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Cawleys Road trail

Garawarra State Conservation Area

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Cawleys Road trail is a wide, well-formed track popular for bushwalking, mountain biking and horse riding in Garawarra State Conservation Area, near Helensburgh.

2.4km one-way
Time suggested
45min - 1hr 15min
Grade 5
What to
Drinking water, hat, sunscreen
Please note
  • Mountain bikers and horse riders share this path with bushwalkers. Please be considerate to other trail users.
  • Remember to take your binoculars if you want to go birdwatching

Need a place to head out hiking or go mountain biking? Cawleys Road trail starts just off the old highway near Helensburgh and heads through low, open forest filled with scribbly gums, banksias and waratahs. It’s a wide track, surfaced with bitumen and gravel, generally flat, and suitable for all walking, mountain biking, cycling or horse riding levels.

Stop for a breather and lunch beside a beautiful series of waterfalls cascading into a rainforest gully. Those who are mountain biking can also explore some of the other trails connecting to Cawleys Road trail.

Among the scribbly gums and waratahs, you’re likely to see swamp wallabies or echidnas. Honeyeaters and wattlebirds are also attracted by many of the wildflowers, including Gymea lilies, grevilleas and banksias.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info


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