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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.
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,
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.
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.
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.