Mount Ainslie viewed from the Telstra Tower
|Elevation||842 m (2,762 ft)|
Mount Ainslie is a part of Canberra Nature Park. It borders on the inner suburbs of Campbell, Ainslie and Hackett. It is named after James Ainslie, a 19th century settler who was the overseer on Duntroon, a large property in the area. Mount Ainslie rises to 842 metres above sea level.
The Mt Ainslie tourist outlook, one of Canberra's most popular, provides excellent views of central Canberra and Red Hill to the south and Black Mountain to the west especially towards sunset. An air beacon located at the summit is part of the national capital's air navigation system guiding air traffic towards the nearby Canberra International Airport.
A walking trail which leads from the back of the Australian War Memorial is well maintained with steps and is paved, and is often used. The trail has a number of plaques commemorating the battles fought in World War 2 in the Kokoda Trail in Papua New Guinea, with the plaques set out as though it was on the Kokoda Trail. A quarry is located around 200 metres from the peak
Mount Ainslie is the northernmost point of a land axis, planned by Walter Burley Griffin, that stretches through North and South Canberra. This axis takes in the Australian War Memorial and the two Parliament Houses.
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