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The Blue Gum Swamp Track Winmalee

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by Janelle (subscribe)
I like to participate in life rather than be a spectator. Music, dancing, theatre, travelling, food, cycling and walking are some of my passions. Writing is an enjoyable pastime that allows me to share my experiences.
Published August 3rd 2019
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Mountain bike or walk (image JW)


The Blue Gum Swamp Track is an interesting walk that is full of colourful wildflowers in spring. This track is part of the Lower Grose Valley area of the Blue Mountains National Park and very close to the township of Winmalee.

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The start of the walk (image JW)


The easy/medium 9km loop is family-friendly and used for hiking, mountain biking, trail running and bird watching. The loop walk takes about two hours and has an elevation gain of 209m. Most of the well-marked path is soft and sandy underfoot but there are a few sections of loose rocks where you need to take a bit more care.

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Colourful native plants (image JW)


Students from Winmalee Public School developed a map in 2013 that illustrates some of the highlights of the walk. A large part of the track follows the course of Blue Gum Swamp Creek and there are three rocky creek crossings that are very dry at the moment. In wet weather and after rain, the path would be quite soggy and you would need to look out for leeches,

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Mountain bike tracks (image JW)


The area is popular for mountain bikers as the trails are well marked and nature lovers would enjoy spotting some of the 122 recorded species of birds as well as the various types of native plants and wildflowers.

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A track through tall trees (image JW)


Blue Gum Swamp Track is suitable for all seasons as long as you dress suitably and take enough drinking water as well as paying attention to bushfire and weather warnings. Spring walkers would be rewarded with colourful displays of native wildflowers, such as Wattle, Banksia, Flannel Flowers and Waratah.

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A fork in the road (image JW)


There is a small parking area at the end of White Cross Road near the start of the track. There are no toilet facilities or drinking water at hand but Winmalee shopping centre is about 1km away and has all of the amenities you would need.

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Sandstone outcrops (image JW)
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Why? Exercise in the Australian bush
When: Daylight hours
Where: End of White Cross Road, Winmalee
Cost: Free
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