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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