- Distance:4.4km / 6286 steps
- Time: ~ 45 min
- Summary: A hilly walk around the developing suburb of Bolwarra heights. Lots of new houses under construction and more lots for sale, so the outlook for this walk will be constantly changing for the next few years. All on the road or concrete paths so ideal for wheels.
Park at the Bolwarra Scenic Lookout . This is clearly signposted and is on the right hand side of Paterson road (if coming from Maitland) as you are coming in to Bolwarra Heights.
After you have enjoyed the nice views from the look-out; back towards Maitland and the mountains beyond, cross over Paterson road and turn left along the path. Go right at Hunterglen drive and first right down the hill on Highland way. Take first left onto Amber grove and follow this all the way around until you get back onto Highland way. Despite being fairly densely populated there is enough bushland left for the local wildlife; a kangaroo was quietly munching on grass just off Highland way this morning!
Continue to your left and when the road turns and starts going uphill you will see a cycle/pedestrian path going through the bushland reserve on your left. Follow the path to the end and turn right up the very wide path going up the hill. This will take you to Bolwarra park drive. Go right and then left at the first intersection. Follow the road around, and when you run out of road, turn left up Ridgetop close and then go down the path which will get you back to Bolwarra park drive. Eventually you should be able to just stay on Bolwarra park drive all the way around but, at the time of writing, it was closed off due to construction activities.
Continue down the hill and when you see the playground on your right, follow the path alongside it and this will take you to Hunterglen drive. Now you just have a long steady climb up the hill to Paterson road and you’ll see the lookout a bit further down to your left.
Please see link for a map of Bolwarra heights walk
- Distance: 4.8 km/6857 steps
- Time: 50 minutes
- Suitability: Great walk to combine with a family picnic and excellent spot to take overseas visitors to spot kangaroos! Those with wheels will struggle on the bush trails but could possibly manage the lake trail. No dogs allowed in the reserve.
There is ample parking at the Walka Recreation and Wildlife reserve. Access is well signposted as you come down Oakhampton road, turn left at Scobies lane and left again at South Willards lane. The reserve seems to be a bit of a hidden gem as I have never encountered more than one or two other people here….
There are a total of 12 km of walking trails within the reserve and numerous variations are available. This description is for my favourite 4.8 km walk which includes both the lake trail and the bush trails. Start by the picnic area, go left and walk along the stone wall by the lake. Kangaroos can often be seen relaxing in the shade of the trees on the left hand side. Follow the lake trail as it winds its way around the lake and look for rabbits, bush turkeys and many species of water birds. You will get to the turning point for the little mini railway (open on Sundays only) and the path goes along the track for a while. Keep going straight until you get to the boom gate, turn left up the hill and look for the sign posted bush trails. Follow the marked Nature trail through the fairly dense bush and across some wooden bridges until you reach the circular meeting point. Turn right and continue up and back on the Kangaroo trail. It turns around and you will walk past the Nature trail turn off again and continue on until you get to the Hillview reserve area. If you didn’t see any kangaroos in the bush you may well find them here! Walk across the field and down the steps back to the car park. (If it’s very wet or you just don’t want to go through the bush you could just do two laps around the lake – total 6km.)
Please see link below for a map of the walking route.Map of Walka water works walk