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Black Duck Creek Circuit Walk
Time: 1 Hr Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
2.6 km W of Adamstown
Length: 2.1 km Walk Length
As this is a Circuit style walk, the 2.1 km includes the walking distance from the start around the loop and back to the start again
Newcastle(LGA)
Climb: 89 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 89 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 walk circumnavigates Black Duck Creek by following the shady Blueberry Ash trail. The walk then returns to Carnley Reserve using the Main Ridge Walking Trail. This relatively short walk has a good combination of shady moist forest and more exposed ridge forest. Make sure you visit the Wildlife Exhibit while at Carnley Reserve. A recommended walk. (open in app)


Today's Fire rating
LOW MODERATE (No fire ban)
  Bushwalking track notes photographs, maps and camping spots for Black Duck Creek Circuit Walk

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of Black Duck Creek Circuit Walk
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Carnley Avenue Reserve
Int of Blueberry Ash Walk and Carnley Trail
Int of Main Ridge and Blueberry Ash Walks
Rain Forest Walk & Main Ridge Walk
Int of Lookout Road & Main Ridge Trail
Main Ridge & Rain Forest Walks
Int of Main Ridge Trail & Lookout Road
Int of Boardwalk & Main Ridge Trail
Int of Boardwalk & Carnley Trail
Starting point for this hiking track: Int of Blueberry Ash Walk & Carnley Trail

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
 Wallsend 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-92323S 
 Newcastle 1:100 000 Map Series 9232 

Photo Gallery

 
Sealed trail and information centre at Carnley Reserve in the Blackbutt Reserve
 
Sealed trail and information centre at Carnley Reserve in the Blackbutt Reserve +
 
Trail next to Black Duck pond in Carnley Reserve in the Blackbutt Reserve
 
Trail next to Black Duck pond in Carnley Reserve in the Blackbutt Reserve +
 
Information centre at Carnley Reserve in the Blackbutt Reserve
 
Information centre at Carnley Reserve in the Blackbutt Reserve +

 
Information centre at Carnley Reserve
 
Information centre at Carnley Reserve +
 
Black Duck pond in the Carnley Reserve in the Blackbutt Reserve
 
Black Duck pond in the Carnley Reserve in the Blackbutt Reserve +
 
Sealed trail and picnic shelter near Carnley Reserve
 
Sealed trail and picnic shelter near Carnley Reserve +

 
Trail beside metal ring fence down towards Carnley Reserve in the Blackbutt Reserve
 
Trail beside metal ring fence down towards Carnley Reserve in the Blackbutt Reserve +
 
Sign in Blackbutt Reserve
 
Sign in Blackbutt Reserve +
 
Trail into the forest on the Blueberry Ash Trail in the Blackbutt Reserve
 
Trail into the forest on the Blueberry Ash Trail in the Blackbutt Reserve +

 
Leafy trail on Blueberry Ash trail in the Blackbutt Reserve
 
Leafy trail on Blueberry Ash trail in the Blackbutt Reserve +
 
A section of the Blueberry Ash Trail in Blackbutt Reserve
 
A section of the Blueberry Ash Trail in Blackbutt Reserve +
 
Trail through moist forest on the Blueberry Ash Trail in the Blackbutt Reserve
 
Trail through moist forest on the Blueberry Ash Trail in the Blackbutt Reserve +

 
Intersection and sign in the Blackbutt Reserve
 
Intersection and sign in the Blackbutt Reserve +
 
Trail through forest in the Blackbutt Reserve
 
Trail through forest in the Blackbutt Reserve +
 
Brick building on the Main Ridge in the Blackbutt Reserve
 
Brick building on the Main Ridge in the Blackbutt Reserve +

 
Old brick building in the Blackbutt Reserve
 
Old brick building in the Blackbutt Reserve +
 
Sealed trail on the Main Ridge in the Blackbutt Reserve
 
Sealed trail on the Main Ridge in the Blackbutt Reserve +
 
Intersection and trails in the Blackbutt Reserve
 
Intersection and trails in the Blackbutt Reserve +

 
Old picnic area in the Blackbutt Reserve
 
Old picnic area in the Blackbutt Reserve +
 
Intersection and sign in the Blackbutt Reserve
 
Intersection and sign in the Blackbutt Reserve +
 
Intersection and sign in the Blackbutt Reserve
 
Intersection and sign in the Blackbutt Reserve +

 
Sealed trail going downhill in the Blackbutt Reserve
 
Sealed trail going downhill in the Blackbutt Reserve +
 
Sealed trail with forest either side in the Blackbutt Reserve
 
Sealed trail with forest either side in the Blackbutt Reserve +
 
Sealed trail close to Carnley Reserve car park in the Blackbutt Reserve
 
Sealed trail close to Carnley Reserve car park in the Blackbutt Reserve +

 
Close to an intersection at the Carnley Reserve car park and Wildlife Exhibits entrance in Blackbutt Reserve
 
Close to an intersection at the Carnley Reserve car park and Wildlife Exhibits entrance in Blackbutt Reserve +
 
Intersection near the entrance to the Wildlife Exhibits at Blackbutt Reserve
 
Intersection near the entrance to the Wildlife Exhibits at Blackbutt Reserve +
 
Vegetation found in Blackbutt Reserve
 
Vegetation found in Blackbutt Reserve +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the Black Duck Creek Circuit Walk bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Black Duck Creek Circuit Walk bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Black Duck Creek Circuit Walk bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Black Duck Creek Circuit Walk 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 2.1km
Time 1 Hr
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Grade 3/6

Track: Moderate
AS 2156.1 Gradient Gentle hills with occasional steps (2/6)
Quality of track Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Signs Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Experience Required No experience required (1/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
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
Around 1.7km of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps, whilst the remaining 390m is flat with no steps.

Quality of track
Around 1.2km of this walk follows a clear and well formed track or trail, whilst the remaining 930m follows a smooth and hardened path.

Signs
Around 1.8km of this walk is clearly signposted, whilst the remaining 280m has directional signs at most intersection.

Experience Required
This whole walk, 2.1km requires no previous bushwalking experience.

Weather
This whole walk, 2.1km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
This whole walk, 2.1km is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).

Track Notes


Catch the bus to Carnley Avenue Reserve
Public transport (bus) available to this Bushwalk You can phone 131500 (the transport info line) for up to date running times.
Use these links to plan your Bus (and train) trip to the end of this walk.
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Drive to Carnley Avenue Reserve
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.
Plan your trip from --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|

Blackbutt Reserve Alt = 73 m
Blackbutt Reserve, near Newcastle, occupies over 182 hectares of land and provides visitors with the chance to enjoy nature trails[1], wildlife exhibits[2][3], children's playgrounds[4] and recreational facilities. The reserve is the perfect place for a relaxing family picnic or to explore on a bushwalk. Native wildlife, such as the Powerful Owl and the Grey-headed flying fox[5] can be seen within the park. There is an information cottage[6] at Carnley Avenue, which is open 7am to 5pm, or 7am to 7pm during daylight savings. The reserve has car parking at Carnley Avenue, Richley Reserve, Lookout Road and Mahonoy Drive. For more information, phone 02 4904 3344.

Carnley Ave Reserve Alt = 39 m
The Carnley Avenue Reserve, within Blackbutt Reserve, is wheelchair accessible and has toilets[7], drinking fountains[8], gas/electric barbeques[9], sheltered picnic tables[10], a children's playground[11], fenced displays of kangaroos and emu[12], a large black duck pond[13] and an information centre[14] that is housed within a replica pioneering cottage. The information cottage has a range of souvenirs, focusing on quality and affordable products. A fee of $4 per vehicle can be paid from the automatic machines[15] in the car park. The information centre is open 7am to 5pm, or 7am to 7pm during daylight savings. For further information phone: 02 4904 3344.

(0 km) Carnley Avenue Reserve to Int of Blueberry Ash Walk & Carnley Trail
Walk: Easy - road
Length = 131 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 9 m Descent = -1 m
From the intersection[16][17], this walk follows the sealed road, while initially keeping the Black Duck Pond[18] on your left and the replica pioneering cottage[19][20] directly behind you. This walk continues, passing the Black Duck Pond (on the left) and continues gently uphill[21] for about 150m (passing a sheltered picnic area[22] and children's playground on the right) until coming to a three-way intersection[23] with a gravel trail (on the left), a metal ring fence (on the right) and a 'Main Ridge Walk (loop)' sign[24].

(0.13 km) Int of Blueberry Ash Walk and Carnley Trail to Int of Rain Forest Walk and Lookout Road
Walk: Easy - servicetrail,road
Length = 1.19 km Time = 24 mins
Climb = 72 m Descent = -25 m
Turn sharp left: From the intersection[25], this walk follows the 'Blueberry Ash Walk to Lookout Rd CarPark' sign[26] and gravel trail[27] gently downhill, while leaving the metal ring fence[28] directly behind. This walk continues, undulating through mature forest for about 800m, with Black Duck Creek visible (on the left), until coming to a T-intersection[29] with a sealed road and the 'Blueberry Ash Walk to Carnley Ave Carpark' sign[30].
Turn left: From the intersection[31], this walk follows the 'Main Ridge Walk to Lookout Rd Car Park' sign[32] and sealed road gently downhill, while keeping the valley on your left. This walk continues, undulating for about 400m through attractive forest[33][34] until coming to a three-way intersection[35] with a road and brick buildings[36] (on the left) and yellow metal posts and a 'Main Ridge Walk (Loop)' sign[37][38] (on the right).

(1.32 km) Rain Forest Walk & Main Ridge Walk to Int of Lookout Road & Main Ridge Trail
Track: Moderate - road
Length = 148 m Time = 3 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -9 m
Veer left: From the intersection[39], this walk follows the sealed road[40], while passing the two square brick buildings[41][42] (on your right) and leaving the yellow metal posts[43] (directly behind). This walk continues through a picnic area for about 160m until coming to a three-way intersection[44] with a sealed road and 'Rainforest Walk' sign[45] (on the right).

(1.47 km) Int of Lookout Road & Main Ridge Trail to Int of Main Ridge Trail & Lookout Road
Walk: Easy - road
Length = 406 m Time = 9 mins
Climb = 4 m Descent = -42 m
Turn right: From the intersection[46][47], this walk follows the 'Rainforest Walk' sign[48] gently downhill, while keeping the valley on your right. This walk continues through dense forest[49] for about 170m until coming to a T-intersection[50], with a 'Rainforest Walk to Lookout Rd Carpark' sign[51] indicating a right turn.
Continue straight: From the intersection[52], this walk follows the 'Wildlife Exhibit' sign[53] and sealed road gently downhill, while keeping the valley on the right. This walk continues, undulating for about 260m until coming to a three-way intersection[54], with a 'Lookout Road Carpark' sign[55] and gently uphill sealed road on the left.

(1.87 km) Int of Main Ridge Trail & Lookout Road to Int of Boardwalk & Carnley Trail
Track: Moderate - road,servicetrail
Length = 229 m Time = 5 mins
Climb = 4 m Descent = -11 m
Continue straight: From the intersection[56], this walk follows the 'Wildlife Exhibitions 120m' sign[57] and sealed road[58] gently downhill, while keeping the 'Lookout Road Carpark' sign[59] directly behind you. This walk continues through forest[60] for about 140m, until coming to a four-way intersection[61] with the Wildlife Exhibits boardwalk[62] (on the left), a car park[63] ahead and a disabled car park (on the right).
Veer left: From the intersection[64], this walk follows the sealed trail gently downhill, while initially keeping the 'Animals' sign[65] and elevated timber boardwalk[66] on the left. This walk continues for about 90m, passing an 'Animals' sign[67] and 'Information' sign (on the left) and concrete stairs (on the right), until coming to a three-way intersection[68][69], with a large timber fenced gate[70] (on the left).

Blackbutt Wildlife Exhibits Alt = 47 m
This boardwalk in the Blackbutt Reserve offers wildlife exhibits[71] on an elevated timber boardwalk which is wheelchair accessible. Some of the wildlife that you are likely to encounter are kangaroos, koalas[72], wombats[73], Lace monitors[74], Wonga Pigeons, Red-winged Parrots, Black-winged Stilt[75], Buff-banded Rail, Herons[76], Eastern long-necked Turtle, Kingfishers[77], Turquoise Parrot, Banded Plover, Peaceful Dove[78], Cockatoos, Lorikeets, True Parrots, Major Mitchell Cockatoo, Bush Stone Curlew, Long-tailed Finch and Barking Owls[79]. 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[80] are available at 2pm daily and cost $3.50/person. For further information, phone: 02 4904 3344. More info

(2.1 km) Int of Boardwalk & Carnley Trail to Carnley Avenue Reserve
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - road
Length = 16 m Time =
Climb = 0 m Descent = -2 m
Turn right: From the intersection[81], this walk follows the sealed trail[82] gently downhill and towards the Black Duck Pond[83], while initially keeping the large timber fenced gate[84] on your left. This walk continues for about 20m until coming to a four-way intersection[85], with the replica pioneering cottage[86][87], Black Duck Pond and a 'Richley Reserve' sign[88] (on the left).

Catch the bus from Carnley Avenue Reserve
Public transport (bus) available from this Bushwalk You can phone 131500 (the transport info line) for up to date running times.
Use these links to plan your Bus (and train) trip from the end of this walk.
(Links currently not working sorry)
Plan your trip to --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|
Drive from Carnley Avenue Reserve
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

From
Castle Hill
Chatswood
Dural
Epping
Gosford
Hornsby
Katoomba
Manly
Parramatta
Penrith
Strathfield
Sutherland
Sydney
From the end of the walk

To
Castle Hill
Chatswood
Dural
Epping
Gosford
Hornsby
Katoomba
Manly
Parramatta
Penrith
Strathfield
Sutherland
Sydney

Driving Directions
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Near by



Nearest know Outdoor Stores near the start of this walk
Store Address Phone Distance (straight line)
Kathmandu 6 Northcott Drv, Kotara (02) 4952 1233 1.2 km
Aussie Disposal Newcastle 4/ 14 Northcott Drv, Kotara (02) 4965 5500 1.3 km
Boots Great Outdoors 27 Lambton Rd , Broadmeadow (02) 4969 4655 3.7 km
Camping World 3/ 276 Macquarie Rd , Warners Bay (02) 4956 6183 4.6 km
Wallsend Army Disposal Store Cnr Tyrrell & Council Sts, Wallsend (02) 4951 5725 4.8 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Black Duck Creek Circuit Walk.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Black Duck Creek Circuit Walk
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1 CHT01 Our Town Repeater Group 244 Pacific Highway CHARLESTOWN 3 km (to the S)
5 CHN05 Our Town Repeater Group 244 Pacific Highway CHARLESTOWN
Emergency use only
3 km (to the S)
6 NEW06 Gencom Site 1 Sugarloaf Range via NEWCASTLE 17 km (to the W)
2 VMB4 Auzcom Communications Site 1 Sugarloaf Range Via NEWCASTLE 17 km (to the W)
3 VMB2 Tower Street BATEAU BAY 54 km (to the SSW)

Weather and Park info

Fire Danger
This walk passes Greater Hunter fire area which currently has a LOW MODERATE rating and No fire ban in place.
(Tomorrow the Fire Danger Rating is LOW MODERATE, No fire ban.) (Downloaded 3 years ago)
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
°C (feels like °)
km/h from the
% humidity     (as at )
Wed      27°Showers. Likely storm developing.
Thu21°|25°Possible shower.
Fri20°|30°Becoming windy. Partly cloudy.
Sat19°|24°Possible late shower.
A graph displaying the average daily temperature range for the year

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