Tinderry Nature Reserve, (Lower Part)

 

This is a walk with a few short steep hills going up and some rather annoying downhill sections. Like all good walks this one goes across two maps, and, annoyingly, one map, the north section, Williamsdale, is on the old AGD66 grid, whereas the south section is on the new Michelago map, which is on the GDA grid. (The GDA is almost the same as the WGS84 grid.) All coordinates here are given in the GDA (WGS84) system. Most of the walk is on the Michelago map. To further complicate matters one of the fire trails is not shown on the map even though it is quite distinct on the orthophoto map on the rear of the Michelago map.

 

The start point is at a gate about 7 ½ km on the Burru Rd, south of the Williamsdale turnoff. The start is about ½ km south of where the Keewong Fire Trail meets the main road. (Do not start on the Keewong Fire trail, there is a good parking area a bit further along.) The coordinates of the parking area are 007554.

 

 Start the walk at the gate near the Tinderry sign and after a hundred meters or so take the left hand branch of the track. After about 1.2 km (019552) and take the track that heads north in order to meet the Keewong Fire Trail. After about 600m you will hit the fire trail where you turn right (020558).

 

There are few steep but short sections on this part of the track. When you meet the track junction marked Monkellar Fire Trail turn right along that trail (035553). The Monkellar Fire Trail is not shown on the map. (If you want to use this map it is suggested you try to trace the fire trail from the photo map and transfer it to the ortho map.)

 

Keep going along that trail for about 3 ½ km. Some of the steep pinches along this section can be circumvented by contouring around the hillside, but be careful that you rejoin the main track and don’t veer off down a spur.

 

At about 024521 the track intersects two water course that are close together with a watercourse junction about 80 m NE of the track between the two watercourses. This makes a nice lunch spot.

 

You have several choices from here:

 

  1. From the lunch stop go down the gully to the north-west. Stay on the right-hand (NW) side of the gully. If you are lucky you will find an animal track that will make walking quite easy. After the third deep gully (022527) head up the hill side to the top of the ridge at about 022530. Now walk down the ridge and you hit a fire trail at about 019533. Take the track in a north direction and follow it until you see a gate into the nature reserve. (The short section from where you meet the track to the gate is not completely in the reserve.) At the gate you can either follow the fence in a westerly direction until you meet another fire trail that goes north/south, or you can go through the gate and head directly back to the car. If you take the former route, turn right at the N/S fire trail and head north back to the car.

 

  1. Another route from the lunch spot is to go back north along the track to the top of the ridge, a distance of about ½ km, and go NW  down the ridge until you meet the track mentioned in the previous section. Follow the same course back to the cars.

 

  1. This route takes you outside the nature reserve boundaries onto private land, so it is not recommended. Continue along the track which eventually goes through a broad saddle and on the south-east side of a flatish knoll and parallels a watercourse very close by on the south-east side. From here on the track is very steep going down the hill with loose stones making it very slippery. Also, the track does not appear to follow the map (or perhaps vice versa). The track crosses a water course at about 012520 still going down. When the track appears to take a sharp left turn at what looks like a track junction be very careful. DO NOT take the track going south, but head off down the gully along what is shown as a track on the map, but which no longer exists. The going in the gully is very easy and you will eventually meet the track which is quite indistinct. You will eventually see the main road ahead of you. Do not go to the road (unless you want an easy walk back to the car). Contour around the hill going north towards the clearing shown on the map. The map shows a track going north from the clearing up the spur between the main road and the first eastern gully but the track cannot be seen. There is a short track going north between the two gullies. We took that track and it heads up the 2nd spur just to the east of the gully which is shown with a clearing along its course. Keep going north until you meet an indistinct track junction at about 015533. Take the west fork and follow the track until you meet a more distinct track which will be the one shown on the map. Keep going north and follow this track. You will eventually meet a fence that marks the nature park boundary. Go left here and follow the track west back to the main road and your vehicle.

 

 

Maps: Michelago, 1:25000, LPI, NSW, Sheet:8726 4S; Second Edition