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Not far from the centre of the capital city of Canberra, Black Mountain is one of the three major nature reserves in the Australian Capital Territory. The mountain is protected from development and is home to a wide variety of Australian wildlife, which can be enjoyed whie walking one of the several well-marked trails on the reserve.
The Australian National Botanic Gardens sit at the eastern base of the mountain, which rises almost 812m above sea level. The mountain is capped by a broadcasting tower which, at a further 195m, can be seen for many miles around.