Oval Link, Border Line Green, Magpie Creek West, Gully Blue and Clematis Connector Loop
1 h to 1 h 30 min
30 min to 45 min
Starting from the Blackwood Oval car park on Craigburn Road, Craigburn Farm, this walk takes you on a circuit around Blackwood Hill Reserve via the Oval Link, Border Line Green, Magpie Creek West, Gully Blue and Clematis Connector tracks. Blackwood Hill Reserve is one of Mitcham Council's off-leash dog parks, adjoining Sturt Gorge Recreation Park on its western boundary, and is popular for walking, jogging, horse riding, mountain biking and dog exercising. Magpie Creek runs through the reserve, which has an abundance of natural beauty and open space, containing grey box grassy woodlands and diverse plant species such as blue gum, Christmas bush, rock fern hollyhock and river bottlebrush. The reserve features a number of shared-use trails, including the Tom Roberts Horse Trail, as well as two playgrounds and access to the football club oval, with excellent views of the surrounding Mitcham Hills. This loop consists of well-signposted, gently undulating fire tracks and shared-use trails, with some uneven natural surfaces, suitable for walkers and cyclists of average fitness levels. Dogs are allowed off-leash but must be kept under effective control at all times. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.