Situated just outside the township of Wellington, the Mount Arthur Reserve is a Crown Reserve set aside for Public Recreation and Environmental Protection. Rising to 563 m above sea-level, this 2,123 hectares Reserve lies within the northernmost section of the Catombal Range and takes in three main peaks – Mounts Arthur, Wellesley and Duke.
On August 18, 1817, John Oxley and his party were the first Europeans to sight Mount Arthur, Wellesly and Duke. The three peaks form the basis of the Mount Arthur Reserve which is a public recreation area of 1.3 hectares, situated 563 metres above sea level and offers a good view of Wellington and the Wellington Valley.
Bushwalks of one and a half hours to four hours duration are available through native Australian flora. Designated horse and bike trails are also available. There are many picnic areas, but no camping is permitted.
During spring the hills come alive with bursts of colour from the gold Wattles, Pea Flowers (Dillwinia juniperina) in indigo, purple and red, Bugle Flower in purple clusters and the Bluebell (Wahlenbergia gracilis) provides a wonderful show.
The Reserve is a special place, recognised on the Register of the National Estate for its natural values. Maps of walking tracks available from the friendly team at Wellington Visitor’s Centre.