Percival Hill Nature Reserve

Percival Hill Nature Reserve panorama



Percival Hill Nature Reserve

Percival Hill Nature Reserve, part of Canberra Nature Park, is a 79 hectare prominent hill reserve located above Ginninderra Creek in west Gungahlin.

The reserve is a great place for bird watching and for wildflower walks during spring.

Percival Hill protects endangered Yellow Box-Blakely's Red Gum Grassy Woodland, the endangered Hoary Sunray (Leucochrysum albicans) and Striped Legless Lizard (Delma impar).

Aboriginal grinding grooves are located on outcrops in the reserve.


  • Nature appreciation
  • Bird watching
  • Walking
  • Mountain biking (only permitted on management vehicle trails)
  • Dogs are allowed on leash


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 ‘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.

Visit Murumbung Yurung Murra cultural activities to find out more about participating in cultural activities or attend a cultural tour with a local Traditional Custodian.

Heritage sites

An Aboriginal grinding groove site has been recorded at Percival Hill, which is a rare and significant heritage site in the ACT.

The reserve also protects several Aboriginal heritage sites including stone artefacts, occurring individually and in small scatters on the surface, and a number of areas are likely to contain further Aboriginal heritage sites.

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.

Sites are listed on the ACT Heritage Register. If cultural artefacts are found they must not be disturbed to prevent a breach of the ACT Government Heritage Act 2004.

Historic Heritage

With the arrival of pastoral settlers, grazing of sheep began in 1826. From 1860 fences were constructed and continuous stocking of sheep commenced in large paddocks. From 1920-1925 large old and dead trees were felled for firewood for the Canberra market. Some pasture improvement has been undertaken in the area.



Vegetation communities and associations

Small areas of endangered Yellow Box-Blakely's Red Gum Grassy Woodland occur in the south-east and north-west of the reserve.

The steep eastern slopes and ridge-top have previously been planted with mixed eucalypt species.

Plants – Land of diversity

Percival Hill supports a large population of the threatened Hoary Sunray (Leucochrysum albicans), Little Dumpies (Diplodium truncatum), Golden Wattle (Acacia pycnantha), Pale Flax Lily (Dianella longifolia var. longifolia), Slender Wire Lily (Laxmannia gracilis) and Twining Fringe Lily (Thysanotus patersonii).

Animals – Home to many

Percival Hill provides habitat for declining and threatened woodland birds including, Brown Treecreeper (Climacteris picumnus), Diamond Firetail (Stagonopleura guttata), Flame Robin (Petroica phoenicea), Hooded Robin (Melanodryas cucullata), Speckled Warbler (Chthonicola sagittata), Superb Parrot (Polytelis swainsonii), and Varied Sittella (Daphoenositta chrysoptera).

An area along Ginninderra Creek is habitat of the vulnerable Striped Legless Lizard (Delmar impar).



Access from various parts of Nicholls.

Note: If you have difficulty accessing the information in this map please contact Access Canberra on 13 22 81.

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About Canberra Nature Park

The ACT Parks and Conservation Service is responsible for managing 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 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.

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.