Mount Majura

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Mount Majura
Top of the walking trail at Mt Majura.JPG
Top of Mount Majura
Elevation 890 m (2,920 ft)[1]
Location
Mount Majura is located in Australian Capital Territory
Mount Majura
Mount Majura
Location in the ACT
Location Australian Capital Territory, Australia
Coordinates 35°14′15″S 149°10′50″E / 35.23750°S 149.18056°E / -35.23750; 149.18056Coordinates: 35°14′15″S 149°10′50″E / 35.23750°S 149.18056°E / -35.23750; 149.18056
Climbing
Easiest route Hike

Mount Majura is a small mountain with an elevation of 890 metres (2,920 ft) AHD  that is located in the northern suburbs of Canberra in the Australian Capital Territory, Australia. Mount Majura lies close to the more prominent Mount Ainslie and is the highest point within the urban boundaries of Canberra. Mount Majura is contained within part of the Canberra Nature Park.

Canberra Nature Park[edit]

Mount Majura is part of the Canberra Nature Park, lying at the eastern end of the suburb of Hackett, which is on the northeast edge of Canberra. At the summit of Mount Majura is a radar station and aircraft warning light for the nearby Canberra International 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 Canberra 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.[2] The hill is covered with native Australian trees, mostly eucalyptus.

Other large hills that are part of Canberra Nature Park include Mount Taylor, Mount Ainslie, Mount Mugga Mugga, Mount Stromlo and Black Mountain.

Mount Majura on the left with Mount Ainslie on the right, as viewed from Dickson oval.

Etymology[edit]

Mount Majura was named by Robert Campbell, one of the first major land owners when the area around the mountain was first settled.[3] 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 between England, India and Australia. Some believe[citation needed][4] that 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.

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