Along a ridge near the western boundary of Para Wirra Conservation Park is Devils Nose Hike, a popular bushwalking trail with views that will stop you in your tracks. It was my first time attempting this walk yesterday and I must say I'm rather impressed.
Although classified as a hard hike, the trail does start off on an easy flat track before meandering through rough rocky surfaces as you get closer to the 'nose'. My return trip took approximately an hour and a half including numerous photography stops along the way.
I was told that the curious rock formation at the end of the trail resembles a nose and hence it's been named Devils Nose. Well, personally, I'm not 100% convinced, but you can be the judge of that when you visit.
Among other flora, grass trees are prevalent in this area. They can easily be found on the ridge top and steep slopes. I particularly love their flower spikes which looked very impressive especially where there's a stand of them.
Emus can also be seen roaming around as you walk. They were reintroduced in the mid to late 1900s and their population has since grown vigorously. They eat mainly insects, herbs and fruits. And, as a result, their droppings help in the dispersal of plants. Two emus ran across the track right in front of me while another pair was seen strolling through the bushland.
Access to Devils Nose Hike is via a parking area located on Para Wirra Drive just before the lake turn-off. If entering the park through the west gate, it'll be the first car park on your left. Please note that vehicle entry fees do apply.