Starting from the Wild Dog Creek car park on Para Wirra Drive, Yattalunga, this walk takes you on a circuit around the open scrub area of Para Wirra Conservation Park via the Treecreeper Loop. This moderately easy loop meanders around a large area of open scrub at the southeastern end of Para Wirra Conservation Park, near the Humbug Scrub Wildlife Sanctuary, providing good opportunities to discover native plants and animals. The walk initially crosses a creek and heads along Para Wirra Drive, passing an optional side trip to the Wild Dog Dam, then follows the Workshop Track through pink gum woodland. After passing near the Wirra Campground, the walk continues along the park's eastern boundary, parallel to Humbug Scrub Road, then follows the Blue Gum Track through blue gum woodland, passing another small dam before returning to the car park. Cycling is also permitted on this trail. Walkers should note that the Para Wirra Drive section is a sealed road shared with vehicles. This loop consists of wide, mostly flat fire tracks and sealed roads, with compacted gravel surfaces, compacted natural surfaces and bitumen surfaces, suitable for average fitness levels. 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.
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 started From the Wild Dog Creek car park on Para Wirra Drive, Yattalunga, head along the walking trail marked with a green directional sign with the symbols of a walker and a cyclist. Continue ahead for about 30m, until you reach the Blue Gum Track, marked with a green 'Treecreeper Loop' directional sign. From there, head left along the Blue Gum Track and continue the Treecreeper Loop (clockwise).....
Directions & comments
After another 60 m turn right, to head along Para Wirra Drive.
After another 85 m (at the intersection of Workshop Track & Para Wirra Drive) turn right, to head along Workshop Track (a vehicle track).
After another 960 m (at the intersection of Workshop Track & Pink Gum Track) continue straight, to head along Workshop Track.
After another 275 m continue straight, to head along Workshop Track.
After another 150 m (at the intersection of Workshop Track & Wirra Road) continue straight.
After another 800 m turn right, to head along Blue Gum Track.
After another 1.5 km cross the ford.
Continue straight, to head along Blue Gum Track.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. This side trip takes you to Wild Dog Dam, providing scenic views over the dam's water and excellent opportunities to spot waterbirds. To start this optional side trip turn right here. On returning from this side trip continue straight when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 100 m (at the intersection of Wirra Road & Blue Gum Track) turn left, to head along Wirra Road (a service road).
After another 40 m (at the intersection of Para Wirra Drive & Wirra Road) turn right, to head along Para Wirra Drive.
After another 35 m cross the bridge (about 9 m long)
After another 275 m turn right.
After another 60 m come to the end.
This side trip takes you to Wild Dog Dam, providing scenic views over the dam's water and excellent opportunities to spot waterbirds.
Directions & comments
At the intersection of Wirra Road & Blue Gum Track Start heading along Wirra Road (a service road).
After another 50 m veer right.
After another 260 m continue straight.
After another 80 m come to the end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 390 m to the main route.
Know the Hills, grading & facilities
1 h 30 min to 2 h
Quality of track
Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Flat, no steps (1/6)
Clearly signposted (2/6)
Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)