Summary: The Quartz Trig in the Jerrabomberra West Grasslands Nature Reserve near Canberra consists of a concrete post, and offers some sweeping grasslands views.

The Quartz Trig is reached fairly easily from the Monaro Highway, although it’s not the most exciting walk – or trig station. Located next to very thin and low ridge of rock (quartz, perhaps!) on a small hill, the trig station itself is a concrete post.

The views from the trig are not overly spectacular, but you do get a 360-degree panorama of the Jerrabomberra West Grasslands Nature Reserve.

The 261-hectare reserve in the southern part of the Jerrabomberra Valley provides an example of the ‘treeless plains’ and grassland-to-woodland transition zones that were typical of much of the Canberra region before European settlement.

Getting to the Quartz Trig

The easiest way to get to the Quartz Trig station is to head for the Canberra Model Aircraft Club Flying Field on the Monaro Highway (in Symonston) – which you can only access if driving northbound. Walk or drive along a dirt road in front of the model aircraft area, until you reach a locked gate. Climb through the locked gate into the reserve, and head towards the trig – about half of the 700m to the trig is on a track, and the rest through long grass. (I’ve no idea why, but the trig was surrounded by a high, temporary fence; follow the fence until you can find a gap to reach the trig point.)

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Quartz Trig

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