More adventures in Peel Forest...
|My daughter Juliet on the Fern Walk, Peel Forest Reserve|
Fern Walk, Peel Forest Reserve:
|Tracks in the Peel Forest Reserve|
The Fern Walk can be accessed off the main Mt Peel Road, it is about 2 kilometres past Mt Peel township. It takes 1-1.5 hours to walk all of the track, the terminus is at Lookout Road which joins the far end of Blandswood Road. We walked along the first 45 minutes worth and then returned to the start.
|Yes, I am an embarrassment to the kids!|
The advantage of never being logged?
I read somewhere that the area was used for jungle training back in WW2 and the Malaysian Insurgency. I can see why, it is as thick as any jungle I have seen in the Islands. It is obviously popular as we saw 5-6 other people as we travelled along.
|Juliet about 100 meters along the track, Fern Walk|
|Ah...feel the teenage love!|
|Awesomely happy Georgia and dense bush Fern Walk, Peel Forest|
|Dense ferns and undergrowth, Fern Walk|
|Juliet with one of the large tree ferns, Fern Walk|
|Ferns and young Matai saplings alongside track|
|Heading up the Fern Walk, about 30 minutes along|
|Large Fuchsia tree, Fern Walk|
|Nice wide track, Fern Walk|
|Vine community on a young Kahakitea tree, Peel Forest|
|The Big 3: Kahakitea, Fuchsia and Matai on the Fern Walk|
|Fern Walk, Peel Forest: track side fern|
|One of the set of steps on the Fern Walk|
|At the top of the first stairway, Fern Walk|
|Descending one of the stairways, Fern Walk|
|Juliet and I descending some steps on the Fern Walk, Peel Forest|
|Fern Walk, Peel Forest: Georgia channelling a 70's outlaw biker!|
|Nice eyebrows Juliet, Fern Walk, Peel Forest|
It would have been a wonderful sight to see this area before milling. The forest reached all the way from Peel Forest to Coopers Creek about 12 km's away to the south. The current reserve is about 900 hectares so you are talking 20-30 thousand hectares at least.
Access: Fern Walk is clearly signposted on the Peel Forest Road. Go through Peel Forest township, the track is approximately 2.5 km's past the township on the left.
Track Details: Fern Walk is a through track to Blandswood Road. The whole track takes 1.5 hours one way.
Miscellaneous: All weather track, some stairs to negotiate in several places.