Nathan & Toohey Ridge Circuit

1 h 45 min to 3 h
45 min to 1 h 30 min

6.2 km
circuit

↑ 168 m
↓ -169 m

Moderate track
Starting from Toohey Picnic Area Car Park off Toohey Road, Nathan, this walk takes you on a circuit in the Toohey Forest, visiting multiple lookouts along the way. Take a deep breath of that fresh forest air as you make your way through the eucalypt forest teeming with wildlife. You’ll be able to see koalas and goannas along with other interesting bird species throughout the park. Call an audible and change course if you’d like to, as the forest features an extensive web of tracks for you to explore. The canopy provides decent cover from the sun, but starting early in warmer months is always a good idea. Avoid peak hours to have a more secluded experience. Dogs are allowed on 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.
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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
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.
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Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start (-27.5369148,153.0419484)
Mode Car
DirectionsFrom Pacific Motorway, M3, Holland Park West.
  • Turn on to then drive for 235 m
  • Keep right and drive for another 45 m
  • Turn right onto Marshall Road, 10 and drive for another 90 m
  • Continue onto Marshall Road, 11 and drive for another 1.3 km
  • Turn left onto Toohey Road, 11 and drive for another 570 m
  • Turn left and drive for another 75 m
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From Toohey Picnic Area Car Park off Toohey Road(State Route 11), head along the walking trail into the woodland as you pass by the toilet facility to your left, moving away from the road. When you come to a fork shortly after, veer slightly right and join the Sandstone Circuit track to continue along Nathan & Toohey Ridge Circuit (counterclockwise).....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start heading along Toohey Ridge Track.
There is a car park (about 20 m back from the start).
Find the shelter at the start.
Find the BBQ at the start.
After another 20 m continue straight, to head along Toohey Ridge Track.
Then pass the water tap (on your right).
After another 7 m pass the sign (on your left).
Then pass the toilet (on your left).
This toilet is wheelchair accessible.
After another 1 m (at the intersection of Sandstone Circuit & Toohey Ridge Track) continue straight, to head along Sandstone Circuit (a footpath).
Keep right.
After another 295 m turn sharp right.
After another 9 m continue straight.
After another 105 m come to the "Western Outlook".
After another 150 m turn sharp left.
Then head down the very steep (20% ~ 11.3°) earthen incline (about 290 m long)
Continue straight.
After another 300 m turn right.
After another 265 m turn right, to head along Toohey Ridge Track.
After another 15 m (at the intersection of Nathan Ridge Track & Toohey Ridge Track) continue straight, to head along Nathan Ridge Track.
After another 85 m veer left.
After another 105 m continue straight.
After another 160 m turn left.
After another 215 m continue straight.
After another 65 m continue straight.
After another 95 m veer right.
After another 55 m turn right.
After another 120 m turn left.
After another 205 m turn right.
After another 165 m continue straight.
After another 15 m turn right, to head along Jacksonia Track.
After another 15 m turn left.
After another 130 m veer left.
After another 100 m veer right.
After another 300 m continue straight.
Keep right.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. An optional little side trip taking you to a branch of the Mimosa Creek. Might be dry, but worth a try. To start this optional side trip turn left here. On returning from this side trip turn left when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 130 m (at the intersection of Mimosa Track & Baileyana Track) continue straight, to head along Mimosa Track (a footpath).
After another 200 m (at the intersection of Pultenaea Track & Mimosa Track) veer left, to head along Pultenaea Track.
After another 40 m continue straight, to head along Pultenaea Track.
After another 250 m continue straight, to head along Pultenaea Track.
After another 235 m pass a "Rob's spot" (70 m on your left).
After another 75 m (at the intersection of Nathan Ridge Track & Mimosa Track) turn right, to head along Nathan Ridge Track (a highway|cycleway).
After another 85 m continue straight, to head along Nathan Ridge Track.
After another 40 m continue straight, to head along Nathan Ridge Track.
After another 135 m (at the intersection of Nathan Ridge Track & Planchoniana Track) continue straight, to head along Nathan Ridge Track.
After another 220 m (at the intersection of Nathan Ridge Track & Planchouna Trail) continue straight, to head along Nathan Ridge Track.
After another 140 m (at the intersection of Nathan Ridge Track & Wilcox Track) veer right, to head along Nathan Ridge Track.
After another 50 m (at the intersection of Nathan Ridge Track & Dellwood Track) continue straight, to head along Nathan Ridge Track.
After another 190 m continue straight, to head along Nathan Ridge Track.
After another 175 m continue straight, to head along Nathan Ridge Track.
After another 85 m (at the intersection of Toohey Ridge Track & Nathan Ridge Track) continue straight, to head along Toohey Ridge Track.
After another 55 m (at the intersection of Toohey Ridge Track & Grass Tree Track) continue straight, to head along Toohey Ridge Track.
After another 145 m continue straight, to head along Toohey Ridge Track.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. An optional side trip taking you to the Sandstone Lookout, for better views over the land. To start this optional side trip turn left here. On returning from this side trip error >360 when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 305 m (at the intersection of Toohey Ridge Track & Sandstone Circuit) veer right, to head along Toohey Ridge Track.
After another 330 m (at the intersection of Toohey Ridge Track & Sandstone Circuit) continue straight, to head along Toohey Ridge Track.
After another 30 m come to the end.

An optional side trip taking you to the Sandstone Lookout, for better views over the land.
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Sandstone Circuit & Toohey Ridge Track Start heading along Sandstone Circuit (a footpath).
After another 80 m veer right.
After another 95 m come to "Sandstone Lookout".
Continue another 0 m to find Sandstone Lookout at the end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 170 m to the main route.

An optional little side trip taking you to a branch of the Mimosa Creek. Might be dry, but worth a try.
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Baileyana Track & Mimosa Track Start heading along Baileyana Track (a footpath).
After another 70 m come to the end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 70 m to the main route.

An alternate access point from/to Hetton Street.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 20 m come to the end.
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Terrain
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Nathan & Toohey Ridge Circuit


Grading
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 6.2 km
Time 1 h 45 min to 3 h
Quality of track Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Gradient Gentle hills with occasional steps (2/6)
Signage Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Infrastructure Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (2/6)
Experience Required No experience required (2/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)

Some facilities on route
Shelter: There is one 0 m from the start.

Toilet: There is one 30 m from the start.

Seat: There is one 4.1 km from the start.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Shelter
0 m[shelter]
Toilet
30 m[toilet]
Seat
4.1 kmRob's spot
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