Upcoming field trip: Sunday 20th May

Apologies for short notice but the last couple of weeks have been very busy!

This month we will venture into the foothills of Mount Stuart which lie behind the University’s western campus, for a morning walk. This track leads up to a network of others much used by mountain-bikers but we chose this one because it has far fewer bikes than some of the others in that area.

It will involve a climb, at a fairly gentle gradient but involving mostly steps, up a marked track to a point where there is a good look-out point. Those who have walked the track say the steps are quite shallow (unlike those on Castle Hill!) and actually make the track easier to walk than slithering about on loose soil and stones.  There will be plenty of opportunities to stop for breathers along the way. There will be vegetation for the “planties” and hopefully some birds, wallabies (maybe including some pretty-face or whiptails) and other fauna. There is very little shade, which is a good reason to do this walk while it’s cool, but do bring hat and water.

Meeting time and place: 8.30 am at carpark at start of walk (see map) on the WESTERN campus (old teachers college for those of a certain age).

What to wear/bring: HAT, sunscreen, strong footwear, WATER. Optional extras: walking pole(s) or sticks,  something to munch on, binoculars, cameras.

Concluding time: There is no specific ending time for this walk but it is likely to finish mid to late morning. As it is a clearly marked track anyone needing to head home earlier can easily do so.

JCU Walking Track Carpark1

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This map shows how to access the JCU western campus and our meeting point (circled at bottom of screen), from Angus Smith Drive where it runs along the edge of Riverside Gardens, parallel to the motorway. Note that Parkinson Road is unsigned at that end, but if you are approaching from the hospital roundabout, it is the first turning on the left. If approaching from Riverside Gardens it’s the last turning on the right before you reach the hospital roundabout. There is a low concrete/brick, painted JCU sign.

If you are approaching via the main university campus, you would need to take the linking road (Buchan Road) just past the sports oval (green blob at right of screen).  Then proceed to where it intersects with the road coming in from Angus Smith Drive and follow the red dots on the map! 


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