Mount Tennent is named after a local bushranger, John Tennant who had a hideout on the slopes of the mountain in 1827. It had previously been named Mount Currie by Allan Cunningham after Captain Mark Currie, who led the first European expedition nearby (Fraser and McJannett) in 1823. Indigenous Australians refer to the mountain as Tharwa, also the name of the village at the northern foot of the mountain.
Hiking Mount Tennant is both challenging and rewarding. There are many great views along the way and many areas to stop and take in the views back to Canberra or to stop off for a bite to eat.
Intermediate to Advanced
Challenging / rewarding
Various rest/picnic areas along the way
Range of different terrain
Easy to access
Easy to follow trail
Distance/ Elevation gain/ Duration/ Terrain
14.2km/ 1390m/ 3.5-5 hours (depending on fitness level) / Various (sandy, steps, fire trail, bridges, gravel, rocks)
Details of the walk
Start your walk from the Namadgi National Park Visitor Information Centre, where you can stock up on supplies, use the rest rooms and chat with the helpful staff. Walk out the rear doors and you will set eyes on Mount Tennant. Follow the gravel path, which leads you to a main road. Once you have crossed the road, sign the hikers register, and then commence your walk up the hill.
2.3 km in you will reach Cypress Pine lookout. This is a great place to stop for a quick break and take in the views. Pushing on, there is a gradual ascent most of the way to the top. The path is well signposted and easy to follow; you will cover all types of terrain such as steps, bridges and boulders. You reach the first peak and turn left (right if you want to take an alternate hike) and continue along a wider path for about 2kms. You’ll enjoy the flat trail while it lasts. About 1km from the top you’ll hit the gravel fire trail and a final steep incline until the summit.
Once you reach the summit there are fantastic views back towards Canberra (look closely and you can spot Telstra Tower) and on the other side, amazing views of Namadgi National Park.
This walk is both challenging and very rewarding. Be sure to take enough H2O, snacks, mobile phone and to check the weather forecast.
At least 2.0 Litres of water
First Aid Kit