Hughes Creek Hill Bushland Reserve is an intriguing location for able walkers and families. Drive into the reserve via Stray’s Lane. There is also a formed track for walking or vehicle access to the peak (2WD is not recommended on this track).
Two main tracks run uphill from Stray’s Lane to the ridge line. As outlined below, follow the ridge line itself or the parallel track to the peak. Walk down from the peak on the eastern slope to the base of the rock face. Follow the rock face either at its base (very rocky), or on the flatland just below it, to return to your starting position.
The middle track continues on to the peak and is shorter (2.5km), easy walking.
The end track meets the lower ridge. Walking from here is easy to navigate, but is longer (3.3km). It has no track and is very rocky underfoot. However, it is also quite open with much better views of the surrounding countryside along the way. Sadly, this route is not recommended for anyone unsteady on their feet.
Topography and Geology
Hughes Creek Hill has a peculiar topography due to the significant feature of a modestly ascending ridge line above an unusual sedimentary rock face. The ridge line provides increasingly expansive views of the surrounding landscapes as you climb. Quarried in the past at each end, the rock face presents fascinating forms, colours, flora and fauna habitat during your return. These include geometric quartz seams, weathered wood, massed wildflowers, nooks, crannies and animal sized caves.
The site is an artist’s and photographer’s delight due to the glorious light, vistas, diverse textures, colours, flora and fauna.
The canopy is formed of Grey Box eucalypt. Lightwood Wattles and Casuarina make up the mid story. Shrubbery includes Cassinia and Bossaiea. The ground is often rocky and barren on the lower slope. Lichens and mosses increase as you go higher, with Flax Lily dominant amongst indigenous and introduced grasses. Seasonal wildflowers and fungi are key attractions.
It is usual to spot resident Eastern Grey Kangaroos and Echidna. Be alert for Goanna as well.
Hughes Creek Hill is an eBird hot spot, recording 83 species. The birdwatching is delightful. Sit in one spot for a while and you will be rewarded.
Some rubbish dumping is evident.
Foxes and cats threaten the wildlife populations.
Fire grate x 1
Picnic tables in disrepair
Limbs & rocks may fall
No potable water
Be equipped for safe hiking
Snakes may be active
Some unauthorised tracks make vehicle access a bit confusing. Stick to the main track off Strays Lane so you won’t get stuck without a clear exit route.
Take rubbish with you
Native flora and fauna are protected
Fires only in places provided
Drivers/riders must: use formed roads only, be licensed, be registered