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Daisy Hill Conservation Park offers the chance to explore tall eucalypt forests, melaleuca wetlands and the billabongs along Buhot Creek.
There are two designated single-use walking trails in the park. Walking is also permitted on all management roads and shared trails in Daisy Hill Conservation Park and the greater Koala Bushland Coordinated Conservation Area (KBCCA), unless otherwise signed.
Visitors can enjoy bushwalking with their dogs on shared trails only (dogs are not permitted on the mountain bike only trails). Dogs must be kept on a leash at all times.
Key to walking trail standards
The classification system is based on Australian Standards. Please note that while each trail is classified according to its most difficult section, other sections may be easier.
- No bushwalking experience required.
- Flat, even surface with no steps or steep sections, 5km or less.
- Clearly signposted.
- Suitable for wheelchairs with assistance.
- Formed track. May have gentle hills and some steps.
- Clearly signposted.
- No bushwalking experience required.
- Formed track, some obstacles, 20km or less.
- May have short steep hills and many steps.
- Some experience recommended.
- Distinct track usually with steep exposed inclines or many steps, loose gravel surfaces and exposed natural outlooks.
- Moderate level of fitness and bushwalking experience recommended.
Suitable for wheelchairs with some assistance, this Disability Discrimination Act compliant trail and boardwalk starts near car park three in the Daisy Hill day-use area. It winds through cool melaleuca wetlands fed by a natural spring. Stop to read the interpretive signs along the way to find out why melaleucas are marvellous!
Take a virtual tour of the Paperbark trail captured with Google Street View Trekker.
|Tree discovery trail|
|800m||Allow 30min||Eucalypts are extraordinary! Find out why on this self-guided trail that starts near car park four in the Daisy Hill day-use area and winds through open eucalypt forest.|
See the shared trails table below for other walking options.
For those looking for two-wheeled adventure, Daisy Hill and the greater KBCCA has kilometres of premier recreational trails. The mountain-bike only trails are built to international standards, offering a good mix of levels for all riders. Explore hillsides of eucalypt forest on an easy, early morning ride or challenge yourself with berms on tight corners and rock features. The KBCCA’s shared trails are wider and easier to ride.
Horseriders can also explore the natural surrounds of the KBCCA on the network of shared recreational trails. These well-maintained trails cater for riders of easy to moderate experience, with rides ranging from a few hundred metres to many kilometres if you combine trails. Enjoy a relaxed, meandering ride through the area’s magnificent bushland, keeping an eye out for snoozing koalas in the branches above. Settle into the saddle with nothing but you, your horse and the wildlife around you.
Mountain-bike riding and horseriding are permitted on all management roads and most shared trails in Daisy Hill Conservation Park and the greater KBCCA, unless otherwise signed. Each trail entry has a sign indicating which recreational activities are permitted.
Permits are not required for horseriding or mountain-bike riding in Daisy Hill Conservation Park.
- Take a virtual tour of some of the shared-trail network captured with Google Street View Trekker.
Mountain-bike and horseriding trail classifications
For beginner mountain bikers with basic mountain-bike skills. Wide trail, gentle gradient, some obstacles.
For skilled mountain bikers. Moderate gradient, obstacles and some steep sections.
For experienced mountain bikers. Challenging trail. Large, unavoidable obstacles and features. Long steep climbs or descents and loose surfaces.
|Class 1 Easy|
For novice riders and experienced horses with basic skills and fitness. Wide trail, natural, surface, gentle slope.
|Class 2 Intermediate|
For experienced riders and horses with moderate skills and fitness. Variable trail, moderate slope, some obstacles.
|1. Possum Box trail||Intermediate||2.2km||Allow 10mins||Best ridden from the five ways junction, but can be ridden in both directions.|
|2. Chipline trail|
Can be ridden both directions but is a downhill run from the five ways junction. There is a challenging rock garden 200m in from the top of the trail.
|3. Lace monitor trail||Intermediate||2.5km||Allow 10mins||Can be ridden in both directions, preferred direction of travel is east to west. A sweeping trail with technical features.|
|9. Jim Finch trail||Intermediate||565m||Allow 5mins||A short trail link from the southern boundary.|
|11. Gillians trail||Intermediate||530m||Allow 5mins||A short trail link from the Glossy black trail to the Ripleys and Gilder shared-use trails.|
|12. Glossy black trail||Easy||690m one way||Allow 5 to 10min||Can be ridden in both directions. A short trail that links two sections of the Stringybark trail, avoiding a steep section of the trail.|
|14. Jumping ant trail||Intermediate||1.4km||Allow 7mins||Best ridden from the five ways junction, but can be ridden in both directions.|
|6. Wiry panic trail|
|1.6km||Allow 40mins to walk or 10mins to ride||Best ridden from north to south to make the most of the downhill run.|
|7. Grasstree East trail|
|860m||Allow 20mins to walk or 7mins to ride||Grasstree East trail is a linking trail between sections of the Plunkett Mallee circuit in Neville Lawrie Reserve and Don and Christine Burnett Conservation Area.|
|15. Grasstree West trail|
Allow 20mins to walk or 7mins to ride
|Grasstree Wast trail is a linking trail between sections of the Plunkett Mallee circuit in Don and Christine Burnett Conservation Area.|
|8. Nirvana trail|
|1.9km one way||Allow 1hr to walk or 25mins to ride||To get the best of this trail ride from east to west.|
We want you to get the best out of your ride.
- Always wear a helmet.
- Plan ahead, ride within your ability and according to trail conditions.
- Slow down or stop when approaching other trail users. Follow the give-way code.
- Slow down when riding over water bars (whoa-boys) on shared trails—excess speed can cause loss of control and may result in injury.
- Avoid riding in large groups—keep groups to fewer than 12.
- Avoid skidding and sliding around turns—this causes trail damage and may result in a collision with other trail users.
- Avoid riding during and after rain when tracks are soft, wet and muddy.
- Stay on marked trails—riding over vegetation, taking shortcuts and forming new trails damages plants and wildlife habitat.
- Respect areas closed to riding.
Follow the give-way code
- Cyclists must give way to walkers and horseriders, and alert others when approaching them.
- Walkers must give way to horses.
- Planned upgrades to fire breaks in Daisy Hill Conservation Park 11 December 2020 to 29 January 2021