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Grass Tree circuit
Time: 1 Hr Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
6.3 km ESE of Wisemans Ferry
Length: 1.7 km Walk Length
As this is a Circuit style walk, the 1.7 km includes the walking distance from the start around the loop and back to the start again
Dharug National Park
Climb: 109 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 109 m, this is the total of the elevation gains made in each of the walks uphill sections
There is car access and parking near the start and end of this walk There is a bus stop within 2km of the start and end of this walk
Style: Circuit
Track: Moderate

This beautiful circuit walk goes through a range of dry and wet forest along the valley, and offers some great views. There are plenty of grasstrees along the way to add to the scenery and the creek crossings are very picturesque. The optional side trip adds some beautiful rock overhangs to the scenery and gives a taste of the scenery on the longer 11km Circuit walk. (open in app)


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  Bushwalking track notes photographs, maps and camping spots for Grass Tree circuit

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of Grass Tree circuit
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Mill Creek Picnic Area car park
End of Mill Creek picnic area
Int of Grass Tree and 11km circuits
Int of Grass Tree and 11km circuits
End of Mill Creek picnic area
Starting point for this hiking track: Mill Creek Picnic Area car park

Base maps are used under licence and is © Department of lands   Panorama Avenue Bathurst 2795   www.lands.nsw.gov.au

Maps that cover the walk area (please always carry maps of the area)

Print a map and track notes here
 Gunderman 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-91313S 
 Lower Portland 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-90312S 
 Gosford 1:100 000 Map Series 9131 
 St Albans 1:100 000 Map Series 9031 

Photo Gallery

 
Mill Creek picnic area
 
Mill Creek picnic area +
 
A fork in the track
 
A fork in the track +
 
Along the track
 
Along the track +

 
A boulder beside the track
 
A boulder beside the track +
 
Steps to the creek crossing
 
Steps to the creek crossing +
 
A grasstree by the track
 
A grasstree by the track +

 
Steps along the way
 
Steps along the way +
 
False Sarsparilla (Hardenbergia Violacea) adds a splash of colour July-October
 
False Sarsparilla (Hardenbergia Violacea) adds a splash of colour July-October +
 
Tough looking grasstree
 
Tough looking grasstree +

 
A nice tall, and very old, grasstree
 
A nice tall, and very old, grasstree +
 
Nice forest views along the way
 
Nice forest views along the way +
 
The track intersection
 
The track intersection +

 
Beautiful rock overhang
 
Beautiful rock overhang +
 
Nice green scenery along the track
 
Nice green scenery along the track +
 
A picturesque creek crossing
 
A picturesque creek crossing +

 
Along the track
 
Along the track +
 
A fence beside the track
 
A fence beside the track +
 
Scattered boulders
 
Scattered boulders +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the Grass Tree circuit bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Grass Tree circuit bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Grass Tree circuit bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Grass Tree circuit bushwalking track

Overview of this walks Grading - Based on the AS 2156.1 - 2001
These details are new. This new feature still requires more testing and refining. Please use the 'Walker Feedback' for report specific issues. Please e-mail Matt if you have any general comments. Hope you find it helpful.

Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.
Length 1.7km
Time 1 Hr
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Grade 3/6

Track: Moderate
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)
*This summary of grading information is new and still in testing

Some more detail of this walks Grading
Here is a bit more details explaining the grading looking at sections of the walk.
Gradient
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.

Signs
Around 1.5km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 210m is clearly signposted.

Experience Required
Around 1.5km of this walk requires some bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 210m requires no previous bushwalking experience.

Weather
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.

Infrastructure
This whole walk, 1.7km is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).

Track Notes


Catch the bus to Mill Creek Picnic Area car park
Public transport (bus) available to this Bushwalk Wisemans Ferry Dialacar provides a taxi style mini-bus service based in Wisemans Ferry. The cost is typically about $1 per km (ex Wisemans Ferry). They will pick-up and drop-off from Sydney or the Central Coast and will happily drop walkers off or pick them up from tracks in the area. The cost for a pick-up from Gosford and drop off near Wisemans Ferry would be approximately $150 (please call for up-to-date pricing) and the minivan can carry up to 13 passengers. Phone: 0448 122 374
Drive to Mill Creek Picnic Area car park
You can drive or ride to this start of this Bushwalk There is free parking available.
You can drive or ride to the start of this walk
Use these links to plan your trip to the start of this walk.
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Mill Creek picnic area Alt = 12 m
This beautifully situated picnic area is located a short distance along an unsealed road, off Wisemans Ferry Rd, about 5.5km east of Wisemans Ferry. There are picnic tables, fireplaces, an information board and pit toilets. There is some excellent bush walking in the area with two signposted circuit walks starting from the end of the picnic area. There is a 'large group' camping area adjacent.

(0 km) Mill Creek Picnic Area car park to Int of Grass Tree and 11km circuits
Track: Moderate - openland,bushtrack
Length = 868 m Time = 24 mins
Climb = 84 m Descent = -48 m
From the Mill Creek picnic area (signposted on Wisemans Ferry Rd, about 6km east of Wisemans Ferry crossing), the walk crosses from the information signs to the the 'Start/Finish' walking track signpost at the far end of the picnic area.
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'.

Grasstrees Alt = 45 m
The beautiful Grasstree is one of the icons of the Australian bush. It is a very slow growing plant, with the trunk typically only growing about one cm per year. These plants can grow and survive for several hundred years. The trunk is usually black, apparently a result of bushfires. As with some other native plants, fires can actually promote flowering and further growth. More info

(0.87 km) Int of Grass Tree and 11km circuits to 11km Big Tree creek crossing
Optional sidetrip: Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 807 m Time = 22 mins
Climb = 81 m Descent = -34 m
Turn right: From the intersection, the walk follows the '11km Walking Track' arrow along the bush track. The track climbs for a while, with nice views down into the gully, before dropping to a picturesque creek crossing marked with a small 'walker arrow'. From here the track climbs steeply for a short distance, then passes another track marker at the start of a section with beautiful rock overhangs and boulders. The track then drops to another creek crossing, marked with a small walker sign on a boulder in the middle of the creek, beneath a huge tree with impressive roots draping over the rocks.
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then turn right to continue along this walk.)

(0.87 km) Int of Grass Tree and 11km circuits to Mill Creek Picnic Area car park
Track: Moderate - bushtrack,openland
Length = 824 m Time = 20 mins
Climb = 25 m Descent = -62 m
Veer left: From the intersection, the walk follows the bush track steeply down the hill. The track immediately goes down some steps and crosses the creek on a concreted stone path. Soon after this, the track crosses a minor gully and meanders for a while, through beautiful moist forest, before crossing the main creek again. The track continues through some drier forest for a while and arrives at the signposted track head at the end of the Mill Creek picnic area.
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).

Catch the bus from Mill Creek Picnic Area car park
Public transport (bus) available from this Bushwalk Wisemans Ferry Dialacar provides a taxi style mini-bus service based in Wisemans Ferry. The cost is typically about $1 per km (ex Wisemans Ferry). They will pick-up and drop-off from Sydney or the Central Coast and will happily drop walkers off or pick them up from tracks in the area. The cost for a pick-up near Wisemans Ferry and drop off at Gosford would be approximately $150 (please call for up-to-date pricing) and the minivan can carry up to 13 passengers. Phone: 0448 122 374
Drive from Mill Creek Picnic Area car park
You can drive or ride from this end of this Bushwalk There is free parking available.
You can drive or ride from the end of this walk
Use these links to plan your trip from the end of this walk.
Plan your trip to --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|

Getting there

Plan your trip to the start of the walk and back from the end of the walk

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Public Transport Timetables

To the start of the walk

Catch a bus to Wisemans Ferry Dialacar
Wisemans Ferry Dialacar provides a taxi style mini-bus service based in Wisemans Ferry. The cost is typically about $1 per km (ex Wisemans Ferry). They will pick-up and drop-off from Sydney or the Central Coast and will happily drop walkers off or pick them up from tracks in the area. The cost for a pick-up from Gosford and drop off near Wisemans Ferry would be approximately $150 (please call for up-to-date pricing) and the minivan can carry up to 13 passengers. Phone: 0448 122 374 Get Timetable
From the end of the walk

Catch a bus to
Wisemans Ferry Dialacar provides a taxi style mini-bus service based in Wisemans Ferry. The cost is typically about $1 per km (ex Wisemans Ferry). They will pick-up and drop-off from Sydney or the Central Coast and will happily drop walkers off or pick them up from tracks in the area. The cost for a pick-up near Wisemans Ferry and drop off at Gosford would be approximately $150 (please call for up-to-date pricing) and the minivan can carry up to 13 passengers. Phone: 0448 122 374 Get Timetable

Driving Directions
To the start of the walk

Drive from:
From the end of the walk

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Near by


Campsites in the park
Mill Creek camping ground
Ten Mile Hollow campground


Nearest know Outdoor Stores near the start of this walk
Store Address Phone Distance (straight line)
BCF Australia Pty Ltd 354 Manns Rd , Gosford West (02) 4322 5833 26.5 km
Camping World Shop 18, 482 Pacific Hwy, Wyoming (02) 4324 6515 28 km
Mannings Sports 172 Mann St , Gosford (02) 4325 1617 27.5 km
CampHikeClimb 20 George St, Hornsby (02) 9476 5767 34 km
Kathmandu 236 Pacific Hwy (Westfield), Hornsby (02) 9476 1399 34.2 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Grass Tree circuit.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Grass Tree circuit
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8 MDC08 Gencom Site Lot 6 Wakefield Close KARIONG 23 km (to the E)
6 VMB7 CB Repeater Site 16 Alan Rd BEROWRA HEIGHTS 25 km (to the SSE)
5 SYD05 Sydney Adventist Hospital 185 Fox Valley Rd WAHROONGA
Emergency use only
38 km (to the S)
3 VMB2 Tower Street BATEAU BAY 39 km (to the E)
2 KUR02 Miles Comms Site 1 1 246 Burralow Road KURRAJONG HEIGHTS 43 km (to the WSW)

Weather and Park info

Fire Danger
Please Note: 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 and Climate
Weather and Climate summary detailed weather and climate information here
Partly cloudy.
Partly cloudy.
23.2°C (feels like 24.1°)
9 km/h from the NE (gusting 13)
71% humidity     (as at 24/06:35pm)
A graph displaying the average daily temperature range for the year

Dharug National Park Link to official closures and fire bans page
Named after the traditional custodians (the Darug People), this park has much history and some great sandstone formations. The wildflowers in spring add a wonderful touch of colour to the bushland. The Old Great North Road including its quarries, bridges and other features improves access and provides a great deal of interest for visitors. Close to Sydney and Gosford, it feels like stepping back in time when visiting this park.
Region: Sydney & Surrounds
Park fees Camping Facilities I am not aware of any closures in this park at the moment.

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