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The Glenburn Precinct

The Glenburn Precinct was placed on the ACT Heritage Register in November 2015. It contains several relics of early European settlement that commenced in the area in the early 1830s.

Location of the Precinct 

The Precinct is located behind locked gates in the commercially operated Kowen pine forest. The main access is via Charcoal Kiln Road that runs to the north off the Kings Highway some 10 km from Queanbeyan.

Trails for Walkers and Cyclists

There are three trails in the Precinct:
  • the 10 km Glenburn Heritage Trail;
  • the 10 km Burbong Heritage Trail; and
  • the 12 km Precinct Loop Trail.
The routes of these trails are shown on the map included in the interpretative sign ‘Glenburn Precinct – Kowen’ – see below.

The Interpretative Signs

Over the past few years, the ACT Parks and Conservation Service, the National Parks Association of the ACT and the Friends of Glenburn have erected 14 informative interpretative signs at most of the historic sites.They are located at the main entry to the Precinct at the locked gate at the intersection of Charcoal Kiln Road and the Kings Highway and at 12 of the historic sites.
The 14 interpretative signs are (Click to see each one):

Jan 2018 - Col McAlister's thank you letter to Minister Gentleman and the list of achievements.

Oct 2017 - Col McAlister's notes for the walk held on 8/10 2017 are here

May 2017 - The new brochure which is available at the entry. See unformatted content here.

April 2016 - Heritage Week - Col's notes

On 19 November 2015 - The ACT Heritage Council placed the Glenburn Precinct, Kowen onto the ACT Heritage Register. This will help to protect and conserve the sites in the Precinct. A copy of the registration can be accessed on the ACT Hertage Register website.

19 April 2014Col McAlister's Notes for his walk as part of the Heritage Festival download here (1.6MB)

November 2013Col McAlister's paper "The Glenburn And Burbong Historic Precinct In The Kowen Forest, ACT: More Recent Information About Some Of The Sites And The People - download here (2.2MB)

In July 2013 - Col McAlister produced a new paper on the "Work In Progress" which you can download here (3.3MB).

At the 2011 ACT Symposium on Heritage and Planning - Col McAlister gave a talk. The paper is available here as a download (2.1MB).

A Conservation Management Plan was prepared for "William Collier's Stone Cottage" by Eric Martin and Associates for the National Trust of Australia(ACT) which you can download. The Main Report is hereAttachment A is here and Attachment B is here. You need broadband as the files are 4.7MB, 1.9MB and 2.8MB.

A Management Plan for Collier's and Curley's Orchards has been prepared by Damian De Marco and Associates Landscape Architects. download the report here.

The 2007 Monograph "Twelve historic sites in the Glenburn and Burbong areas of the Kowen Forest, ACT": All printed copies have been sold. A download copy is available here. The download is 3.1MB. You may print the download or any part.