Don Mine Walk

Allow a minimum of two hours for this activity: 30 minutes drive each way, 30 minute walk. You may decide to drive on to the Blue Tiers to make it a longer day!

How to get there: From Tin Dragon Trail Cottages turn right onto the Tasman Highway. Drive up over the hill out of Branxholm. Continue along the Tasman Highway through Derby, Moorina and to Weldborough (26 km). Out of Welborough the Tasman Highway crosses the Weld River (3.1 km). There is a small car park (on the right) 4.2 km out of Welborough for Myrtle Forest walk. This short walk only takes 10 minutes and is well worth the stop.

Myrtle Forest walk

The Myrtle Forest walk

entrance to the Don mine

Entrance to the Don Mine

Continue along the Tasman Highway for another 2.6 km (6.8 from Welborough). On the left is the Little Plains Look-out and car park on Lottah Road. This is a terrific vantage point to view the Blue Tiers. Lottah Road is a gravel road that is suitable for the family sedan car. Continue along Lottah Road for 5.5 km, take the left-hand fork in the road to the Crystal Creek bridge. Cross over the bridge and find a car park. (A little further up the road is the entrance to the Duco Mine—take a look at this too. You might see the glow worms.

Remember to be careful because you walk at your own risk.

The Don Mine walk is indicated by a small sign and the trail by arrows—about 30 min return. You should be able to see the old road and old wooden bridge, which is now hidden from the road by regrowth bush.

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below the dam wall

Looking out from the mine

Cascade River

The Duco Mine sign near the road

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