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C From Tabletop Crossroads TTOPXROADS 91669/82707 on Tabletop Management Trail North to Tabletop Hideaway Road Junct. TTOPXHIDEA 9580/86812 7.00 km

105 minutes


1: 25000 Map


(AGD 66)

Waypoint Name Zone Eastings Northings



Rowleys Creek UTM TTOPXROADS 56J 0391669 6582707


Winterbourne UTM TTOPXHIDEA 56J 0395447 6586908


This section is along a fairly well maintained 4WD road with a few dips. It can get a bit boring, so the mountain bike makes sense if you want to hurry to Tabletop Mountain. However, that won’t be an option for those who are keen on photography or plants, and when the flowers and birds are out, it’s a good walk.

The steep slopes, poor soil and moderate rainfall had lead to the growth of open Eucalyptus forest and woodland along this section.

 From here, it is S to Steep Drop and N to Tabletop Mountain.

Lots of comments about ‘Mulga Bill’s Bicycle’, but the dry track and a light backpack made for faster traveling on the dry road heading out. However, the wet muddy track coming back wasn’t a lot of fun…

A more orthodox mode of travel was favoured by most.


This lovely Rice Flower (Pimelea species) is one of many flowering plants along this section in spring. (Photo Don Hitchcock)


This group of daisies are sometimes called Dogwood, or Curry Bush- but most are now calling them by their botanical name , Cassinia species. (Photo Don Hitchcock)

On of the rough-barked eucalypts along the track- DIEHARD STRINGYBARK Eucalyptus cameronii


This is commonly called Holly-leaved Pea (Podolobium ilicifolium), an attractive little plant with yellow –orange flowers. But it often grows in dense stand on steep slopes, and it gets called lots of other names when you’re pushing past its sharp-pointed leaves.

You can clearly see the 8 stamens surrounding the stigma, and the 4 ‘petals’ in the photo. (Photo Don Hitchcock)

Shortly before Tabletop Hideaway turnoff. The distinctive fire-blackened trunks of New England Blackbutt (Eucalyptus campanulata) and the low Snow Grass (Poa species) are common along this track section.