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Blue Gum Track

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Published May 8th 2016
Bush in the ‘burbs
Needing some down time with nature but don't want to travel out of Sydney? Old Mans Valley is untouched wilderness located only minutes away from Hornsby Station.

The Blue Gum Track is part of the Great North Walk, an iconic track that stretches from Sydney to Newcastle. This loop track is of moderate to difficult grade, is approximately 5 kilometres long and takes up to 2 hours to complete. It is suitable for kids from the age of 8.

The track offers a great work out with lots of steep climbs and steps traversing Old Mans Creek down in the valley amongst subtropical rainforest filled with ferns and moss-adorned boulders, and dry bushland with blackboy trees and beautiful blue gum eucalyptus trees, before climbing up the escarpment back towards suburbia.

This track is great for all seasons. There is lots of shade during the summer months and after a big rainfall the creek rages with water, making a spectacular viewing experience.

I brought along my SLR camera to practice my bokeh and blurring water cascade shots, there is so much subject matter to focus your lens on. Take your time exploring and happy snapping.

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Blum Gum Tree Bokeh Effect


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Macro Moss in Sunlight


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Cascading Old Mans Creek


The Blue Gum Track

The track starts from the reserve at the end of Rosemead Road and ends at Ginger Meggs Park. If you are walking from Hornsby Station, take Dural St and down the steep convict steps.

There are picnic benches but no toilet facilities.

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Rosemead Road Reserve


Follow the sign towards Fishponds and keep a look out for the Blue Gum Track sign.

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Blue Gum Track


Take a slight detour to visit the Fishpond and jump the stepping stones to the other side of Old Mans Creek.

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Fishpond


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Stepping Stones


Return back to the Blue Gum Track as it follows the cascading creek, passing many cave systems and moss-adorned boulders and Blue Gum eucalyptus trees.

We spent most of our rest time here, sitting on the boulders admiring the cascading creek, taking in the tranquillity of Old Mans Valley. It is hard to imagine that this wilderness is so close to suburbia yet so secluded and natural.

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Cascading Waters




You will need to cross the creek and climb your way up the escarpment to get to the best views from the top.

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Steps


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View from the top


Then climb your way back down to the valley passing the subtropical rainforest, filled with ferns and boulders before crossing the creek once again and arriving at Ginger Meggs Park.



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Moss on Boulders


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Creek Crossing tO Ginger Meggs Park


Map



I hope you enjoyed the track as much as we did. Happy bush walking.

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What an enchanting place.
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Lovely..on my to do list for sure.
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Looks like an interesting walk May. Great photos too.
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