecorded sites also occur.
These sites are of cultural significance to Traditional Custodians, linking generations of Aboriginal people over time, and they are also of archaeological significance as an important source of information on the history of the reserve and the ACT region.
All Aboriginal places and objects in the ACT are protected under the Heritage Act 2004 and must not be disturbed. Anyone finding an (unregistered) Aboriginal object or place has an obligation to report it to the Heritage Council.
As part of a scheme by Walter Burley Griffin to revegetate denuded hills around Canberra, in 1918 Mount Mugga was planted with Argyle Apple (Eucalyptus cinerea), under the supervision of Chief Nurseryman, Charles Weston. Weston also planted Golden Wattle (Acacia pycnantha) and White Box (E. albens) from 1917 to 1922 and both species are flourishing within the reserve.
Vegetation communities and associations
The reserve is dominated by modified Yellow Box-Blakely’s Red Gum Grassy Woodland, which provides habitat for woodland birds. There is one significant stand of the Drooping She-oak (Allocasuarina verticillata) in the north and east of the reserve, which is important as a potential food source for the threatened Glossy Black Cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus lathami). On drier, rockier slopes Broad-leaved Peppermint (E. dives) and Scribbly Gum (E. rossii) are common, while Apple Box (E. bridgesiana) is dominant on the eastern slope.
Plants – Land of diversity
Silky Swainsons-pea (Swainsona sericea), rare in the ACT, is found in the reserve.
Animals – Home to many
The reserve is habitat for woodland birds including the Diamond Firetail (Stagonopleura guttata) and Speckled Warbler (Pyrrholaemus saggitatus), and there are records of vulnerable Little Eagle (Hieraaetus morphnoides) nesting sites.
The vulnerable Pink-tailed Worm Lizard (Aprasia parapulchella) is also found in the reserve.
Isaacs Ridge/Mount Mugga Mugga ParkCare conducts regular activities such as weeding, tree planting and maintenance, interpretive walks and mapping of rabbit warrens. For further information visit the ParkCare Initiative page.
Access is off Mugga Lane, Wallangara Street, Keyar Street, Akame Circuit and Callemonda Rise.
Note: If you have difficulty accessing the information in this map please contact Access Canberra on 13 22 81.
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.
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.