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Big Scrub loop walking track

Nightcap National Park

Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Big Scrub loop walking track.

Track grading

Grade 3

Learn more about the grading system Features of this track
  • Time

    30min - 1hr

  • Quality of markings

    Clearly sign posted

  • Gradient

    Short steep hills

  • Distance

    1.5km loop

  • Steps

    Many steps

  • Quality of path

    Formed track, some obstacles

  • Experience required

    Some bushwalking experience recommended

Getting there and parking

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Get directions

    On entering Nightcap National Park, from Dunoon:

    • Take Dunoon Road north for approximately 3.6km and turn left onto Rocky Creek Dam Road
    • Continue for approximately 1.5km and turn left onto unsealed Gibbergunyah Range Road
    • Drive for 1km, across several cattlegrids, to the park gate.

    You’ll need to walk an additional 300m from the park entry gate, as Gibbergunyah Range Road is closed to public vehicles. However, the road is accessible to walkers, cyclists and horse riders.

    Park entry points

    Parking

    Parking is available at the open area adjacent to the information sign. Please do not park in front of the gate.

    Best times to visit

    There are lots of great things waiting for you in Nightcap National Park. Here are some of the highlights: Weather in the northern rivers region is generally mild in winter ranging to hot in summer. It can be very wet (the park receives the highest annual rainfall in NSW) and misty so check local weather conditions and pack suitable clothes as well as a hat, sunscreen and insect repellent.

    Weather, temperature and rainfall

    Summer temperature

    Average

    18°C and 29°C

    Highest recorded

    40°C

    Winter temperature

    Average

    6°C and 19°C

    Lowest recorded

    -0.6°C

    Rainfall

    Wettest month

    February

    Driest month

    September

    The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

    350mm

    Facilities

    Drinking water is not available in this area, so it’s a good idea to bring your own.

    Maps and downloads

    Safety messages

    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.

    This walk is suitable for experienced bushwalkers who are comfortable undertaking self-reliant hiking.

    River and lake safety

    The aquatic environment around rivers, lakes and lagoons can be unpredictable. If you're visiting these areas, take note of these river and lake safety tips.

    Permitted

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

    Prohibited

    Due to rough tracks and the risk of erosion, no bicycles are permitted on this track.

    Pets

    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.

    Smoking

    NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

    Big Scrub loop walking track

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    Park info

    • in Nightcap National Park in the North Coast region
    • Nightcap National Park is open sunrise to sunset but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

    Minyon Falls, Nightcap National Park. Photo: John Spencer