Starting near the end of Simmons Reef Road, Blackwood, the Whipstick Loop Walk leads through the Jack Cann reserve, looping around the Back & Whipstick Creeks, returning to the start. Enjoy the lush scenery on this walk, with a wide range of wildlife and nature, from dry to damp forests, with a variety of fascinating fungi, wildflowers growing in them. The trees provide plenty of shade on sunny days, the track is mostly flat with gentle hills, and there are many informative signposts. There is a rich gold mining history to be discovered, with informative plaques about the area's history to read along the way. There are some deep unfenced old mine shafts off the track, which could pose a danger to dogs, children, or unwary adult hikers. Be prepared for a slightly muddy track. Dogs are allowed, as long as they're kept on a leash. 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.