Mt Gibraltar Landcare & Bushcare Group

The Mt Gibraltar Landcare & Bushcare group formed in 1993 and has been caring for this unique bushland reserve ever since.

MOUNT GIBRALTAR LANDCARE AND BUSHCARE is a volunteer group . It was appointed by WSC in 1993 to help manage, care and control the MOUNT GIBRALTAR HERITAGE RESERVE. It meets on Thursday mornings from 9-12am to restore the seriously damaged 130h Reserve. The Reserve is half council and half crown land managed by the council. The mountain was quarried for 100 years (1886-1986) to supply Bowral Trachyte, a unique form of microsyenite to the building industry. Many heritage structures were built from the stone. Bowral Councillor Joshua Stokes purchased 66 acres on the summit in 1919 to create a fauna and flora reserve. This was developed in the 1930’s as a recreational reserve and gradually added to by subsequent councils. When the quarries closed it suffered neglect and serious weed invasion. There are four streams of management: regeneration and care of the EEC Mount Gibraltar Forest, nationally called Upland Basalt Eucalypt Forest of the Sydney Basin Bio-region; restoration of the trachyte Heritage listed infrastructure and quarries; care and improvement of the recreational facilities, and potential indigenous participation in the on-going management of the Reserve. In 2007 the Group published a book: ‘The Gib, Mount Gibraltar, Southern Highlands’, now available with updates on There is also an information booklet with map available on that web site or the Welcome Centre in Mittagong.

Please note the mapping of the reserve is approximate.