Wednesday Loop

1 h 15 min to 1 h 45 min

40 min to 1 h

3.8 km
circuit

↑ 147 m
↓ -147 m

Moderate track
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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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 (-34.8240675,138.7334094)
Mode Bus Car
DirectionsFrom Grand Junction Road, A16
  • Turn on to North East Road, A10 then drive for 1.3 km
  • Continue onto North East Road, A10 and drive for another 5.3 km
  • Turn right and drive for another 310 m
  • Keep left and drive for another 55 m
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From Anstey Hill Carpark off North East Road, head towards the metal gate at the entrance of the car park along the concrete path, moving parallel to the line of rocks to your right. Pass through the bollard before you come to the gate, then turn left and follow the concrete path uphill, keeping the car park to your left. Keep left as the pavement turns into gravel/dirt, and follow the wide trail as it slightly veers left to continue along Wednesday Loop.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 55 m turn sharp left, to head along Quarry Track.
After another 80 m (at the intersection of Round the back of the quarry & Quarry Track) continue straight, to head along Quarry Track.
After another 155 m (at the intersection of Quarry Track & Quarry Views Loop) continue straight, to head along Quarry Track.
After another 40 m veer left, to head along Quarry Track.
After another 50 m continue straight.
After another 120 m (at the intersection of Virgin Valley & Closed To Public) veer right, to head along Virgin Valley.
After another 310 m (at the intersection of Boehm Walk & Virgin Valley) turn left, to head along Boehm Walk (a vehicle track).
After another 175 m (at the intersection of Ellis Way & Silver Mine Track) turn right, to head along Silver Mine Track.
After another 25 m (at the intersection of Silver Mine Track & Swoopy's) turn left, to head along Swoopy's (a walking track).
After another 370 m (at the intersection of Silver Mine Track & Swoopy's) continue straight, to head along Silver Mine Track (a vehicle track).
The alternate route finishes here. Continue straight to rejoin the main route at the 1.7 km waypoint. Details below.
After another 280 m (at the intersection of Swoopy's & Silver Mine Track) continue straight, to head along Swoopy's (a walking track).
After another 90 m (at the intersection of DeVeg & Swoopy's) turn sharp right, to head along DeVeg.
After another 1 km (at the intersection of Living on the quarry edge & Quarry Track) turn right, to head along Living on the quarry edge (a walking track).
After another 520 m (at the intersection of Quarry Track & Living on the quarry edge) turn right, to head along Quarry Track (a vehicle track).
After another 170 m veer right, to head along Quarry Track.
After another 40 m (at the intersection of Quarry Track & Quarry Views Loop) continue straight, to head along Quarry Track.
After another 50 m continue straight, to head along Quarry Track.
After another 80 m continue straight, to head along Quarry Track.
After another 100 m turn sharp right.
After another 45 m come to the end.

Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Swoopy's & Silver Mine Track Start heading along Swoopy's (a walking track).
After another 270 m come to the end.
At the end of this alternate route, rejoin the main route.
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Wednesday Loop


Grading
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 3.8 km
Time 1 h 15 min to 1 h 45 min
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 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 (2/6)
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