One of the Wildflower Garden’s most scenic and challenging walking trails has been upgraded and reopened to the public.
Muellers Track starts at either Lamberts Clearing at the Wildflower Garden or Kitchener Street in St Ives. It is a 7 kilometre circuit of some of the most remote and rugged terrain in the Garden and is not recommended for young children or those with a low level of fitness.
However the Track also has some of the Garden’s most spectacular scenery, with elevated views from Phantom Falls with a drop of around 250 metres and picturesque areas of rainforest and gullies containing Coachwood trees.
Ku-ring-gai Creek flows through tall red gums and merges with Tree Fern Gully Creek near a delightful resting place known as Whipbird Gully. Billy’s Bridge, a natural rock arch named after a local Aboriginal elder can also be seen, along with wallabies and other native wildlife.
The upgrade means that some difficult to access parts of the track have been fitted with new customised stairs and hand rails. The track has also been re-routed in part around an area previously prone to rock falls.
Funded by the Ku-ring-gai environmental levy at a cost of $15,000, the upgrade was challenging for Council staff and contractors, with tools and materials all having to be walked down on foot.
Visitors planning to walk Muellers Track are advised that the Wildflower Garden closes at 5pm and the walk takes around 2.5 hours. For more information visit www.kmc.nsw.gov.au/