Daisy Hill State Forest is a treasure trove of tracks and facilities. Whether you have a hour to spare or the whole day, Daisy Hill State Forest has something to offer. The forest caters to diverse users such as: bushwalkers, school groups, mountain bike riders, rogaine adventurers, wedding parties and horse riders. A 2km ring road, with multiple car parking areas, surrounds the picnic BBQ area, and koala information centre. Branching out from this ring road are walking tracks of varying degrees of difficulty.
Location: End of Daisy Hill Road, Daisy Hill
Walking Distance: Various – from 450m to 10+km
Elevation: Varies – from negligible to hilly
Time: 10 Minutes to 10 Hours
Difficulty: Easy to Challenging. The paperbark trail is wheelchair and pram friendly
Costs/Permit: No cost, no permit required
Facilities: Picnic tables and wood BBQs (wood supplied only until July 2019) plus gas BBQ, public toilets in 3 places throughout the ring road area, koala information and viewing centre, mountain bike trails, horse trails, old quarry….
What to take: Insect repellent, hat, camera, map
Daisy Hill Tracks Map (pdf file)
The Paperbark Trail is the quickest and easiest of the bushwalks available at less than 1km. The boardwalk was upgraded in 2020. It is pram and wheelchair friendly and has seating at the halfway point along the wooden boardwalk. With no discernible elevation it is ideal for young families or the very frail.
The Paperbark Trail encompasses some of the prettiest areas within Daisy Hill State Forest. The floor of ferns is particularly lovely. The recent concreting of the path makes it even more accessible to different mobility devices. Nobody is excluded from experiencing nature here!
Just outside the Daisy Hill State Forest precinct is Lake Dennis. Easily accessible from the Paperbark Trail, or by taking the first right hand turn after leaving the forest, Lake Dennis is worth a look see. A small area of the shore of the lake is accessible to the public, with the rest owned by residences. Not a bushwalk per se, but worth checking out if you are interested in the history of the area.