Australian National Botanic Gardens

Enjoy panoramic views over Canberra on this hike to the iconic Black Mountain Tower.

Through the beautiful gardens and up the steep slopes of Black Mountain’s natural bushland, this walk is guaranteed to take your breath away. Look out for shining bronze-cuckoos, superb fairywrens, cockatoos and parrots.

Many orchids are revealed during spring.

Download the walk map or pick up a copy from the Visitor Centre to get started.

Site accessibility

  • Cross icon Not wheelchair accessible

Type of walk

Return track

Walk grade


Walk distance

5.4 km

Time required

2 hours