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Brush Turkey track is a 1km, grade 4 circuit hike, located in the Woko National Park, New South Wales. The hike should take approximately 45mins to complete.
Starting right from Woko campground, Brush Turkey track is just as interesting as it is convenient. The loop twists through a sampling of the park’s dry rainforest habitat, with brush turkeys foraging in the undergrowth for grubs and insects, giving the trail its name. Their scratching actually serves an important purpose in the ecosystem, turning over soil and encouraging new growth. Bring binoculars for other species: whipbirds, lyrebirds, grey fantails and scrub wrens are all common in the area, making up a memorable chorus.
The trail begins in colonising rainforest, where hibiscus and acacia trees create the shade that then allows for the next stage in flora development. Be sure to take note of how the atmosphere cools as you move into older forest, where a canopy of Port Jackson fig and shatterwood blocks out the sun. By the time you finish the short trail, you’ve been given a good insight into the lifecycle of the Woko area from new shoots to thick established trees.
The track won’t take you long and is perfect for walking with children. You might like to bring a packed lunch and make a day of it, taking advantage of the free barbecues and picnic tables near the river camping sites. Consider bringing your bathers, too, for a refreshing dip in nearby Manning River.
About the region
Woko National Park in the North Coast region
Woko National Park is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.
On entering Woko National Park from the direction of Gloucester, turn left into the campground. Parking Parking is available at the campground.
Remember to take your binoculars if you want to birdwatch
It can be a busy place on the weekend, so parking might be limited.
Check the weather before you set out as the road to Woko campground can become boggy when it rains
There is no mobile phone reception in this park
Visit NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service for more information on this trail.
The longitude and latitude of the start and end points are approximately only and should not be used for navigation purposes. Please contact me if you know the correct coordinates.