Main Ridge Circuit Walk
Awabakal & Worimi Country

1 h to 2 h

2.4 km
circuit

↑ 76 m
↓ -76 m

Moderate track
This walk follows a wide trail along eucalyptus lined broad ridges as it circumnavigates Black Duck Creek. This walk starts and finishes at Carnley Reserve and while there, why not enjoy a picnic and/or visit to the Wildlife Exhibits. Combined with the excellent facilities at Carnley Reserve, this walk is recommended for everybody, on all but the hottest days of summer. Let us begin by acknowledging the Awabakal & Worimi people, Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present. 
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Intersection in Carnley Reserve at Blackbutt Reserve. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Wildlife Exhibit boardwalk entrance at Carnley Ave Reserve in Blackbutt Reserve. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Sealed trail towards the rainforest in Blackbutt Reserve. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Trail in the Blackbutt Reserve. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Intersection and sign in the Blackbutt Reserve . | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Leafy trail in Blackbutt Reserve. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Sealed trail in the Blackbutt Reserve. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Trail going uphill in Blackbutt Reserve. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Sealed Trail upto the ridge in Blackbutt Reserve. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Sealed trail looking towards Lookout Road in Blackbutt Reserve. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Old brick building at the end of Lookout Road in Blackbutt Reserve. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Old brick building in Blackbutt Reserve. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
An intersection at the end of Lookout Rd in the Blackbutt Reserve. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Trail down into forest in from Main Ridge in Blackbutt Reserve. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Trail on the Main Ridge Walk in Blackbutt Reserve. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Attractive plants on the Main Ridge Walk in Blackbutt Reserve. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Vegetation found in Blackbutt Reserve. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Leafy trail in Blackbutt Reserve. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Trail with shadows on the Main Ridge Walk in Blackbutt Reserve. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Trail in the Blackbutt Reserve. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Sign on the Main Ridge Walk in the Blackbutt Reserve. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Graffiti on a tree in the Blackbutt Reserve. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Views through the forest in the Blackbutt Reserve. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Wide trail in the Blackbutt Reserve. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Sealed trail through forest in the Blackbutt Reserve. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Eucalyptus forest in the Blackbutt Reserve. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Wide sealed trail in the Blackbutt Reserve. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Tall trees beside a trail in the Blackbutt Reserve. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Sign and trail on a sunny day in the Blackbutt Reserve. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Metal ring fence and intersection ahead on a trail in the Blackbutt Reserve. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Metal ring fence beside a sealed trail in the Blackbutt Reserve. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Sign and trail going downhill close to Carnley Reserve in the Blackbutt Reserve. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Trail into the forest on the Blueberry Ash Trail in the Blackbutt Reserve. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Intersection near Carnley Reserve in the Blackbutt Reserve. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Trail beside metal ring fence down towards Carnley Reserve in the Blackbutt Reserve. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Black Duck pond in the Carnley Reserve in the Blackbutt Reserve. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Trail next to Black Duck pond in Carnley Reserve in the Blackbutt Reserve. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Information centre at Carnley Reserve in the Blackbutt Reserve. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Sealed trail and information centre at Carnley Reserve in the Blackbutt Reserve. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Information centre at Carnley Reserve. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Sealed trail at Carnley Reserve. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
An entrance to the Wildlife Exhibits at Carnley Reserve in the Blackbutt Reserve. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Level trail at Carnley Reserve in the Blackbutt Reserve. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
An entrance to the Wildlife Exhibits at Carnley Reserve in the Blackbutt Reserve. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
A level trail amongst forest in the Carnley Reserve. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
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Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
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Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start (-32.9379544,151.6981087)
Mode Bus Car (There is free parking available.)
DirectionsFrom Charlestown Road, A37
  • Turn on to Carnley Avenue then drive for 1.2 km
  • Turn left and drive for another 50 m
  • Turn slight left and drive for another 175 m
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the intersection, this walk follows the sealed road gently uphill, while initially keeping the timber fenced boardwalk to the Wildlife Exhibits on your right. This walk continues through forest for about 140m until coming to a three-way intersection, with a 'Lookout Road Carpark 400m' sign (on the right).
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Rainforest Walk' sign and sealed road gently downhill. This walk continues undulating for about 260m until coming to a three-way intersection, with a sealed road (on the right) and a 'Rainforest Walk to Lookout Rd Carpark' sign (on the left).....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 145 m continue straight.
After another 200 m turn right.
After another 55 m pass the water tap (8 m on your left).
After another 20 m pass the BBQ (7 m on your right).
After another 45 m continue straight.
After another 190 m pass the BBQ (20 m on your right).
After another 40 m pass the water tap (15 m on your right).
Turn right.
After another 430 m continue straight.
After another 130 m veer right.
After another 700 m turn right.
After another 170 m continue straight.
After another 130 m continue straight.
After another 50 m veer right.
After another 30 m pass the picnic table (20 m on your left).
After another 6 m pass the playground (30 m on your left).
Continue straight.
After another 30 m pass the toilet (20 m on your right).
After another 20 m pass the "Information and Canteen" (15 m on your left).
Continue straight.
After another 10 m find the "Blackbutt Wildlife Exhibits" (30 m on your right).
Blackbutt Wildlife Exhibits
Blackbutt Wildlife Exhibits

This boardwalk in the Blackbutt Reserve offers wildlife exhibits on an elevated timber boardwalk which is wheelchair accessible. Some of the wildlife that you are likely to encounter are kangaroos, koalas, wombats, Lace monitors, Wonga Pigeons, Red-winged Parrots, Black-winged Stilt, Buff-banded Rail, Herons, Eastern long-necked Turtle, Kingfishers, Turquoise Parrot, Banded Plover, Peaceful Dove, Cockatoos, Lorikeets, True Parrots, Major Mitchell Cockatoo, Bush Stone Curlew, Long-tailed Finch and Barking Owls. Entry is free and the exhibit is open from 9.00am to 5.00pm every day (closed Christmas Day, Good Friday and until 1pm ANZAC Day). Personal koala encounters are available at 2pm daily and cost $3.50/person. For further information, phone: 02 4904 3344.
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This boardwalk in the Blackbutt Reserve offers wildlife exhibits on an elevated timber boardwalk which is wheelchair accessible. Some of the wildlife that you are likely to encounter are kangaroos, koalas, wombats, Lace monitors, Wonga Pigeons, Red-winged Parrots, Black-winged Stilt, Buff-banded Rail, Herons, Eastern long-necked Turtle, Kingfishers, Turquoise Parrot, Banded Plover, Peaceful Dove, Cockatoos, Lorikeets, True Parrots, Major Mitchell Cockatoo, Bush Stone Curlew, Long-tailed Finch and Barking Owls. Entry is free and the exhibit is open from 9.00am to 5.00pm every day (closed Christmas Day, Good Friday and until 1pm ANZAC Day). Personal koala encounters are available at 2pm daily and cost $3.50/person. For further information, phone: 02 4904 3344.

After another 80 m pass the picnic table (10 m on your left).
About 15 m past the end is a picnic table.
About 15 m past the end is a picnic table.
After another 5 m come to the end.
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Terrain
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Main Ridge Circuit Walk


Grading
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 2.4 km
Time 1 h to 2 h
Quality of track Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Gradient Gentle hills with occasional steps (2/6)
Signage Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Infrastructure Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (1/6)
Experience Required No experience required (1/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)

Some facilities on route
Toilet: There is one 2.3 km from the start.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Toilet
2.3 km[toilet]
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