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Dubbo Gully loop trail

“Dubbo Gully trail is steep and a big challenge, but well worth the effort and work.”

Definitely not for the fainthearted, this challenging steep track is ideal for adventurous bushwalkers and mountain bikers who love to test themselves. Dubbo Gully trail leads through rugged and remote bushland along a section of World Heritage-listed Old Great North Road - World Heritage walk, built by convicts between 1826 -1836.

Starting at Mangrove Mountain, you’ll wind through Dubbo Gully passing open fields and a historic old cemetery. Arriving at Old Great North Road, look for Clares Bridge, the second oldest bridge on the mainland.

With a flat grassy area Ten Mile Hollow campground is a nice spot for a picnic lunch along the way, or you might be tempted to pitch your tent and spend a night under the stars.

There’s plenty to see while bushwalking along Dubbo Gully loop trail. It is a clearly signposted track with diverse landscapes which come alive in the spring with cream flowering sydney red gums and striking red gymea lilies. You might even see a swamp wallaby hopping across the path.

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Getting there

Getting there:

Dubbo Gully loop trail is in Dharug National Park. To get there:

  • Follow Wisemans Ferry Road to Mangrove Mountain
  • Turn right into Waratah Road, follow to the end of bitumen (about 4km) and turn left into Dubbo Gully.

Vehicle access:

Unsealed road/trail - 2WD (no long vehicle access) - All weather

Parking:

Parking is available along Waratah Road or 500m before the Dubbo Gully gate.

Important info

Distance:

18km (loop)

Time suggested:

7 hours

Difficulty:

Hard

You should know:

  • It’s a good idea to put sunscreen on before you set out and remember to take a hat
  • Remember to take your binoculars if you want to go birdwatching
  • Drinking water is limited or not available in this area, so it’s a good idea to bring your own. The water from the tank at Ten Mile Hollow is not suitable for drinking.
  • If you’re bushwalking in this park, it’s a good idea to bring a topographic map and compass, or a GPS.
  • The weather in the area can be extreme and unpredictable, so please ensure you’re well-prepared for your visit.
  • This park or attraction is in a remote location, so please ensure you’re well-prepared, bring appropriate clothing and equipment and advise a family member or friend of your travel plans.
  • You’re encouraged to bring gas or fuel stoves, especially in summer during the fire season.
  • There is limited/no mobile reception in this park
  • The walking opportunities in this park are suitable for experienced bushwalkers who are comfortable undertaking self-reliant hiking
  • Composting toilets can be found at Ten Mile Hollow campground

Opening hours:

Dubbo Gully loop trail is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

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Dubbo Gully loop trail, Dharug National Park. Photo: Nick cubbin