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Corn Trail walking track

Monga National Park

Overview

Corn Trail walking track is a historic trail for hikers and horse riders to traverse a wide variety of landscapes and follow in the footsteps of the past.

Where
Monga National Park
Distance
16km one-way
Time suggested
6hrs
Grade
Hard
Price
Free
What to
bring
Drinking water, first aid kit, personal locator beacon, topographic map, compass, hat, sunscreen, sturdy shoes, torch, insect repellent, clothes for all weather conditions
Please note
  • This is a remote area and there's is limited mobile reception. Please bring a Personal Locator Beacon (PLB)
  • Topographic maps are recommend: take 1:25 000 topographic maps for Monga and Araluen
  • Weather in this area can be extreme and unpredictable, so ensure you’re well-prepared for your visit. This area can experience wind storms and walkers may encounter fallen trees over parts of the track.
  • Please inform family or friends of your plans to do this walk, and contact them when you return.

Take a journey back in time and follow a route that has been used for thousands of years. Popular today with bushwalkers and horse riding groups, Corn Trail walking track was originally used by Aboriginal people on their seasonal travels between the coast and the tablelands, then later by European settlers on pack horses carrying supplies.

This historic trail takes you downhill from high mountain ridges to deep rainforest-filled valleys. You'll cross the gently flowing Mongarlowe and Buckenbowra Rivers, wander through warm temperate rainforest and walk through eucalypt forests. You’ll also catch glimpses of Mount Budawang and the sandstone peaks of Pigeon House and Castle Mountain further north.

It’s a difficult walk, so you’ll need to come prepared, but the scenery is worth it.

It is easier to do this walk downhill from the Dasyurus Picnic Area to the Lower Corn Trail car park, which allows you to do a car shuffle. You can access Lower Corn Trail car park via the Misty Mountain and No Name Mountain Roads. It's a 40 minute, one-way drive from Kings Highway, but well worth to have a vehicle and supplies waiting for you at the end of a long day.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

 

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A family walk a boardwalk section of Bouddi coastal walk, Bouddi National Park. Photo: John Spencer/OEH.

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Corn Trail walking track, Monga National Park. Photo: Lucas Boyd