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Mount Keira Ring track

Illawarra Escarpment State Conservation Area

Overview

Encircling Mount Keira, the ring track passes through the varied terrains and forests of the Illawarra Escarpment, starting and finishing in a perfect picnic spot.

Where
Illawarra Escarpment State Conservation Area
Distance
5.5km
Time suggested
3hrs
Grading
Medium
Price
Free
Opening times

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

Please note
  • 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

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.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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Mountain pygmy possum (Burramys parvus). Photo: Cate Aitken
Mount Keira Ring track, Illawarra Escarpment State Conservation Area. Photo: John Spencer