Some Toohey Forest Tracks to Be Closed for Restoration Works

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Restoration works on Bloodwood and Tallowwood tracks at Toohey Forest will be underway soon, temporarily closing the sites for visitors.

From early March 2023 until April 2023, access to these tracks will not be available so frequent visitors to Bloodwood and Tallowwood tracks must find alternative routes.

According to Council, the restoration works are necessary as the tracks have had damage sustained due to the severe weather event in February 2022. Repair work, patching, and reinstatement of the drainage features are expected for this project.  

Toohey Forest
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Bloodwood track, spanning 500 metres, is a fire road climb that leads to Isabella St in Tarragindi, which is the entrance of the Tallowood track, spanning 800 metres. This then leads up to the Toohey Ridge track. It is often used by hikers who love the challenge of the climb but still prefer these tracks because it’s easy to follow. 

Along the way, locals may spot koalas, possums and gliders, as well as owls, kookaburras and fairy wrens as the Toohey Forest is home to over 100 species. Bikers, however, are not allowed on these tracks to ensure the safety of the hikers. 

Toohey Forest was acquired by Council in 1945 from the family of James Toohey, an Irishman who bought these lands in 1872.