Bob Turner’s Track is a walking track located at Colo Heights, New South Wales. The track commences 700m north of the Service Station at Colo Heights on the western side of the Putty Road. Follow the 2WD dirt track for about 3km to start of the walk. The track descends gradually down to the Colo River Gorge to a lovely picnic area with natural pool.
The turn off from the Putty Road, Colo Heights. Cathy McHardy March 2017.
According to Tom Brennan Bob Turner was a former mayor of the Sydney Municipality of Ku-ring-gai who with other bushwalking enthusiasts restored the track in 1970-71. (Robert Sutherland Turner was Mayor of Ku-ring-gai from 13 December 1968 to 9 December 1970). The track was named after Turner when Wollemi National Park was declared in 1979. The original pack horse track was constructed by railway engineer George Townsend (Townshend) when he was surveying his route for a proposed railway line which followed the Colo River in order to cross the Blue Mountains.
Information sign at the commencement of the track. Cathy McHardy March 2017.
The first section of the track Cathy McHardy March 2017.
Colourful and delicate scaevola species along the track. Cathy McHardy March 2017.
In December 2019, the Gospers Mountain fire threatened the small community of Colo Heights. Sadly one house was destroyed along with many hectares of bushland including Bob Turner’s Track. With torrential rain in February 2020 came the regeneration of plant life emerging from the blackened soil.
Pimelea’s vibrant green growth contrasting with the blackened soil after the fire. Cathy McHardy May 2020
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