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Muirs lookout

Jilliby State Conservation Area

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Muirs lookout.

Getting there and parking

Muirs lookout is in the eastern precinct of Jilliby State Conservation Area. To get there:

From the F3 expressway:

  • Take the Cooranbong/Morisset exit to Freemans Drive and turn left at the roundabout.
  • Follow Freemans Drive west to Cooranbong
  • Turn left onto Martinsville Road then left onto Wattagan Road – the uphill section becomes Martinsville Hill Road (unsealed).
  • Proceed west to Watagan Forest Road then turn left and follow Watagan Forest Road to Prickly Ridge Road
  • Turn left, heading east to the lookout about 3km along.

Alternative Route (4WD preferred):

  • From the F3 expressway take the Cooranbong/Morisset exit ramp.
  • Follow Mandalong Road west to Tobins Road then turn right onto Prickly Ridge Road
  • Follow uphill to Muirs lookout

Note: Prickly Ridge Road is subject to road closures due to wet weather and vehicle damage.

Road quality

Check the weather before you set out as Prickly Ridge Road to Muirs lookout can become boggy when it rains. The roads in Jilliby State Conservation Area are unsealed and accessible by 4WD only.

  • Unsealed roads

Vehicle access

  • All roads require 4WD vehicle

Weather restrictions

  • Dry weather only


Parking is available at the adjacent carpark, a short walk from the attraction.

Best times to visit

There are lots of great things waiting for you in Jilliby State Conservation Area. Here are some of the highlights.


Cooler months are a great time to jump in your 4WD and go for a car touring adventure to enjoy the forests in all their autumn glory.


Spring is a perfect time to enjoy long bushwalks, bike rides and horseback rides through the parks many trails.


When the weather is too hot to work up a sweat, enjoy a picnic in the beautiful picnic areas at Muirs lookout and Stoney Ridge.

Weather, temperature and rainfall

Summer temperature


17°C and 27°C

Highest recorded


Winter temperature


7°C and 17°C

Lowest recorded



Wettest month


Driest month


The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day



You’re encouraged to bring gas or fuel stoves, especially in summer during the fire season.


  • Non-flush toilets

Picnic tables

Barbecue facilities

  • Wood barbecues (bring your own firewood)


Maps and downloads

Safety messages

This park is in a remote location, so please ensure you’re well-prepared, bring appropriate clothing and equipment and advise a family member or friend of your travel plans.

Bushwalking safety

If you're keen to head out on a longer walk or a backpack camp, always be prepared. Read these bushwalking safety tips before you set off on a walking adventure in national parks.

  • The walking opportunities in this park are suitable for experienced bushwalkers who are comfortable undertaking self-reliant hiking.
  • If you’re bushwalking in this park, it’s a good idea to bring a topographic map and compass, or a GPS.

Fire safety

During periods of fire weather, the Commissioner of the NSW Rural Fire Service may declare a total fire ban for particular NSW fire areas, or statewide. Learn more about total fire bans and fire safety.

Mobile safety

Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency Plus app before you visit, it helps emergency services locate you using your smartphone's GPS. Please note there is limited mobile phone reception in this park and you’ll need mobile reception to call Triple Zero (000).


Disability access level - hard

  • Wheelchairs can access this area with some difficulty


Gathering firewood

Firewood is not supplied and may not be collected from the park.


Pets and domestic animals (other than certified assistance animals) are not permitted. Find out which regional parks allow dog walking and see the pets in parks policy for more information.


NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

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