Mill Creek picnic area
(0km) Mill Creek Picnic Area car park → Int of Grass Tree and 11km circuits
Continue straight: From the ‘Start/Finish’ walking track signpost at the end of the picnic area, the walk follows the bush track and immediately takes the right hand branch at a fork in the track (the other track is the return leg of the Grass Tree circuit). The walk passes through a mix of closed in, dense vegetation and more open forest with some beautiful views and lots of grasstrees. After crossing a creek using wooden steps and a concreted stone path, the track climbs more steeply before dropping to the signposted intersection of the ’11km Walking Track’ and ‘1.5km Grass Tree Circuit’.
(0.87km) Int of Grass Tree and 11km circuits → 11km Big Tree creek crossing
(0.87km) Int of Grass Tree and 11km circuits → Mill Creek Picnic Area car park
Continue straight: From the ‘Start/Finish’ walking track signpost at the end of the Mill Creek picnic area, the walk crosses the picnic area to the car park (Mill Creek picnic area is signposted on Wisemans Ferry Rd, about 6km east of Wisemans Ferry crossing).
Maps for the Grass Tree circuit walkYou 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.
|Gunderman||1:25 000 Map Series||91313S GUNDERMAN||NSW-91313S|
|Lower Portland||1:25 000 Map Series||90312S LOWER PORTLAND||NSW-90312S|
|Gosford||1:100 000 Map Series||9131 GOSFORD||9131|
|St Albans||1:100 000 Map Series||9031 ST ALBANS||9031|
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.
|AS 2156.1||Gradient||Short steep hills (3/6)|
|Quality of track||Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)|
|Signs||Directional signs along the way (3/6)|
|Experience Required||Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)|
|Weather||Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)|
|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
770m of this walk has short steep hills and another 720m has gentle hills with occasional steps. The remaining (210m) is flat with no steps.
Quality of track
Around 1.5km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles, whilst the remaining 210m follows a clear and well formed track or trail.
Around 1.5km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 210m is clearly signposted.
Around 1.5km of this walk requires some bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 210m requires no previous bushwalking experience.
Around 970m of this walk is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation), whilst the remaining 720m is affected by storms that may impact your navigation and safety.
This whole walk, 1.7km is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).
A beautiful walk along part of the 11km Circuit walk, climbing up through a beautiful moist gully before emerging to drier forest and a nice viewpoint. The walk provides a great variety of scenery with a mixture of vegetation and some great boulder and cliff scenery along the way. The climbs and descents are pretty steep at times but not too long.
Total climbing: 382m
4.5 km Return
2 hrs 15 mins
This excellent circuit walk offers a lot of beautiful scenery and views. Although shorter than the name suggests, it is a reasonably tough walk, with some steep rocky sections. The sections in the gullies and valleys are mostly very moist with lots of ferns, while the higher sections are through drier forest, so there is quite a bit of variety. There are also some lovely cliffs and boulder scenery at various points around the walk.
Total climbing: 634m
8.2 km Circuit
4 hrs 15 mins
Other Nearby walks
This two day walk follows a series of historic roads along clear and wide management trails. This walk explores the great views from Western Commission Track, the sandstone handicraft on the Old Great North Road and the farming history of Ten Mile Hollow, and also offers a side trip to Clare’s Bridge. Camping at the well-established Ten Mile Hollow campsite, this walk is great for those who enjoy walking on trails, visiting convict sites and early settlement historic places.
Total climbing: 1249m
28.3 km One way
This pleasant walk follows part of the historic Finchs Line road, the original route for the Great North Road up the hills just north of Wisemans Ferry. The walk starts in moist, fern covered scenery and climbs to drier forest and some stunning views over the Hawkesbury river and Wisemans Ferry area from the unfenced Finchs Line viewpoint. There are other great views along the way too.
Total climbing: 373m
4.4 km Return
2 hrs 15 mins
A great walk with some really nice scenery and plenty of history. This walk follows the well formed Devines Hill ascent portion of the Old Great North Road. The convict built road is impressive and there are good information signs along the trail. The visible remnants of the Old Great North Road include rock cuttings, stone retaining walls, an old quarry site and Hangmans Rock. It is also worth the very short walk down the hill from the start of the walk to have a look at the historic Thomas James bridge.
Total climbing: 257m
3.6 km Return
A great walk with a mixture of historic remnants of the Old Great North Rd, and some beautiful views over the Hawkesbury river and other valleys. Most of this walk follows parts of the convict built road, and a number of information signs along the way give a good insight into the construction and history of the road, making the walk more interesting. The last section of the walk, along Wisemans Ferry Rd, has some great views of the cliffs above. The historic Thomas James bridge, just before the end of the walk, is the oldest in-use bridge on mainland Australia.
Total climbing: 547m
9.9 km Circuit
4 hrs 30 mins
This walk follows a section of the Old Great North Road along the borders of the rugged Yengo and Dharug National Parks, to then visit more historic sites in Dubbo Gully. This is more of a historic journey than you typical bushwalk. There is a campsite at Ten Mile Hollow providing a comfortable place for the night before visiting the Historic Clare’s Bridge. Soon after Clare’s Bridge this walk leaves the old Great North Road to follow Donny’s Track down into Dubbo gully were you get to explore this historic farming area before walking out to Upper Mangrove. This walk is mostly on wide trails and therefore can also be done as a mountain bike ride.
Total climbing: 1372m
27.3 km One way
A relatively short walk with some really nice scenery and some of the historic highlights of the Old Great North Road. This walk climbs part of the well formed Devines Hill ascent. The remnants of the convict built road are impressive and there are good information signs along the trail. The visible remnants of the Old Great North Road include rock cuttings, stone retaining walls, an old quarry site and Hangmans Rock.
Total climbing: 176m
2.2 km Return
1 hr 15 mins
The long, gentle climb along Shepherd’s Gully has some beautiful scenery and some historic remnants of the Old Great North Road. While the remnants of the road construction are not as impressive as those on the main Devines Hill ascent, they are still interesting. The optional side trip to Hangmans Rock takes you past an old convict stockade site and some of the construction remnants on the main Devines Hill ascent.
Total climbing: 244m
4.3 km Return
A great one-way walk which offers some beautiful scenery in the moist and shaded parts of Shepherds Gully, some bigger views on Devines Hill and plenty of Old Great North Road history. There are plenty of information signs along the way giving some good background on the convict build roads, making the walking more interesting. A short walk along Wisemans Ferry Rd from the end of the walk will also get you to the Thomas James Bridge, the oldest in-use bridge on mainland Australia.
Total climbing: 257m
4 km One way
8.3 km Return
3 hrs 15 mins
A great circuit walk in Popran National Park, to the beautiful Emerald Pool. This walk passes through a variety of vegetation and offers some great views along the way. Emerald Pool is a really beautiful spot and it is well worth spending some time exploring around the creek. The optional side trips along the 248 trail and to Mt Olive, add to the great views on the walk. If your car has reasonable ground clearance, you could drive to the Ironbark picnic area and start the walk from there.
Total climbing: 344m
10.8 km Circuit
4 hrs 15 mins
This walk, mostly in Popran National Park, passes through a great variety of scenery and beautiful views. The early part of the walk, along a ridgetop, is through relatively dry forest with some great views, while the steep but beautiful descent to Glenworth Valley is through moist, fern filled forest. The cafe at Glenworth Valley is open on weekends. There is also an optional sidetrip for some nice views from Mt Olive.
Total climbing: 492m
10.1 km Return
4 hrs 15 mins
A very nice walk to a viewpoint on top of Mt Olive, in Popran National Park. The walk passes through nice forest, and offers good views over Popran National Park from the top of Mt Olive. If you have a car with good ground clearance, you could drive to the picnic area, making the walk shorter.
Total climbing: 151m
4.4 km Return
Fire DangerEach 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 ForestThis walk starts in the Hunter weather district always check the formal BOM forecast or pdf before starting your walk.
Park Information & Alerts
Short URL = http://wild.tl/gtc
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.