State Heritage Listed
Mount Gibraltar is an iconic landmark of special significance and is also the highest point between Sydney and Canberra. Mount Gibraltar Reserve was listed on the State Heritage Register by the NSW Heritage Council in December 2013, for both its Endangered Ecological Communities and for the Heritage Quarries Complex.
Endangered Ecological Community
The Mount Gibraltar Forest was listed in November 2011 as an Uplands Basalt Eucalypt Forest of the Sydney Basin Bioregion (UBEF) Endangered Ecological Community, with protection under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (Cwth). This followed its protection at a state level in 2001 as the Mount Gibraltar Forest Endangered Ecological Community (EEC) under the Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995 (NSW).
For over 20 years the Mount Gibraltar Landcare Bushcare Group has worked cooperatively with Council to protect and restore the natural and cultural heritage of Mount Gibraltar Reserve. For more information about this work see the following link: Wingecarribee Bushcare program (internal link).
Trachyte Entrance Wall
The Mt Gibraltar Landcare Bushcare group, with support from Council, a Veolia Mulwaree Trust Community Grant and funds the group raised from the sale of their book ‘The Gib: Mount Gibraltar, Southern Highlands’, recently saw a long-held vision achieved with the construction of a Commemorative Tracyte Entrance Retaining Wall.
The wall marks the entrance to the Heritage Quarries Complex, from which the unique Bowral Trachyte (microsyenite) was quarried for 100 years and used in many of the heritage buildings and monuments in Sydney and elsewhere.