Jimmy Lee Creek

Jimmy Lee Creek Loop

 

Jimmy Lee Creek Loop is short native bushwalk right on the edge of Richmond. The track begins on Hill Street and heads up Jimmy Lee Creek gully, climbing to Grassy Saddle (230 m) halfway up Barnicoat Range, before dropping down into Will’s Gully and back to Hill Street.



 Trail Details

 Access

Both ends of the loop track begin on Hill Street, Richmond. The northern end begins opposite Bill Wilkes Reserve Walkway, just south of the Hill Street-Queen Street intersection(see Access tab above). The southern end is just north of the Hill Street-Hart Road intersection (look for sign reading ‘Dellside Reserve’). There is plenty of parking on Hill Street at both track ends. If you don’t mind adding another couple of kilometres onto your walk or run, park at Washbourn Gardens in central Richmond and follow the walkway through Bill Wilkes Reserve to Hill Street.

 

 Trail Description

Starting from the northern end, the track follows the true right of the creek, through native bush of the Jimmy Lee Creek Reserve. Native Bird Recovery Richmond has been undertaking pest control in the reserve for more than a decade, which has seen increasing numbers of many native bird species (you will see the information panel at the track start). There is a bird feeding station and viewing platform close to the track start. After 500 m you will reach a kissing gate, after which an alternative loop can be taken on the right. The alternative route climbs higher up the gully side and is a better option when the creek is running high or when the lower gully is wet and muddy. After this point there are several creek crossings so be prepared for the possibility of wet feet.

The track reaches an intersection with Cypress Road (a forestry road that connects to Dellside Reserve) where the alternative loop connects back to the main track. Go up the steps that continue up the gully to a historic dam (which is said to have supplied water to Maurice Brown’s farm[1]). Soon after you will reach some mossy wooden markers that signal a left-hand turnoff to a rough scout track that continues up the gully to the top of the range just west of Richmond Hill.

Jimmy Lee Creek Track reaches the edge of a forestry block and climbs to Grassy Saddle (230 m). There is a picnic table at the saddle, and Henry Road continues uphill (very steeply) through Kingsland Forest to Heatons Road and Richmond Fire Lookout.

From Grassy Saddle the track zig-zags down into Will’s Gully through native tree plantings, and then goes down Fossil Steps and crosses Hart Creek. The track climbs up the side of the gully away from the creek and heads straight down to Hill Street.

 

 Trail Images

 Further Reading

[1] KB Rickerby (2015) Richmond Hills (Dellside Reserve), Jimmy Lee Creek & Wills Gully, a Tasman District Council Publication.

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