Urambi Hills Nature Reserve

Urambi Hills Nature Reserve panorama

About

About

Urambi Hills Nature Reserve

Urambi Hills Nature Reserve, part of Canberra Nature Park, is a 249 hectare reserve in the Tuggeranong Valley which features a steep to rolling ridge.

The reserve is popular for walking and cycling, and horse riding is permitted on the Bicentennial National Trail in the north of the reserve.

About sixty per cent of the reserve supports endangered Yellow Box-Blakely's Red Gum Grassy Woodland which provides habitat for threatened and declining woodland birds. The reserve also supports a large population of the vulnerable Pink-tailed Worm-lizard (Aprasia parapulchella)

Horse riding is only allowed on the Bicentennial National Trail.

Activities

  • Nature appreciation
  • Bird watching
  • Walking
  • Horse riding (only on designated trails)
  • Mountain biking (only on formed vehicle trails)
  • Dogs are allowed on leash
Heritage

Heritage

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

The reserve protects three 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

Pastoral settlers established in the area in the1830s. The eastern part of the reserve was leased to Eric McMurtrie in 1920 as part of the Commonwealth Soldier Settlement Scheme.

In 1939 the lease was taken over by the Hyles family and the property was known as 'Gulla Gulla'.

Ecology

Ecology

Vegetation communities and associations

A majority of the reserve has been previously cleared of trees and the vegetation cover is now predominantly open woodland comprised of endangered Yellow Box-Blakely's Red Gum Grassy Woodland and other lowland woodland communities.

Fragmented patches of woodland bird habitat remain. Rocky areas have a high diversity of native species and the groundcover is a mix of native and exotic species.

Plants – Land of diversity

Five plants species that are rare in the ACT occur on Urambi Hills including Austral Trefoil (Lotus australis), Hill Fireweed (Senecio hispidulus), Pale Flax Lilly (Dianella longifolia var. longifolia), Sickle Fern (Pellaea falcata) and Tick Bush (Indigofera adesmiifolia).

Animals – Home to many

The vulnerable Pink-tailed Worm-lizard (Aprasia parapulchella) is found at numerous rocky sites in Urambi Hills, and declining and threatened bird species have also been recorded in the reserve.

ParkCare

Urambi Hills 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.

Directions

Directions

Access from numerous points in Kambah.

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

Download a PDF map

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.

Volunteering

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.

Heritage

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.