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Mount Keira Ring track

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Alerts for Illawarra Escarpment State Conservation Area: closed areas, fire bans

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Updated: 23/11/2014 12:01 AM

“I never get tired of jogging here in the mornings. Sometimes I even bring the kids and we look for lyrebirds and wallabies on the slopes of Mount Keira.”

Circling Mount Keira in an engaging loop, the ring track is a terrific setting for a casual hike or an energetic run. Expect to encounter a lush parade of forests and terrain, from cool sub-tropical bush to lofty red cedars and rocky outcrops. Catbirds call in the rainforest as you trace the old route of an early colonial road.

You’ll find the track-head by following the trail from the car park to the Girl Guide Camp entrance road. Cross the road, rejoining the trail on the other side. The ring track is just a short distance away.

If you want to make a day of it, pack a picnic. Byarong Park picnic area is a terrific spot to settle down for a relaxing barbecue or an afternoon ball game.

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Getting there

Getting there:

Byarong Park picnic area, where the track begins, is in the Mount Keira precinct of Illawarra Escarpment State Conservation Area. To get there:

  • Heading south on the Southern Freeway from Waterfall towards Wollongong, exit at Figtree.
  • Turn left onto the Princes Highway
  • After 0.5km, turn left again onto Mount Keira Road. It is 3km to Byarong Park.

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Vehicle access:

Sealed road - 2WD vehicles - All weather

Parking:

Parking is available at Byarong Park.

Important info

Distance:

5.5km (one-way)

Time suggested:

3 hours each way

Difficulty:

Medium difficulty

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 birdwatch
  • You'll need to bring your own drinking and cooking water
  • Don’t leave the track or approach within four metres of any cliff edges
  • The walking opportunities in this park are suitable for experienced bushwalkers who are comfortable undertaking self-reliant hiking
  • Dogs may not be brought into the Conservation Area
  • It can be a busy place on the weekend, so parking might be limited.
  • Firewood may not be collected from the Conservation Area
  • There is limited mobile phone reception

Opening hours:

The track-head at Byarong Park is open from sunrise to sunset.

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- Alerts

Illawarra Escarpment State Conservation Area

closed areas

Areas closed due to rock falls - Mount Keira Ring track
Closed areas include:

  • Five Islands lookout, Mount Keira.
  • All areas above Mount Keira Ring track to Mount Keira Summit, except for Dave Walsh track and the rock-climbing area on the western face of Mount Keira.
  • Northern section of Mount Keira Ring track, east of the link track (stone stairs) to Queen Elizabeth Drive and west of Mount Pleasant track.
View a map of the affected area (PDF 130KB)
For more information, please contact the Illawarra Area office on (02) 4223 3000 or visit the NSW national parks safety page.

fire bans

A total fire ban applies in the park. (Ends Sunday 23 November)
A total fire ban has been declared by the Commissioner of the Rural Fire Service which includes this park. The total fire ban applies on Sunday 23 November for the entire 24 hour period. Total fire ban rules apply. This ban may be extended and any extension will be posted as soon as possible.
Find out more information about fire bans in parks and reserves including your responsibilities:http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/safety/fire

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Mount Keira Ring track, Illawarra Escarpment State Conservation Area. Photo: John Spencer