Starting from Gate 3 at the intersection of Matthews Road and Scott Creek Road, Dorset Vale, this walk takes you on a circuit within Scott Creek Conservation Park via the Bandicoot, Currawong Ridge, Stringybark and Cup Gum tracks. This conservation area is home to more than 400 native plant species and about 125 bird species. Walking in the park provides excellent opportunities to spot southern brown bandicoots, western grey kangaroos, koalas, and ringtail possums. In spring, you will be greeted with colourful displays of wildflowers dotted along the trails. The route is mostly on wide fire trails with clear signage throughout and a mild gradient. The hike ascends gradually on the Stringybark Track, descending gently along the Cup Gum and Currawong Ridge tracks back to the car park. 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.
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.
At roundabout, take exit 3 onto Avenue Road and drive for another 345 m
At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Avenue Road and drive for another 7 km
Turn right onto Red Hill Road and drive for another 5.7 km
Turn left onto Bandicoot Track and drive for another 7 m
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started Starting from the intersection of Scott Creek Road and Matthews Road, head towards the gate with a “GATE:3” sign on it along the concrete path. Pass through/around the gate and follow the trail into the woodland as you pass by the green informational signpost. Keep moving in the same direction until you come to a 4-way intersection. Turn right at the intersection to continue along Stringybark, Cup Gum and Currawong Ridge Loop.....
Directions & comments
At the intersection of Matthews Road & Scott Creek Road Start heading along Bandicoot Track (a vehicle track).
After 130 m pass the car park (10 m on your left).
After another 75 m continue straight, to head along Bandicoot Track.
After another 250 m (at the intersection of Bandicoot Track & Currawong Ridge Track) turn right, to head along Currawong Ridge Track.
After another 600 m (at the intersection of Neville Road Track & Currawong Ridge Track) turn left, to head along Neville Road Track.
After another 345 m turn left.
After another 15 m turn left, to head along Stringybark Track.
After another 520 m (at the intersection of Stringybark Track & Bandicoot Track) veer right, to head along Stringybark Track.
After another 1.2 km (at the intersection of Mount Bold Ridge Track & Stringybark Track) turn left, to head along Mount Bold Ridge Track.
After another 700 m (at the intersection of Mount Bold Ridge Track & Cup Gum Track) turn left, to head along Cup Gum Track.
After another 1 km (at the intersection of Cup Gum Track & Currawong Ridge Track) turn left, to head along Currawong Ridge Track.
After another 850 m (at the intersection of Bandicoot Track & Currawong Ridge Track) turn right, to head along Bandicoot Track.
After another 250 m continue straight, to head along Bandicoot Track.
After another 190 m come to the end.
Know the Hills, grading & facilities
Stringybark, Cup Gum and Currawong Ridge Loop
1 h 45 min to 3 h
Quality of track
Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Gentle hills with occasional steps (2/6)
Clearly signposted (2/6)
Limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged) (4/6)
No experience required (2/6)
Weather generally has little impact on safety (2/6)