Black Duck Creek Circuit Walk

Download & Print Map and Notes

1 Hr

2.1 km Circuit

89 m

Moderate track
This walk circumnavigates Black Duck Creek by following the shady Blueberry Ash trail. The walk then returns to Carnley Reserve using the Main Ridge Walking Trail. This relatively short walk has a good combination of shady moist forest and more exposed ridge forest. Make sure you visit the Wildlife Exhibit while at Carnley Reserve. A recommended walk.

Maps for the Black Duck Creek Circuit Walk walk

You can download the PDF for this walk to print a map.
These maps below cover the walk and the wider area around the walk, they are worth carrying for safety reasons.
Wallsend 1:25 000 Map Series 92323S WALLSEND NSW-92323S
Newcastle 1:100 000 Map Series 9232 NEWCASTLE 9232

Cross sectional view of the Black Duck Creek Circuit Walk bushwalking track

Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Black Duck Creek Circuit Walk

Overview of this walks grade – based on the AS 2156.1 – 2001

Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.

Length 2.1 km
Time 1 Hr

Grade 3/6

Moderate track
AS 2156.1 Gradient Gentle hills with occasional steps (2/6)
Quality of track Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Signs Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Experience Required No experience required (1/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
Infrastructure Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (1/6)

Some more details of this walks Grading

Here is a bit more details explaining grading looking at sections of the walk


Around 1.7km of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps, whilst the remaining 390m is flat with no steps.

Quality of track

Around 1.2km of this walk follows a clear and well formed track or trail, whilst the remaining 930m follows a smooth and hardened path.


Around 1.8km of this walk is clearly signposted, whilst the remaining 280m has directional signs at most intersection.

Experience Required

This whole walk, 2.1km requires no previous bushwalking experience.


This whole walk, 2.1km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).


This whole walk, 2.1km is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).

Similar walks

A list of walks that share part of the track with the Black Duck Creek Circuit Walk walk.

Other Nearby walks

A list of walks that start near the Black Duck Creek Circuit Walk walk.

Plan your trip to and from the walk here

The Black Duck Creek Circuit Walk walk starts and ends at the Carnley Avenue Reserve (gps: -32.937008, 151.69804)
Your transport options to Carnley Avenue Reserve are by;
Bus. (get details)
Car. There is free parking available.
(get details)

Fire Danger

Each park may have its own fire ban, this rating is only valid for today and is based on information from the RFS Please check the RFS Website for more information.

Weather Forest

This walk starts in the Hunter weather district always check the formal BOM forecast or pdf before starting your walk.

Forecast snapshot

Park Information & Alerts



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Gallery images
There are other downloads I am still working on.
You will probably need to login to access these — still all free.
* KML (google earth file)
* GPX (GPS file)

Special Maps/ brochures
* A3 topo maps
* PDF with Lands Topo map base
* PDF with arial image (and map overlay)
I wanted to get the main site live first, this extra stuff will come in time.
Happy walking
Matt 🙂