Carrow Brook walking track

Mount Royal National Park

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Carrow Brook walking track is a remote walk into the valleys of Mount Royal National Park, near Singleton. A challenging loop hike, it’s best suited to fit, experienced bushwalkers.

No wheelchair access
6km loop
Time suggested
2hrs 30min - 3hrs 30min
Grade 4
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What to
Drinking water, sturdy shoes, hat, suitable clothing, clothes for all weather conditions, first aid kit, sunscreen, snacks, topographic map, gps
Please note
  • This trail includes a very steep descent and ascent of 450m and requires a high level of fitness. Bushwalking experience is recommended.
  • This is a remote walking track. It’s a good idea to bring a topographic map, GPS and first-aid.
  • Weather can change quickly and dramatically in this area, so please ensure you’re well prepared.

If you’re looking for a challenge, then Carrow Brook walking track is for you. Starting from Youngville campground you’ll descend through the towering forest as you make your way to the tranquil waters of Mulgowrie Creek and Carrow Brook. The water’s edge is an ideal place to stop for a rest and some lunch before you tackle the steep climb back.

You’re sure to feel a sense of remoteness on this adventure, as you breathe in the fresh mountain air and enjoy the sights of tall eucalypts, giant blue gums and critically endangered scrub turpentine.

Don’t forget to look up. As well as the scenic views of Mount Royal and Mount Carrow through the forest canopy, there’s also a good chance you’ll spot glossy black cockatoos, varied sitellas and scarlet robins. And keep a lookout among the understory for long-nosed potoroo and parma wallabies.

Spring is a great time to tackle this walk. Temperatures are mild and wildflowers, like white paper daisies, are in bloom.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info


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Track grading

Features of this track


6km loop


2hrs 30min - 3hrs 30min

Quality of markings

Limited signage

Experience required

Experienced bushwalkers


Very steep


Many steps

Quality of path

Rough track, many obstacles

Getting there and parking

Carrow Brook walking track starts at Youngville campground in Mount Royal National Park. To get there:

  • Travelling north on New England Highway, drive through Singleton and then turn right at Dunolly onto Bridgeman Road.
  • Follow Bridgeman Road for 16km, continuing onto Carrowbrook Road.
  • Follow Carrowbrook Road for 25km, then turn left onto Mount Royal Road.
  • Continue on Mount Royal Road for 13km until you reach Youngville campground.

Road quality

The condition of roads in this park can vary depending on weather. Be prepared for variable road conditions and drive according to these conditions.

  • Mixture of sealed and unsealed roads


Parking is available at Youngville campground


There are no bins so you'll need to take your rubbish away with you.


Non-flush toilets are located at the head of the walking track at Youngville campground

  • Non-flush toilets

Picnic tables

Picnic tables are available at Mulgowrie Creek and Youngville campground


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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.

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 - no wheelchair access

Not wheelchair-accessible






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.

Learn more

Carrow Brook walking track is in Mount Royal National Park. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

An important cultural place

Views across the valley in Mount Royal National Park. Photo: Susan Davis

The area now covered by Mount Royal National Park, Barrington Tops National Park and Barrington Tops State Conservation Area is the traditional land of the Biripi, Worimi, Geawegal, Wonaruah and Ungooroo People. Although these people were dispossessed of their land after European settlement of New South Wales, they continue to have a deep attachment to the country and an active interest in its management. This place contains important foods, medicinal plants, animal species and sacred sites.

Safe haven

Pieries Peak walking track, Mount Royal National Park. Photo: Susan Davis

The rich diversity of vegetation offers habitat for a wide range of birds and animals, many of which are rare and threatened. These include: the endangered hastings river mouse; the threatened parma wallaby (described by British naturalist John Gould way back in 1840 as 'shy' and 'cryptic'; and the vulnerable spotted-tailed quoll, which is the largest marsupial carnivore on mainland Australia. The old growth forest is also habitat for four large forest owls - masked, barking, powerful and sooty - all of which are threatened species. Mount Royal National Park has a variety of forest types and vegetation communities, ranging from shrubland to tall open forest and wet eucalypt forest. The most dominant form of vegetation is mid-altitude grassy forest with plentiful stands of New England blackbutt, Sydney blue gum and grey gum.

  • Carrow Brook walking track Carrow Brook walking track is a remote walk into the valleys of Mount Royal National Park, near Singleton. A challenging loop hike, it’s best suited to fit, experienced bushwalkers.

Same as always

Pieries Peak walking track, Mount Royal National Park. Photo: Susan Davis

Mount Royal National Park is listed as part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia. Formerly known as the Central Eastern Rainforest Reserves, these include the most extensive areas of subtropical rainforest in the world, large areas of warm temperate rainforests and nearly all of the Antarctic beech cool temperate rainforest. Few places on earth contain so many plants and animals that remain relatively unchanged from their ancestors in fossil records.

The changing face

Views from Pieries Peak, Mount Royal National Park. Photo: Susan Davis

After government surveyors explored this area in the very early 1800s, the land soon became mined for gold, logged for its timber and used to graze lifestock. Small settlements established themselves on the plateau, mainly due to these agricultural opportunities. From the early 1900s, however, the area became increasingly popular for recreation and for scientific expeditions.

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