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Description

Varied climbing on a prominent collection of boulders. Lots of slabs, a few great aretes and some stellar crack climbs make for a good day out. Most climbs get the sun, making Gibraltar a good winter destination, although there are some good shady climbs as well. Gibraltar is in Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve and is a popular day walk destination, so you can gawk at the tourists having lunch as you do your climb.

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Approach

The first option is from the Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve. Take the main Tidbinbilla Reserve Road and park at the first dirt carpark on the right. Walk up a (steep) track for 45-60 minutes to the peak - clearly signposted. GPS reference for the carpark is -35.44871,148.92669. Note you will have to pay entry costs - $11 per car or $32 per year in 2015. The reserve gates are locked at 6pm in winter and 8pm in summer.

The second option is from Corin Road. Park 1.6km up Corin Road opposite a gated track (GPS coordinates -35.45857,148.94753). Walk up the track for 600m to where it steepens briefly, then turns left and flattens out (there's a gate in the fence on your right at this point). Follow the track as it circles to the right around the knoll that is The Fortress, until you reach the saddle with the mushroom visible right next to the road. The track continues steeply uphill to 'The Jism' and 'Gibraltar Peak'. Continue steeply up the firetrail until you get to the peak, taking the uphill option at all track junctions (40 minutes).

Gibraltar peak itself is at GPS coords -35.46732,148.95489.

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