Starting from the Esplanade, Pallarenda, this walk takes you to Mount Marlow via the Many Peaks Track, visiting Tegoora Rock along the way. Then, you’ll pass by the Bald Rock and loop back via the Lagoon Trail. Expect a varied gradient and interchanging scenery as you make your way through the woodland. Speaking of, keep an eye out for the gorgeous maidenhair ferns along the track. The views from the viewpoints are exceptional and worth the effort for many. If they don’t cut it for you, the amazing birdlife in the area may just will. Although Many Peaks Trail is mostly shaded, the Lagoon Trail is quite exposed. Sunscreen, a hat and mozzie(mosquito) spray may come in handy. Decent hiking shoes with ankle support are recommended. The track may be extremely overgrown in parts, turn back for your safety if so. Watch out for snakes. 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.
Continue onto Abbott Street and drive for another 7.3 km
Keep right onto Oxley Street, 16 and drive for another 300 m
At roundabout, take exit 1 onto Eyre Street, 16 and drive for another 2.4 km
Turn right onto Heatleys Parade and drive for another 6.3 km
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started From The Esplanade(across Pallarenda/Walter Nesbit Park), head towards the signposted metal gate along the dirt path as you pass by an informative signpost to your right, moving directly away from the road. Keep right and follow the Freshwater Trail for about 480 metres, then make a sharp right turn and join the Many Peaks Track to continue along Mount Marlow Circuit(counterclockwise).....
Directions & comments
There is a playground (about 20 m back from the start).
Walter Nisbet Park (about 9 m back from the start).
Find the gate at the start.
After another 100 m continue straight, to head along Freshwater trail.
After another 170 m (at the intersection of Freshwater trail & Wetland walk) continue straight, to head along Freshwater trail.
After another 200 m (at the intersection of Many Peaks track & Freshwater trail) turn sharp right, to head along Many Peaks track (a walking track).
After another 540 m come to the "Tegoora Rock" (7 m on your left).
After another 3.3 km come to the "Mount Marlow".
After another 1.8 km come to the "Bald Rock" (40 m on your right).
After another 50 m (at the intersection of Lagoon trail & Many Peaks track) turn sharp left, to head along Lagoon trail (a vehicle track).
After another 3.5 km (at the intersection of Freshwater trail & Lagoon trail) veer left, to head along Freshwater trail.
After another 600 m (at the intersection of Wetland walk & Freshwater trail) continue straight, to head along Freshwater trail.
After another 15 m (at the intersection of Freshwater trail & Many Peaks track) continue straight, to head along Freshwater trail.
After another 200 m (at the intersection of Freshwater trail & Wetland walk) continue straight, to head along Freshwater trail.
After another 170 m continue straight, to head along Freshwater trail.
After another 110 m come to the end.
Know the Hills, grading & facilities
Mount Marlow Circuit
3 h 30 min to 5 h 30 min
Quality of track
Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Short steep hills (3/6)
Minimal directional signs (4/6)
Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather generally has little impact on safety (2/6)