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Ms Kellys walking track is a 1.5km, grade 3 Circuit hike located in the Brimbin Nature Reserve, NSW. The hike should take approximately 45mins to complete.
Isabella Mary Kelly, New South Wales’ only independent female colonial settler, was a wealthy Irish woman who sailed into Sydney Harbour in 1834 looking for a tree change. She bought up Crown Land and ran her own station. Isabella was apparently disliked by her neighbours for doing men’s work’, her house burnt down in her absence and she was, for a time, unjustly imprisoned after subletting to a conman. History has painted her character in various extremes, from a gun-slinging tyrant to a brave pioneering hero.
Beginning at Tommy Owens Crossing, the track passes through a dense area of swamp oak then, from Ms Kellys Crossing, follows part of Old Port Macquarie Road. From the late 1820s, this historic route allowed bullock-drawn vehicles to cross Dawson River and continue on to Port Macquarie.
It’s a great trail for walking with children. See how many different birds they can spot along the way.
About the Region
Brimbin Nature Reserve in the North Coast region
Brimbin Nature Reserve is always open but may have to close at times due to flood events, poor weather or fire danger.
On entering Brimbin Nature Reserve, follow the signs to the walking track from the carpark. Parking Parking is available at Brimbin picnic area. It can be a busy place on the weekend, so parking may be limited.
The weather in the area can be extreme and unpredictable, so please ensure you’re well-prepared for your visit.
Remember to take your binoculars if you want to birdwatch.
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.