Part of the appeal of Daisy Hill Conservation Park is its connectedness to other bushland areas. With easy access to a handful of other parks and reserves, there is hundreds of acres of bush waiting to be explored.
Location: Daisy Hill Rd, Daisy Hill, 4127
Walking Distance: 12km
Time: 2-4 hours
Cost/Permits: No cost, no permits
Opening Times: 7am – 6:30pm ring road section, Upper day use area open all hours
Facilities: At upper day use area: parking for around 30 vehicles, information board and map, water/bubbler, bike repair station, picnic tables. At day use area: toilets, Koala Centre, sheltered picnic areas, gas BBQ, interactive facilities.
What to Take: Water, insect repellent, hat, sunscreen
Starting from the Daisy Hill trail hub, where there is parking for around 30 vehicles in the upper day use area car park, follow signs for Quarry Rd/Stringybark circuit. After approximately 1.5km, take the Kimberley Forest Park trail. Keep left at the fork, and look out for a gate on your left just after reaching 2kms. It’s possible to take the Nirvana trail – marked 8 on the map – however, this is mainly used by mountain bikes.
Completing this bushwalk requires walking along Leo Lindo Drive for just under 1km. The temporary exit from the forest into suburbia provided an interesting contrast. Residents in this street had managed to meld the beauty of the bush with the beauty of planned gardens. This was one of my favourite parts of the bushwalk.
Rejoining the forest, now Venman Bushland National Park, there are several tracks that can be taken. Using a GPS tracker was definitely helpful along this course. Joining up with Venman circuit was straight forward, and accessing Neville Lawrie Reserve was well signed.
The Old Quarry is a great place to stop for a morning or afternoon tea break.
Historically, Daisy Hill Conservation Park has been very hot and very dry. However, after a very wet summer, it was pleasantly cool and – in places – vibrantly green.