South Hazelbrook, Blue Mountains
Walking tracks in the mid mountains are generally not as strenuous as those in the upper mountains. Try the gentle walks of South Hazelbrook where for over a hundred and twenty years walkers and nature lovers have been inspired by the majestic scenery of Terrace Falls Reserve. Here you will find a historic and complex layout of walking tracks.
Thoughtful walkers will appreciate the effort that went into creating the beautiful stone steps and gently-sloping paths that give access into this wonderland of tumbling waters, sandy ‘beaches’, still pools, peaceful rainforests and strange rocks.
The old track layout had eight bridges providing easy access over Terrace Falls and Bedford Creeks at various points. All have been lost through floods or bushfires, but the watchful eye can spot remains at creek crossings.
The track plan consisted of paths on both sides of the creeks from Terrace Falls to Bedford Pool. The western track fell into disuse, largely because of the loss of the bridge over Bedford Creek near Picnic Point. However, since the publication of Terrace Falls Pocket Pal, renewed interest has seen it again signposted.
Terrace Falls Reserve can be accessed from either Terrace Falls Road, Valley Road or Lower Valley Road. Note that since the book was written, the road through the Reserve has been classified by Blue Mountains Council as a firetrail and private vehicle access is no longer possible. This is sad since the road was created by the Reserve Trust as a tourist road.
Terrace Falls was the second Pocket Pal published and contains 32 pages with 9 maps covering 6.5km of tracks.