3.8 km circuit
Starting from the Gate 1 car park on North East Road, Tea Tree Gully, this walk takes you on a circuit within Anstey Hill Recreation Park via the Quarry, Virgin Valley, Swoopy's, Silver Mine and DeVeg tracks. Enjoy a stroll along the Wednesday Loop, named after the day that the Friends of Anstey Hill Recreation Park commit to conserving the park through weeding, revegetating and monitoring flora and fauna. This walk provides great opportunities to observe western grey kangaroos and koalas in their natural habitat, as well as an abundance of birdlife. Remnants of European occupation are still visible in the park, including freestone quarries, a Dolomite quarry, an iron mine, and Newman's Nursery. The Wednesday Loop goes past an iron mine in the northeastern corner of the park. The Tea Tree Gully Iron Mine was opened in 1853 and produced small amounts of iron ore from the top of the hill until its closure in 1862. The track starts off wide and clear as it leads up the first hill, becoming narrower and slightly rocky as it undulates through open eucalypt woodland with a grassy understory. There is clear signage along the way, including detailed informative displays around the Tea Tree Gully Iron Mine. Be mindful that there are some uncovered mine shafts along the side of the trail. 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.
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