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Jill Chamberlain Nature Refuge

Jill Chamberlain Nature Refuge
Little Mountain
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1.4km
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A recovering bush land on a slope in the back of Caloundra West and a grazing ground for grey kangaroos.

SUITABILITY
Suitable for walkers of some experience and mountain bikers.

HIGHLIGHTS
This important refuge was purchased by Caloundra Council in 2004 to safeguard an important habitat and food source for black cockatoos, the swordgrass brown butterfly, koalas and grey kangaroos. Dogs must be on leash at all time for the protection of native animals.

The park was named in honour of Jill Chamberlain, a local environmental activist who has campaigned for nature cause for over 30 years.

The marked trail is accessed from a cement and sandstone block ramp at the first roundabout on Bellvista Boulevard. Follow the paper road, after 20 or so metres you will see your exit point, or you could make it your entry point (a climb through the fence). Keep walking until you come to the second Jill Chamberlain Park sign. Enter here and stick to the path as it veers to the left. This will take you along the western perimeter before entering the bushland (mostly she-oaks) and slowly ascending the hill. You will come out to an open grassy section with powerlines running across it. Here you are likely to see kangaroos grazing. You can continue straight ahead and up to reach Old Caloundra Road. To do the marked route, turn right and head down hill, over some rocky fill and past a palm gully before swinging around to your right and following a path alongside the eastern boundary. You could well see more kangaroos on the fields to your east. The well-worn path leads straight to the metal fence where it’s an easy climb through and short return to your starting point.

AFTERWARDS
From Jill Chamberlain Nature Reserve is you head west along the grasslands you will come to a green parkland corridor that leads south to Canavan Gracie Recreation Park and Little Mountain Common. Caloundra eateries and beaches are only a few kilometres away – a great spot for a dip and bite to eat. Mountain biikers, Sugar Bag Road Mountain Bike Trails are just minutes away with plenty of trails to choose from.

HOW TO GET THERE
To the starting point: The Jill Chamberlain Nature Refuge (31.45ha) borders Caloundra Road, approximately 3 km west of Caloundra and 6km east of the M1 Caloundra Road turn-off.

There are multiple entry points. Heading along Caloundra Road turn south into Bellvista Boulevard and at the first roundabout turn left into Bellcarra Place. Park your car here for the pinned route.

You can also access the reserve from: the top via Old Caloundra Road (runs parallel to Caloundra Road); from the east via Ridgewood then Winchester Road off of Caloundra Road; or via the Bushlands Meridan Downs Extension green corridor that starts on Winchester.

To the end point. In this instance the end point is your starting point, however you could choose to walk through the Refuge as part of a longer circuit from another start point.

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Review Date: 22/04/2019

I found this very easily via the Adventure website after selecting the adventure I wanted and searching the map for what was close to me. The trail is a little bit off the beaten track, but does have have access via surrounding streets to the various entrances. There is pretty much an entrance from north, south, east and west. The size of the trail does vary at different points. Some of it is wide and you could walk three across, while some is single file only to wide open areas you could play a football game. Condition varies as well. I walked through knee high grass at one point, that opened to track that was loose broken rocks, that eventually lead to a gravel/sand track, which changed to grass again. Some tracks weren’t as defined as much as others. I travelled this track not long after rain and it wasn’t too bad. Some mozzies and wet/puddles was expected. You can hear the birds in the bush more than see them, but if lucky you can catch a glimpse of the local kangaroos. The description on the website is pretty much, bang on. I’d recommended the track, as it’s quiet, besides wild life and there are various tracks, so you can do different ones or explore a bit more.

Reviewed By: Brett

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