Starting from the Gate 1 carpark just off Bull Creek Road, Mount Observation, this walk combines the Quarry Hike and Stringybark Hike for a longer loop of Cox Scrub Conservation Park. This hike takes you through a variety of vegetation types, including stringybark forest, open scrub, tall shrublands, and open woodland dominated by river red gum, manna gum and blue gum. Keep a lookout for goannas and southern brown bandicoots. The route is a mixture of fire tracks and walking trails. Some of the fire track, especially on the eastern side of the park, can be quite sandy underfoot. The terrain undulates gently, with a few short hills along the way. 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.
Keep left onto Kokoda Road and drive for another 5.4 km
Turn left onto Deep Creek Road and drive for another 3.6 km
Continue onto Deep Creek Road and drive for another 45 m
Turn left onto Bull Creek Road and drive for another 6.5 km
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started Starting from Bull Creek Road(7kms north of intersection with Alexandrina Road), head along the concrete/dirt path towards the car park, moving perpendicularly away from the road. After you come to the opening(car park), turn right and follow the dirt track into the woodland to continue along Emu Wren Hike.....
Directions & comments
After 80 m pass the car park (25 m on your left).
After another 160 m turn left.
After another 285 m continue straight.
After another 80 m continue straight.
After another 570 m continue straight.
The starting point of an alternate access track. An alternate access point from/to Bull Creek Road.(1.2km south of the start point) Details below.
After another 760 m turn right.
After another 150 m pass the car park (20 m on your left).
After another 1.2 km continue straight.
After another 335 m veer right.
After another 670 m continue straight.
After another 620 m veer right.
After another 420 m turn right.
After another 550 m continue straight.
After another 260 m turn right.
After another 630 m continue straight.
After another 1.3 km continue straight.
After another 1.4 km turn left.
After another 80 m turn right.
After another 90 m turn right.
After another 240 m come to the end.
An alternate access point from/to Bull Creek Road.(1.2km south of the start point)
Directions & comments
After 75 m pass the car park (on your right).
After another 60 m come to the end.
Know the Hills, grading & facilities
Emu Wren Hike
2 h to 4 h
Quality of track
Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gentle hills with occasional steps (2/6)
Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged) (4/6)