Halswell Quarry is a 60.4 hectare park. It took me 40 minutes to walk around the six sister city gardens and a Canterbury botanical collection. Halswell Quarry all so has a very good dog excersize compound.
In the map above, if you zoom in on the walk, you’ll see all the following track points and their location. Each point has photos along with a description about each one.
Driving in to the park you will see the quarry office to your right, drive past the main car park and toilets. Then drive up the large valley on your right and into the Findlay picnic area. In photo 2, as you drive around the corner, continue driving up the valley to the row of trees and park there. The third photo is the start of the track.
Walk up through the bush. And out onto a paddock. This should take you 10 minutes. At the sign turn to the right. 5 minutes on from the sign, you can stop for a cool drink at the water fountain. From here it is a short 5 minute walk to the top. Take a seat and enjoy the view.
The downhill journey is an easy one. Half way down the track, you should see the old crusher, over to the right, go and have a look. Half the shed is falling down and the other half is used by the ranger to store his gear. From there, walk back towards the main gate and onto the single mans house which is now the visitors centre. Get there early, they operate on banker’s hours. You drove past the house on the way in.
From there take your time and wonder around the gardens. There are six sister cities gardens in the park. Halswell Quarry Park can be very busy over the weekends. It is a great place for a picnic and there is a special paddock put aside for you to exercise the dogs.
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