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Dubbo Gully loop

Dharug National Park

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Overview

For a challenging bushwalk or mountain bike ride, head to Dubbo Gully loop in Dharug National Park, where you’ll find steep ascents and some amazing history.

Where
Dharug National Park
Distance
18km loop
Time suggested
3-7 hr
Grade
Hard
Price
Free
Opening times

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

What to
bring
Drinking water, hat, snacks, sunscreen, sturdy shoes, helmet, bike repair kit
Please note
  • For a shorter mountain bike ride or walk it's 7km return from Mangrove Mountain to the Dharug National Park boundary. 
  • Allow around 3hrs if mountain biking or 7hrs to hike the full 18km loop.
  • If you're planning to camp overnight at Ten Mile Hollow campground you'll need to book your spot before arriving. 
  • The weather in the area can be extreme and unpredictable, so please ensure you’re well-prepared for your visit.

Definitely not for the fainthearted, this challenging steep track is ideal for adventurous bushwalkers and mountain bike riders who love to test themselves. Dubbo Gully loop combines several trails that lead through rugged and remote bushland, and includes a section of the Old Great North Road built by convicts between 1826 -1836.

Starting at Mangrove Mountain, the first few kilometres wind through Dubbo Gully, passing open fields and an historic old cemetery before reaching Dharug National Park. Continue into the park, along the signposted track to Ten Mile Hollow campground. It's a nice spot for a picnic lunch along the way, or rest your legs, pitch your tent and spend a night under the stars. Bookings required.

Beyond the campground you'll connect with the Old Great North Road. Look for Clares Bridge, the second oldest bridge on the mainland, before looping back to Dubby Gully and returning to Mangrove Mountain.

In Spring, the diverse landscapes come alive with cream flowering Sydney red gums and striking red gymea lilies. You might even see a swamp wallaby hopping across the path.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

Camping:

Ten Mile Hollow campground

Set up your tent and relax at remote Ten Mile Hollow, in Dharug National Park. Only accessible by walking or cycling, it's a beautifully tranquil rest stop on the multi-day Old Great North Road hike.

A visitor sits at a picnic table at Ten Mile Hollow campground in Dharug National Park. Photo: Nick Cubbin/DPIE

Things to do:

Old Great North Road - World Heritage walk

Old Great North Road – World Heritage walk highlights a historic convict-built road with scenic river views, via Finchs Line, in Dharug National Park.

Old Great North Road Walking Track, Dharug National Park. Photo: Simone Cottrell/NSW Government

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