Round Mountain (SMA0103) trig

Wednesday 22 May: Round Mountain. A recce of an upcoming NPA ACT walk. Leader: Brian S.

Further Information

How many Round Mountains are there in KNP? When I was first invited on this trip I had the wrong one, Lett trig, above the Tooma Road. It didn’t quite fit with the drive in instructions, so I search again.


Distance: 7.9km | Climb: 370m | Time: 10.00am – 2.20pm (4hrs 20mins), including 70 mins of breaks | Grading: S/M; M(9)


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Waypoint and Track Files

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Track Notes

A good drive via Cooma, Kosciuszko Road, Rocky Plain Road, Nimmo Road and around 4km down the Island Bend Fire Trail. The latter requires good clearance and a 4WD; not sure how my SUV would have gone. The dog tree is passed.

Dog tree on Nimmo Road

And the Eucumbene River is crossed.

Eucubene River bridge

We left southern Canberra at 7.30am and were walking by 10.00am. Saw a stag in very good condition near Nimmo Hill and a walker wandering down Island Bend Fire Trail.

A lovely day, maybe 13°C when we started and no breeze.

Heading up the spur ESE of the FT

We climbed steadily and generally SE towards an open area we’d seen on the northern flank of Round Mountain.

View from open area of morning tea

A great spot for morning tea. The excellent walk leader shared vanilla slice to each of us!

Morning tea views from the flank of Round Mountain to a distant Mt Jagungal

Another 400m across the ground saw us at the top. I was in front, so got to see the very large pig. The trig is marked on the map as SMA0103.

Round Mountain (SMA0103) survey mark

Our exit was via a lovely spur to the SW.

Lovely going exiting Round Mountain to the SW

A NPWS helicopter buzzed overhead, dropping pig baits.

NPWS helicopter dropping pig baits

Our route curved west and NW back to join the Island Bend Fire Trail.

Power line from the Island Bend Fire Trail

Brian’s next objective was the CSIRO Rabbiters Hut just off the fire trail.

CSIRO Rabbiters Hut

Comfortable chairs for lunch, with plans to return and walk down to the Gungarlin River next time.

A comfortable lunch at the CSIRO Rabbiters Hut

Knowing a CSIRO rabbit lady, I kindly sent her pics.

Rabbit research equipment CSIRO Rabbiters Hut – for Robyn

It was then a short walk down and up the fire trail back to the car.

This was a recce for an NPA ACT walk on Sunday 16 June.

An excellent little ramble, thank you for inviting me Brian. Thanks to Mike for driving and to Max and the others for great company.

Track Map




4 walkers – Mike B, Brian S (leader), Max S, me.