Peel Native Flora and Fauna Reserve

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Peel Native Flora and Fauna Reserve

Trails through remnant eucalypts in Wiradjuri Country

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Distance

5.1km

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Trail

Fire trail

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Photo ops

Aussie bush & orchids

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Difficulty

Green

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Terrain

Undulating

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Time

1.5 hours

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Average Speed

3 km/hr

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Climb

22.5 m/km

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Climb

115m

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Descend

115m

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Min Elevation

687m

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Max Elevation

794m

At a Glance

A hidden gem so close to town. A walk on uneven ground and overgrown fire trails through scribbly gums and stringy bark eucalypts. This is a great walk for everyone, including families.

Sensory Engagement

I love walking out here at all times of the year. The wildflowers are awesome in spring, and I am wary of snakes in the warmer months.

This is a patch of remnant eucalypt and under-story vegetation next to farming lands between Clear Creek, Peel and the Winburndale Rivulet. There has been fire here sometime in the 5 years prior to 2022, and the regrowth vegetation is thick. Shrubs and orchids bearing flowers are abundant in Spring, and there is a great view with an easterly aspect in the first 2km of the walk.

Other Stuff

Peel Native Flora and Fauna Reserve is managed by a team of volunteer land managers, and is well described in documentation found online here. The Reserve is also found on Facebook here, and the Managers respond pretty quickly to questions over Facebook Messenger. 

Please practice your best leave-no-trace habits in this Reserve. There are public flushing toilets behind the Peel Hall in Dempsey Street (near the RFS fire shed) too.

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Highlights

Peel Village

Clear Creek Valley

Sights on Route

Birdlife

Spring Flowers

Traps For Young Players

  • Uneven ground and overgrown trails
  • Dogs, horses and MTB are allowed

  • Limited phone reception

  • Wind can make it a pain

  • Changing weather conditions

Food & Drink

BYO supplies - no services at Peel

 

Camping & Accommodation

No camping in Peel Native Reserve, but there are nearby camping options in Bathurst, Wattle Flat and Sofala

There are public flushing toilets behind the Peel Hall in Dempsey Street (near the RFS fire shed)

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Best Time to Go

This route can be walked at any time of the year. I recommend spring and early summer then the wildflowers are abundant. Best to avoid walking here on windy days (falling limbs), or during hot days in summer.

What’s the best footwear for this route?

Sturdy walking or trail running shoes.  There's plenty of uneven ground.

Do I need to take anything special with me?

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.

Route Difficulty

I rate this walk as a 2 – vigorous. I take it pretty steady as I look at the vegetation and sneak a view through the trees. It’s only the short climb on the trail at the start that pushes this walk up to level 2 on my scale of difficulty.

Walk Notes

This is a pretty walk on fire trails. I parked just off Sofala Road (but this is not the best starting point).  There is parking near Wellington Street in Peel on the Northern side of the Reserve, and it's best to start the walk from here.

It’s a cool, breezy Spring day as I enter the reserve and wander along the Murky Lagoon Track toward the Sofala Road.  At the gate, I turn left (south) and walk up the hill and along the ridge in the centre of the Reserve. There are no trails named here but the locals call this the Sofala Road Track.  There are some marker posts with flagging tape, so it will be interesting to see if signs are on the way.

The trail starts to flatten out a little bit about the 2.2km mark. It’s from here that I get a glimpse of an elevated easterly view from amongst the eucalypts. Someone has placed a log here, and it’s neat to be able to take a seat and look out towards the horizon.

I keep walking to the southeast, and the trail descends towards the next intersection. I walk beyond it just a little to have a look what’s there (the locals call this area "Panorama Views" and come across a shingle back lizard sunning itself on the trail. After a quick pic, I turn around and walk back to the intersection, then down the hill on the Eastern Trail.

The trail is a gentle downward slope or along the contour. It makes for a cruisy wander whilst I stop to take photos of the eucalypts, native grasses and wildflowers along the way. Before I know it, I’m back near the  Wellington Street gate and the southern boundary of the houses in the village of Peel, and back to the car.

Good parts: It’s peaceful. Wildflowers. The trails are behind Reserve gates which means no vehicles nor motorbikes.

Tough parts: Summer heat. Short climb at the start of the walk.

Crappy parts: When it’s windy.

Would I do it again? Yes, and a good walk to share with friends.

Traps for young players: Snakes on warmer days. Dogs and horses are allowed.

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