Black Hill Reserve, five minutes north of Kyneton, is a place to find natural peace and tranquillity.
The reserve is now open to the public again following a bushfire in early 2015.
Walk along signed tracks through natural and revegetated bushland surrounded by wild flowers and local wildlife. See magnificent views and imposing rock formations like The Monolith, one of the biggest granite features in Victoria.
Orienteering, rock climbing, picnicking are also on offer in this quiet corner of the Macedon Ranges.
While large sections of the reserve are still in a very fragile condition, visitors can witness the wonder of mother nature’s restoration and regeneration.
There are several walks available and you are welcome to walk your dog, but please ensure they are on a leash at all times to avoid trauma to the local wildlife:
Circuit Track: A gentle 3.9 km walk with only a few inclines. You might find it easier to walk in a counter clockwise direction, it just seems easier that way! Picnic tables are provided half way around the track, below the large Monolith rock in the north-east corner. Allow a good hour for this walk, more if you spend time enjoying the views or a picnic. In the spring look out for the wild flowers and orchids in the south-east section of this walk. Kangaroos are often seen in the paddocks adjoining the reserve, echidnas may be seen searching for ants, and sometimes wallabies come down from the higher parts of the reserve. Find a rock or a fallen tree to sit on, and enjoy the many varieties of birds that are all around you.
Ridge Track: A more strenuous 2.7 km walk with some steep sections and well over 250 steps along the way. Going clockwise you will have a short steep climb between points ‘I’ and ‘J’ shown on the map, then an enjoyable stroll along the ridge. Going counter clockwise, there is a longer more gentle climb between points ‘B’ and ‘K’. You will encounter lots of rock formations, huge granite boulders sculpted by erosion, particularly around Cave Rocks and the Eastern Lookout. Explore off the track near the summit for some great views.
Revegetated Area Track: An easy 1.7 km walk through an area where 17,000+ trees have been planted. This planting has restored an area quarried for gravel back in the 1950’s and 1960’s. This is a popular area for kangaroos seeking shade in hot weather.