Tolkien Track

1 h to 2 h

560 m

↑ 47 m
↓ -47 m

Moderate track
Starting from the car park on Styx Spur 13, Styx Big Tree Forest Reserve, this walk takes you along the Tolkien Track. Located deep within the Styx Valley, the Tolkien Track consists of a network of trails created by conservationists. In late 2003, it was home to a protest camp to protect the area's massive Eucalyptus regnans, many of which are taller than 90 metres and over 400 years old. The track is marked by a green sign and follows a well-formed path through the forest, passing several giant trees with their own signposts. The most notable tree is the 84-metre tall Gandalf's Staff, where protesters once set up an elevated shelter. Another sign points to Waterfall Creek, where a small waterfall known as Tolkien Falls cascades about 5-6 metres in a peaceful rainforest setting. The track winds uphill before descending towards the creek, reaching a point where one can climb down to the falls. ​Although this is not an official Parks walk, the main track is clear and well-signposted. 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.
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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start At the intersection of Tolkien Track & Styx Spur 13 (-42.8158994,146.6723652)
Mode Car
DirectionsFrom Lyell Highway, A10, New Norfolk.
  • Turn on to Montagu Crescent, A10 then drive for 1.1 km
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Montagu Street, B62 and drive for another 18.4 km
  • Turn left onto Gordon River Road, B61 and drive for another 11.1 km
  • Turn left onto Gordon River Road, B61 and drive for another 22.5 km
  • Turn right onto Florentine Road and drive for another 260 m
  • Turn sharp right onto Styx Road and drive for another 660 m
  • Keep right onto Styx Road and drive for another 1.6 km
  • Keep left onto Styx Road and drive for another 13 km
  • Continue onto Styx Spur 13 and drive for another 720 m
Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Tolkien Track & Styx Spur 13 Start heading along Tolkien Track (a walking track).
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. This is the side trip that takes you to the Felled Giant and the Cave Tree. To start this optional side trip turn left here. On returning from this side trip continue straight when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 180 m turn right, to head along Tolkien Track.
Continue another 100 m to find the end. Then turn around here and retrace the main route for 280 m to get back to the start.

This is the side trip that takes you to the Felled Giant and the Cave Tree.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start heading along Tolkien Track.
After another 110 m come to the end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 110 m to the main route.
Know the Hills, grading & facilities

Tolkien Track

Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 560 m
Time 1 h to 2 h
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gradient Gentle hills with occasional steps (2/6)
Signage Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
Experience Required No experience required (2/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (2/6)
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