Red Hill To Newmarket
Walk Or Cycle
This 6-7km return trail from Woolcock Park cuts a green swathe through the inner west and north, taking in wooded glades, parklands, a little kids trail bike circuit, picnic spots and playgrounds on its way to the bushland of Banks St Reserve. Along the way are a few gentle slopes and a couple of quiet on-road streets for cyclists. Note there is limited opportunity for sustenance along the way save for a couple of detours to cafes and an Italian pasticceria part way along. (Local Red Hill cafe Steam Train Espresso, a block away on Arthur Tce is a good spot for a pre-ride caffeine hit and delicious bite to eat).
Public transport takers will need to catch one of the buses en route along Waterworks Road and alight near the Red Hill Special School. From here a path on either side of the road heads down under Ithaca Bridge to the edge of Woolcock Park. Car arrivals can park in the vicinity of Hawthorn Tce, which becomes a vehicular hot spot on weekends.
1. Starting the walk/ride in the leafy hollow of Woolcock Park, follow the reflexology path across the little wooden bridge then around underneath the Ithaca Bridge, the original section of which was built in 1899 and first opened to traffic in 1900. After a short distance there’s a dirt jump bike circuit for young aspiring Evel Knievels to hone their skills.
2. From here continue along the lush green strip until Glenrosa Rd then turn left and then right onto Todd St which loops around to the exclusive playground, barbecue and picnic spots fronting Tennis Avenue. A narrow bridge on the right crosses over into yet another verdant creek side reserve which leads to the next bridge over the creek. (Ignore the Davidson St offshoot). Here is McCorbie Park and a chance to grab an Italian pastry or gelato at Gerbino’s on Ashgrove Avenue, which runs parallel to parkside Corbie St.
3. Those who missed that food opportunity still have Gallery B (which has a deck overlooking the bike path) further along after the path passes under the Ashgrove Avenue bridge. Take a sharp left up immediately after the bridge underpass and swing up to Ashgrove Avenue and head towards Enoggera Rd. The exotic Gallery B is a couple of hundred metres further up the road at the rear of Tru Value Hardware.
4. Resuming the pathway under the bridge, continue along the creek with the backs of houses on either side until the path veers inwards and arrives at Quandong St. At the end of this street is the entrance to Banks St Reserve, which itself has walking and bike tracks and is well worth exploring.
Red Hill to Newmarket