is a small mountain with an elevation of 890 metres
(2,920 ft) AHD that is located in the northern suburbs of
in the Australian Capital Territory, Australia. Mount Majura
lies close to the more prominent
and is the highest
point within the urban boundaries of Canberra.
contained within part of the
is part of the
Nature Park, lying at the eastern
end of the suburb of Hackett, which is on the northeast edge of
Canberra. At the summit of
is a radar station and
aircraft warning light for the nearby
Airport. The station
contains a primary and secondary radar system, as well as transmitters
and receivers for Telstra, Optus, Vodafone and a repeater for the
Amateur Radio Club. Canberra's North East electricity
substation is also located near the base of the mountain and is
accessed via walking paths on the Ainslie side. The road primarily
serves the radar station and, unlike the road on Mount Ainslie, is
unavailable to the public. However, there are popular walking trails
which lead to the top of the mountain from Ainslie and Hackett. There
is also an extensive series of single track bicycle trails on the
eastern side, in an area known as the Majura Pines. The hill is
covered with native Australian trees, mostly eucalyptus, but is also
home to a large number of highly sensitive rare plant species,
including up to 26 species of terrestrial orchids.
Mount Majura's local volunteer park care group is known as the Friends
Other large hills that are part of
Nature Park include Mount
Taylor, Mount Ainslie, Mount Mugga Mugga,
Mount Majura on the left with
Mount Ainslie on the right, as viewed
from Dickson oval.
Mount Majura was named by Robert Campbell, one of the first major land
owners when the area around the mountain was first settled. It is
believed to be named after a location in India. However, the exact
site is unclear. Campbell spent much of his life as a merchant trading
India and Australia. Some believe
Mount Majura is named after Majura Gate in the city of Surat.
However this is unlikely since the Indian office of Campbell & Co.
was located in the city of Kolkata.
Australian Capital Territory
Australian Capital Territory portal
^ ACT Survey Infrastructure
^ Corc.asn.au Archived 19 July 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
^ Act.gov.au[dead link]
Mount Majura Rare Plant List
List of mountains and prominent hills in the Australian Capital
a defined range