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Clover Hill trail

Macquarie Pass National Park

Overview

For escarpment views, rainforest, waterfalls, birdwatching and cool creeks, take the Clover Hill trail at Macquarie Pass near Wollongong and Kiama.

Where
Macquarie Pass National Park
Accessibility
Hard
Distance
6km return
Time suggested
2 - 3hrs
Grade
Grade 5
Price
Free
What to
bring
Drinking water, hat, sunscreen
Please note
  • Protect against leeches and ticks with insect repellent
  • Tall forest is best avoided when there are strong winds
  • The path is less defined than others in this park – it’s a good idea to bring a topographic map and compass or a GPS.
  • Remember to take your binoculars if you want to birdwatch
  • It can be a busy place on the weekend, so parking might be limited.
  • Please leave wildflowers and other plants as they are
  • There is limited/no mobile reception in this park

For a varied and interesting walk, take the Clover Hill trail. This old logging route leads to Rainbow Falls and three smaller falls upstream on the Macquarie Rivulet. After walking in the dense shade of the forest, suddenly the landscape opens up at Clover Hill – these are the paddocks cleared by farmers over a century ago. High above, the massive cliffs of the escarpment glow yellow and orange in the sunlight.

Bushwalkers, birdwatchers and adventurers will love this walk, with its sharp contrast between rainforest and open fields. The huge rainforest trees, eucalypts, beefwood, Illawarra flame trees, cabbage tree palms and tree ferns, home to lyrebirds and goannas, give way to sunny plains where you will often see kangaroos hopping about.

Highlights include a spectacular view of the escarpment, and adventurers may wish to scramble upstream at the end of the track to access Rainbow Falls.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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Clover Hill Trail, Macquarie Pass National Park. Photo: T. Moody/NSW Government