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Tall Trees Circuit Walk
Time: 1 hr 15 mins Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
2.4 km W of Adamstown
Length: 2.8 km Walk Length
As this is a Circuit style walk, the 2.8 km includes the walking distance from the start around the loop and back to the start again
Newcastle(LGA)
Climb: 90 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 90 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 Coal Mine Creek on good trails. The walk starts and finishes at Richley Reserve, which has excellent picnic facilities combined with a lovely outlook over large ponds. The well established eucalyptus forest that this walk travels through surrounds you as you walk along these trail. This is a good walk which is made all the more pleasant by using the excellent facilities of Richley Reserve in Blackbutt Reserve. (open in app)


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

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of Tall Trees Circuit Walk
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Richley Reserve (Car Park)
Richley Reserve (Ponds end)
Int of Forest Way & Tall Trees Walks
Tall Trees & Forest Way Walks
Main Ridge & Lookout Road Trails
Int of Main Ridge & Tall Trees Walks
Int of Main Ridge & Tall Trees Walks
Richley Reserve (Short Cut Intersection)
Int of Richley Reserve & Tall Tree Walk (loop)
Richley Reserve (Short Cut Intersection)
Richley Reseve (four way intersection)
Starting point for this hiking track: Richley Reserve (Ponds end)

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 
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Photo Gallery

 
Richley Reserve Car Park, Blackbutt Reserve
 
Richley Reserve Car Park, Blackbutt Reserve +
 
Sign at Richley Reserve in Blackbutt Reserve
 
Sign at Richley Reserve in Blackbutt Reserve +
 
Sign and sheltered picnic tables in Richley Reserve
 
Sign and sheltered picnic tables in Richley Reserve +

 
Locked gate in Richley Reserve in Blackbutt Reserve
 
Locked gate in Richley Reserve in Blackbutt Reserve +
 
Large pond with black swan in Richley Reserve
 
Large pond with black swan in Richley Reserve +
 
Trail by pond in Richley Reserve in Blackbutt Reserve
 
Trail by pond in Richley Reserve in Blackbutt Reserve +

 
Trail by pond in Richley Reserve in Blackbutt Reserve
 
Trail by pond in Richley Reserve in Blackbutt Reserve +
 
Trail and pond in the distance at Richley Reserve
 
Trail and pond in the distance at Richley Reserve +
 
Trail through forest in Blackbutt Reserve
 
Trail through forest in Blackbutt Reserve +

 
Trail close to Richley Reserve in Blackbutt Reserve
 
Trail close to Richley Reserve in Blackbutt Reserve +
 
Forested trail in Blackbutt Reserve
 
Forested trail in Blackbutt Reserve +
 
Detailed sign on the Tall Trees walk in Blackbutt Reserve
 
Detailed sign on the Tall Trees walk in Blackbutt Reserve +

 
Sealed trail in Blackbutt Reserve
 
Sealed trail in Blackbutt Reserve +
 
Trail through fores in Blackbutt Reserve
 
Trail through fores in Blackbutt Reserve +
 
Wide trail through forest in Blackbutt Reserve
 
Wide trail through forest in Blackbutt Reserve +

 
Flower in forest in Blackbutt Reserve
 
Flower in forest in Blackbutt Reserve +
 
Uphill trail in Blackbutt Reserve
 
Uphill trail in Blackbutt Reserve +
 
A trail intersection near Lookout Road in Blackbutt Reserve
 
A trail intersection near Lookout Road in Blackbutt Reserve +

 
Trail through forest in Blackbutt Reserve
 
Trail through forest in Blackbutt Reserve +
 
Sign on the Main Ridge Walk in the Blackbutt Reserve
 
Sign on the Main Ridge Walk in the Blackbutt Reserve +
 
Graffiti on a tree in the Blackbutt Reserve
 
Graffiti on a tree in the Blackbutt Reserve +

 
Large eucalyptus forest in Blackbutt Reserve
 
Large eucalyptus forest 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 +
 
Views through the forest in the Blackbutt Reserve
 
Views through the forest in the Blackbutt Reserve +

 
Forest on a sunny day in Blackbutt Reserve
 
Forest on a sunny day in Blackbutt Reserve +
 
Trail through well established fores in Blackbutt Reserve
 
Trail through well established fores in Blackbutt Reserve +
 
Trail to a clearing in Blackbutt Reserve
 
Trail to a clearing in Blackbutt Reserve +

 
Eucalyptus forest in the Blackbutt Reserve
 
Eucalyptus forest in the Blackbutt Reserve +
 
Sealed trail with metal post near Richley Reserve in Blackbutt Reserve
 
Sealed trail with metal post near Richley Reserve in Blackbutt Reserve +
 
Detailed sign on the Tall Trees walk in Blackbutt Reserve
 
Detailed sign on the Tall Trees walk in Blackbutt Reserve +

 
Seat on the Tall Trees walk in Blackbutt Reserve
 
Seat on the Tall Trees walk in Blackbutt Reserve +
 
Sunny day in Blackbutt Reserve
 
Sunny day in Blackbutt Reserve +
 
Sealed footpath down to large grassy clearing in Richley Reserve
 
Sealed footpath down to large grassy clearing in Richley Reserve +

 
Metal post in footpath with a large grassy clearing in Richley Reserve
 
Metal post in footpath with a large grassy clearing in Richley Reserve +
 
Large grassy clearing looking to the north in Richley Reserve
 
Large grassy clearing looking to the north in Richley Reserve +
 
Large grassy picnic area in Richley Reserve
 
Large grassy picnic area in Richley Reserve +

 
Footpath leaving the large grassy picnic area in Richley Reserve
 
Footpath leaving the large grassy picnic area in Richley Reserve +
 
Sealed trail below large elevated picnic area in Richley Reserve
 
Sealed trail below large elevated picnic area in Richley Reserve +
 
Sealed trail with the Richley Reserve Car Park in the distance
 
Sealed trail with the Richley Reserve Car Park in the distance +

 
Sealed trail in Richley Reserve in Blackbutt Reserve
 
Sealed trail in Richley Reserve in Blackbutt Reserve +
 
Sealed trail in Richley Reserve in Blackbutt Reserve
 
Sealed trail in Richley Reserve in Blackbutt Reserve +
 
Trail in Richley Reserve near the large ponds in Blackbutt Reserve
 
Trail in Richley Reserve near the large ponds in Blackbutt Reserve +

 
Timber steps in Richley Reserve in Blackbutt Reserve
 
Timber steps in Richley Reserve in Blackbutt Reserve +
 
Timber bridge by large pond in Richley Reserve
 
Timber bridge by large pond in Richley Reserve +
 
Childrens playground in Richley Reserve in Blackbutt Reserve
 
Childrens playground in Richley Reserve in Blackbutt Reserve +

 
Grasslands with a large pond in the distance at Richley Reserve
 
Grasslands with a large pond in the distance at Richley Reserve +
 
Timber bridge by large pond in Richley Reserve
 
Timber bridge by large pond in Richley Reserve +
 
Black swan in large pond in Richley Reserve
 
Black swan in large pond in Richley Reserve +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the Tall Trees Circuit Walk bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Tall Trees Circuit Walk bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Tall Trees Circuit Walk bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Tall Trees 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 2.8km
Time 1 hr 15 mins
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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 1.4km of this walk is flat with no steps, whilst the remaining 1.4km has gentle hills with occasional steps.

Quality of track
Around 2.1km of this walk follows a smooth and hardened path, whilst the remaining 710m follows a clear and well formed track or trail.

Signs
Around 2.2km of this walk is clearly signposted, whilst the remaining 530m has directional signs at most intersection.

Experience Required
This whole walk, 2.8km requires no previous bushwalking experience.

Weather
This whole walk, 2.8km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
This whole walk, 2.8km is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).

Track Notes


Catch the bus to Richley Reserve (Car Park)
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.
(Links currently not working sorry)
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Drive to Richley Reserve (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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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.

Richley Reserve Alt = 38 m
The Richley Reserve, within Blackbutt Reserve, has a park office[7], large pond areas[8] with swans (beware the swans[9] as they defend their territory), sheltered picnic tables[10], water taps[11], toilets[12], open grassed areas[13], a children's playground[14], electric barbecues[15] and a car park[16]. The Richley Reserve car park has disability friendly parking and is open from 7am to 5pm or 7am to 7pm during daylight savings. For further information phone 02 4904 3344.

(0 km) Richley Reserve (Car Park) to Richley Reserve (Ponds end)
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - servicetrail
Length = 143 m Time = 3 mins
Climb = 8 m Descent = 0 m
From the Richley Reserve Car Park[17] (Freybery St, New Lambton), this walk follows the 'Tall Tree Ridge Walk' sign[18][19] and sealed trail gently uphill, while keeping the sheltered picnic table and large pond on your left. This walk continues through forest, with a pond on your left, for about 140m until coming to a four-way intersection[20], with a timber post[21] with chain attached (on the right) and another large pond[22] (on your left and ahead).

(0.14 km) Richley Reserve (Ponds end) to Int of Forest Way AND Tall Trees Walks
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 341 m Time = 6 mins
Climb = 14 m Descent = -1 m
Turn right: From the intersection[23][24], this walk follows the sealed trail gently uphill, while initially keeping the timber post with chain[25] attached on your right and keeping the large pond[26] directly behind. This walk continues through attractive forest[27] (ignoring side tracks[28]) for about 300m, until coming to a level T-intersection[29][30], with a 'Richley Carpark' sign[31] directly ahead.

(0.48 km) Int of Forest Way & Tall Trees Walks to Tall Trees Walk & Lookout Road Trails
Walk: Easy - servicetrail
Length = 596 m Time = 13 mins
Climb = 47 m Descent = -5 m
Veer left: From the intersection[32], this walk follows the 'Tall Trees Walk to Carnley Ave Carpark' sign[33] and sealed trail gently uphill. This walk continues through forest for about 300m until coming to a three-way intersection[34], with a 'Tall Tree Ridge Walk' sign[35] directly ahead.
Continue straight: From the intersection[36], this walk follows the 'Tall Tree Ridge Walk' sign[37] and sealed trail gently downhill, while keeping the valley on the left. This walk continues, undulating through thick forest[38] for about 290m until coming to a three-way intersection[39], with a 'Tall Trees Walk to Richley Carpark' sign[40] directly ahead.

(1.08 km) Main Ridge & Lookout Road Trails to Int of Main Ridge & Tall Trees Walks
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - servicetrail
Length = 350 m Time = 7 mins
Climb = 7 m Descent = -11 m
Turn left: From the intersection[41], this walk follows the 'Tall Trees Walk to Carnley Ave Carpark' sign[42] gently downhill, while keeping the valley on your right. This walk continues, undulating through forest for about 400m until coming to a level three-way intersection[43][44], with a 'Tall Trees Walk to Richley Carpark' sign[45] (on the left) and a sealed trail (on the right).

(1.43 km) Int of Main Ridge & Tall Trees Walks to Int of Carnley & Tall Trees Trails
Walk: Easy - servicetrail
Length = 714 m Time = 14 mins
Climb = 2 m Descent = -34 m
Continue straight: From the intersection[46][47], this walk follows the 'Main Ridge Walk to Carnley Ave Carpark' sign[48] and sealed trail gently uphill, while keeping the sealed gently downhill trail on your right. This walk continues through forest on a ridge for about 70m, to find an open gravel area[49][50] (on the left). Then this walk continues straight ahead, undulating for about 600m, until coming to a four-way intersection[51][52], with a 'Main Ridge Walk (loop)' sign[53] (on the left).

(2.14 km) Int of Main Ridge & Tall Trees Walks to Richley Reserve (Short Cut Intersection)
Track: Moderate - footpath
Length = 191 m Time = 4 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -25 m
Turn left : From the intersection[54], this walk passes around a metal post[55] and follows the 'Richley Carpark 400m' sign[56] and sealed footpath gently downhill, while leaving the bench seat[57] directly behind. This walk continues through forest for about 140m, to pass around a metal post[58] and find a large grassy picnic area[59][60]. Then this walk continues straight ahead over grass and through some trees for about 70m, until coming to a sealed trail[61][62][63] (with the valley beyond).

(2.34 km) Richley Reserve (Short Cut Intersection) to Richley Reserve (Car Park)
Alternate Exit: Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - servicetrail,road ( Show detail)
Length = 290 m Time = 6 mins
Climb = 6 m Descent = -9 m
Turn right: From the trail[64][65] below the large elevated grassed picnic area[66], this walk follows the trail gently downhill, while keeping the valley on your left. This walk continues through grassed parkland[67] for about 120m, until coming to a three-way intersection[68] with a sealed trail and a 'Tall Tree Walk (loop)' sign[69] (on the right).
Turn left: From the intersection[70][71], this walk follows the sealed trail gently downhill, keeping the 'Tall Tree Walk (loop)' sign[72] directly behind you while walking towards the road and car park. This walk continues for about 45m, passing through a metal gate[73] to find a three-way intersection, with a road[74] on the right and the car park[75] on the left. Then this walk turns left and follows the car park gently uphill for about 150m, until coming to a 'Tall Tree Ridge Walk' sign[76] and sheltered picnic tables[77][78] ahead. (End of the alternative exit track)

(2.34 km) Richley Reserve (Short Cut Intersection) to Richley Reserve (Four Way Intersection)
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - servicetrail
Length = 257 m Time = 5 mins
Climb = 10 m Descent = -8 m
Turn left: From the trail[79][80] below the large elevated grassed picnic area, this walk follows the gently downhill trail west, while keeping the valley on your right. This walk continues for about 120m to find a sheltered picnic area[81] (on the right). Then this walk continues straight ahead and gently uphill for about 160m, becoming gently downhill and passing timber steps[82] (on the left) and a toilet block (on the right), until coming to a four-way intersection[83], with a playground[84] on the right and a timber footbridge[85] directly ahead.

(2.59 km) Richley Reseve (four way intersection) to Richley Reserve (car park)
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - footpath
Length = 184 m Time = 3 mins
Climb = 2 m Descent = -7 m
Turn right: From the intersection[86], this walk follows the footpath[87] gently downhill, while initially keeping the timber footbridge[88] on your left. This walk continues for about 180m, beside a pond[89] (on your left), until coming to a car park[90] with a sheltered picnic table[91] and 'Tall Tree Ridge Walk' sign[92] (on the left).

Catch the bus from Richley Reserve (car park)
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.
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Drive from Richley Reserve (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.
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Getting there

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Public Transport Timetables

To the start of the walk

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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 1.2 km
Boots Great Outdoors 27 Lambton Rd , Broadmeadow (02) 4969 4655 3.3 km
Wallsend Army Disposal Store Cnr Tyrrell & Council Sts, Wallsend (02) 4951 5725 4.5 km
Mountain Designs Cnr King & National Park Sts, Newcastle West (02) 4962 3311 5.7 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Tall Trees Circuit Walk.
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Site Distance and dir from Tall Trees 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)
4 BOR04 Redgums Property 331 Lowes Lane BOORAL 54 km (to the NNE)

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
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Wed      27°Showers. Likely storm developing.
Thu21°|25°Possible shower.
Fri20°|30°Becoming windy. Partly cloudy.
Sat19°|24°Possible late shower.
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