Mount Gibraltar
Aboriginal: Bowrell
Mount Gibraltar West View.jpg
Mount Gibraltar seen from the west
Highest point
Elevation863 m (2,831 ft)
Coordinates34°27′55.20″S 150°25′41.76″E / 34.4653333°S 150.4282667°E / -34.4653333; 150.4282667Coordinates: 34°27′55.20″S 150°25′41.76″E / 34.4653333°S 150.4282667°E / -34.4653333; 150.4282667
Mount Gibraltar is located in New South Wales
Mount Gibraltar
Mount Gibraltar
Location in New South Wales
LocationSouthern Highlands, New South Wales, Australia
Age of rock150 million years
First ascent(by European), John Wilson, 1798

Mount Gibraltar (Aboriginal: Bowrell) is a mountain with an elevation of 863 metres (2,831 ft) AHD  that is located in the Southern Highlands region, between Bowral and Mittagong, in New South Wales, Australia. Further west is Berrima.[1]

Location and features

The mountain is locally known as 'The Gib', and is in the form of a ridge, rather than an obvious conical peak. The western extremity of the ridge is commonly pointed out as the mountain itself. 'The Gib' is primarily a residential area with a large nature reserve at its peak.

The first European to climb the mountain, in 1798, was explorer John Wilson. He learned from local Aborigines the name 'Bowrell', which meant 'a high place'. Surveyor Sir Thomas Mitchell also climbed Mount Gibraltar.

The former Mount Gibraltar Trachyte Quarries Complex was added to the New South Wales State Heritage Register on 2 December 2013.[5]


The Main South Railway skirts Mount Gibraltar at its western foothills, passing through a tunnel under Evans Street, Bowral.[6] The original tunnel was single track, but it was replaced in the 1920s by a double track tunnel.



  1. ^ Robert Montgomery Martin (1850). The British Colonies: Their History, Extent, Condition and Resources. Tallis. p. 472. Retrieved 26 October 2012.
  2. ^ Map of New South Wales, 1825. National Library of Australia obj-240482149
  3. ^ Much of the above info. comes from the Visitors' Guide.
  4. ^ "Proust Bushland Services - providing quality, best practice ecological restoration services to a range of land managers to assist in restoring degraded environments". Archived from the original on 17 October 2009. Retrieved 1 May 2010. Retrieved 1 May 2010
  5. ^ "Mount Gibraltar Trachyte Quarries Complex". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Department of Planning and Environment. H01917. Retrieved 2 June 2018.
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  6. ^ Bayley, W. A. 1975. Picton-Mittagong Main Line Railway. Bulli: Austrail. ISBN 0-909597-15-4 p.39.