Boundary Road Reserve Walk and Trail Run
Short wander on the edge of town
Aussie bush and animals
1 - Cinch
At a Glance
This is Wiradjuri Country, and this peaceful walk or trail run is in my town’s back yard.
This is one of the few natural bushland settings essentially within the city limits of Bathurst. It offers glimpses of views to the east over the town, and out to the hills towards Yetholme. Walkers and runners enjoy rolling off-road trails in peaceful surroundings without motorised vehicles.
Previously, the Reserve was utilised as part of the Bathurst Agricultural Research Station and there is widespread evidence of tree clearing, fencing, cultivation and track building from that era. It was the decision of the Research Station in the 1990’s to forgo its ongoing oversight of this particular area that triggered the formation of the Boundary Road Reserve Landcare Group in 1997.
The reserve is being rehabilitated as a box gum grassy woodland by this Landcare Group. They have planted in excess of 14,000 trees, installed signage and maintained formed bushland paths.
There is more information on their website, including a Plan of Management which gives insight into the cultural history, impacts of the Ag Station, the local environment and future plans for the Reserve.
Fabulous views to the east
Guaranteed to see kangaroos in the wild
Spring brings out the echidnas
Sights on Route
Plenty of native birds on sunny days
Diversity of plant species in the rehabilitating box gum woodland
Traps For Young Players
Always keep your distance from native animals
Keep an eye out for snakes. It’s Australia !
Wet trails can be slippery on the muddy and grassy sections
Food & Drink
Bathurst and surrounds have so many options
Nothing on site
Camping & Accommodation
Bathurst and surrounds have so many options.
Best Time to Walk or Run
Safe place to walk or run at any time of the day. Personally, I love being on the trails at dawn as the native animals start to feed, and because the sunrise is often spectacular.
What’s the best gear for this route?
Sturdy walking or trail running shoes.
Do I take anything special on this course?
Look, like all of Australia, it’s snake country. Along with taking a small first aid kit, covering my lower legs is always a good option on warmer days. I also take some water, and a small snack.
I rate this walk or trail run as a 1 - Cinch. It's relatively flat with only a couple of short pinches on the trail to test the legs
Parking is available at the Veteran’s park on Boundary Road, and at Charles Sturt University. There are a couple of locations on Boundary Road where parking is also available before you start your walk or trail run.
I choose to start my walk on Boundary Road, in between the old pistol range and the archery club. Bathurst Regional Council has recently sealed the road verges (2021), and marked parking spots where I enter the Reserve.
This is a well-marked trail, and I choose to follow my nose in a clockwise direction. I keep turning to the right on the formed trails, and after a lovely walk (and a few stops to take plenty of photos) I return to my car on Boundary Road.
Good parts: It's a quiet, peaceful location close to town. Walkers enjoy the solitude. Trail runners can complete multiple laps away from vehicles.
Tough parts: A couple of short uphill bits.
Crappy parts: Seeing rubbish dropped by other walkers.
Would I do it again? Yes. It's a lovely place for a walk.
Traps for young players: Snakes in the warmer months.