Bursaria Loop

1 h 15 min to 2 h

30 min to 1 h

4.1 km
circuit

↑ 125 m
↓ -124 m

Moderate track
Starting from Gate 14 on Lower North East Road, Houghton, this walk takes you on a circuit via the Range Road South, Ranger's Rocky Revenge and Newsom tracks. If you'll be walking here during the summer months, pay attention to shrubs with white blossoms and smell sweet. This is Bursaria Spinosa, the plant this walk was named after. Along the trail, walkers are rewarded with several beautiful city views. There is clear signage throughout, including detailed, informative displays around the nursery ruins. Most of the loop is on clear walking trails with a gentle gradient, with some sections that are slightly steeper and more technical. Sturdy shoes are recommended, as there are loose rocks on the ground in some areas. 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 (-34.8410541,138.7419041)
Mode Car
DirectionsFrom Portrush Road, A17
  • Turn on to Payneham Road, A11 then drive for 1.8 km
  • Keep right onto Payneham Road and drive for another 40 m
  • Turn left onto Lower North East Road and drive for another 8.6 km
  • At roundabout, take exit 3 onto Lower North East Road, A16 and drive for another 3 km
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
Starting from Lower North East Road(2kms east of intersection with Hancock Road), head towards the metal gate with a “GATE:14” sign on it along the dirt path, moving away from the road. Pass through the gap next to the gate and follow the dirt track as you pass by the informational signposts to your left. Veer right after about 20 meters and follow the dirt track into the woodland to continue along Bursaria Loop.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 30 m continue straight.
After another 50 m pass the "Trail Head" (on your left).
After another 75 m continue straight, to head along Range Road South Track.
After another 255 m continue straight, to head along Range Road South Track.
After another 140 m veer left.
After another 155 m turn right.
After another 130 m continue straight.
After another 320 m continue straight.
After another 190 m continue straight.
After another 130 m continue straight, to head along Range Road South Track.
After another 220 m (at the intersection of Range Road South Track & Ranger's Rocky Revenge) turn left, to head along Ranger's Rocky Revenge (a walking track).
After another 390 m pass the "Water Tap" (30 m on your right).
After another 70 m (at the intersection of Lookout Walk & Ranger's Rocky Revenge) veer left (a vehicle track).
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. Optional little side trip to a lookout, providing you with more panoramic views over the land. To start this optional side trip continue straight here. On returning from this side trip veer left when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 15 m (at the intersection of Lookout Walk & Newmans Track) turn left, to head along Newmans Track.
Then pass the sign (on your right).
After another 60 m (at the intersection of Newmans Connector & Newmans Track) continue straight, to head along Newmans Track.
After another 520 m (at the intersection of Newmans Track & Collarbone Creek Downhill) continue straight, to head along Newmans Track.
After another 350 m (at the intersection of Water Gully Track & Newmans Track) continue straight, to head along Newmans Track.
After another 720 m continue straight, to head along Newmans Track.
After another 125 m turn left.
After another 105 m turn right.
After another 15 m come to the end.

Optional little side trip to a lookout, providing you with more panoramic views over the land.
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Lookout Walk & Newmans Track Start heading along Lookout Walk (a vehicle track).
After another 20 m continue straight, to head along Lookout Walk.
There is a sign (about 3 m back from the start).
After another 70 m continue straight, to head along Lookout Walk.
After another 45 m (at the intersection of Lookout Walk & Lill Quarry Trail) continue straight, to head along Lookout Walk.
After another 40 m (at the intersection of Lookout Walk & Lookout Backdoor) turn left, to head along Lookout Backdoor (a walking track).
After another 10 m veer right.
After another 25 m come to the end.
"The Lookout".
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 210 m to the main route.
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Terrain
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Bursaria Loop


Grading
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 4.1 km
Time 1 h 15 min to 2 h
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gradient Gentle hills with occasional steps (2/6)
Signage Clearly signposted (1/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
Experience Required No experience required (2/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (2/6)
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