The Gibraltar Peak, Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, starts from Dalsetta Car Park, Paddys River exploring the Xanthorrhoea Forest leading via the Gibraltar Peak Walking Track to the summit. As you climb to the summit of Gibraltar Peak (a bald granite outcrop) you will be struck by the distant panoramic views of the Paddys River region. The walk up teases you with a series of lookouts giving a sense what is to come. Upon arriving there, you’ll be met by the distinctive granite formations, and the rewarding feeling of making it to one of the highest points in Paddys River. The intersections near the start may be puzzling, so make sure you follow the Gibraltar Peak Walking Trail signs. Also keep in mind that the reserve closes at 8PM in Daylight Savings Time, and 6PM otherwise. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
At roundabout, take exit 3 onto Woodcock Drive and drive for another 2 km
Turn right onto Jim Pike Avenue and drive for another 820 m
Turn right onto Point Hut Road and drive for another 4.8 km
Turn right onto Tidbinbilla Road and drive for another 10 km
Turn left onto Tidbinbilla Reserve Road and drive for another 550 m
Continue onto Tidbinbilla Reserve Road and drive for another 1.9 km
Keep right and drive for another 15 m
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started Starting from Dalsetta Car Park(1.70km southwest of intersection with Gilmores Road), cross the road using the marked crosswalk and head towards the brown signpost next to a rock with a “Gibraltar Peak Trail" sign on it. Pass by the said signpost(to your right) and join the subtle walking trail towards the next brown signpost. After about 550 metres(from the crosswalk), keep left and stay on the Gibraltar Peak Walking Trail to continue.....
Directions & comments
There is a toilet (about 50 m back from the start).
There is water tap (about 50 m back from the start).
After another 55 m (at the intersection of Gibraltar Peak Walking Trail & Tidbinbilla Reserve Road) continue straight, to head along Gibraltar Peak Walking Trail (a walking track).
After another 560 m continue straight, to head along Gibraltar Peak Walking Trail.
After another 390 m veer left, to head along Gibraltar Peak Walking Trail.
After another 1.2 km find the "Eliza Saddle" (on your right).
Eliza Saddle turn sharp right, to head along Gibraltar Peak Walking Trail.
After another 1.7 km veer left, to head along Gibraltar Peak Walking Trail.
After another 165 m come to "Gibraltar Peak".
Turn around here and retrace the main route for 4 km to get back to the start.
Know the Hills, grading & facilities
2 h 30 min to 3 h 45 min
Quality of track
Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Very steep (4/6)
Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather generally has little impact on safety (2/6)