5.5km. Easy. Castle Creek Bushland Reserve, Pranjip Rd. Euroa 3666
Experience two different bush lands. East is a riparian River Red Gum woodland enhanced by extraordinary swirling revegetation. West is a Grey Box woodland ending in swampy pools.
There is room for parking off the southern shoulder of Pranjip Rd as you approach Seven Creeks bridge from the east. This area is a scrappy location between new and the old road surfaces that suffers from the impacts of past road and bridge construction.
Behind this space is another story. Cross the fence line to enter an attractive riparian zone of River Red Gum woodland.
Follow Castle Creek along its meandering route to observe and experience the riparian zone. This becomes the baseline of your loop through the eastern Reserve. It is windy and a bit on the lumpy side due to recurrent flooding, but overall very manageable.
When you get to the eastern end of the Reserve, veer north west. However, it isn’t quite that straight forward. In fact, it isn’t straight forward at all. The revegetation you will pass through has been planted in arcing belts that part and come together, with open spaces that widen and narrow accordingly. Like a maze, it is easy to become disorientated and fun to engage with. You are almost certain to come across Swamp Wallabies and Eastern Grey Kangaroos threading their way through these spaces just like you. Fortunately, with the creek on one side and the road on the other you can’t get lost, but the Reserve is definitely large enough to allow you to enjoy working out where you are exactly. Any kids with you will love it!
The maturing plantings are dense and varied. Birds love them. In late winter and spring the range of wattles come into their own with gorgeous splashes of bright yellow scattered throughout.
When you do get back to your starting point, cross Seven Creeks bridge to the western Reserve for a different experience – a Grey Box grassy woodland. Follow the waterway once again, but this time opposite a farmland boundary. You can’t help but notice the impact of the adjacent agriculture on riparian biodiversity and erosion.
By the time you get to the far western end the woodland has changed again. Shallow swampy pools of flat black water congregate to create a water mosaic you must navigate to get back roadside.
Walk through the Reserve parallel with the road to close the loop back to the bridge and on to your car park.
Car parking room
Flora and fauna habitat
Limbs may fall
No potable water
Subject to flooding
Snakes may be active
Tracks may not be clear
Beware of vehicle traffic
Be equipped for self-reliant hiking
Be mindful to keep within the Reserve
No illegal fishing
Take rubbish with you
No rubbish dumping
No wildlife poaching
No firewood collection
No theft of forest produce
Native flora and fauna are protected
Closed on days of total fire ban
No 4WD or motor bike access
Drivers/riders must: use formed roads only, be licensed, be registered