Corn Trail walking track

Monga National Park

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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.

Distance
16km one-way
Time suggested
6hrs - 6hrs 30min
Grade
Grade 4
Trip Intention Form

It's a good idea to let someone know where you're going. Fill in a trip intention form to send important details about your trip to your emergency contact.

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.

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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All the practical information you need to know about Corn Trail walking track.

Track grading

Features of this track

Distance

16km one-way

Time

6hrs - 6hrs 30min

Quality of markings

Limited signage

Experience required

Experienced bushwalkers

Gradient

Very steep

Steps

Occasional steps

Quality of path

Rough track, many obstacles

Getting there and parking

Get driving directions

Get directions

    Corn Trail walking track is in the northern precinct of Monga National Park. To get there:

    • Take the River Forest Road off the Kings Highway, approximately 20 km south east of Braidwood

    • Take the first left, approximately 200m after entering the park

    • Follow this road 400m to arrive at Dasyurus picnic area, where the walking track starts.

    • The track finishes at the Lower Corn Trail Carpark. This carpark allows you to do a car shuffle prior to starting the walk. Access this carpark via the Misty Mountain and No Name Mountain Roads. This carpark is a 40 minute drive one way from the Kings Highway.

    Road quality

    Check the weather before you set out. In wet weather you can only access the lower Corn trail carpark in a 4WD vehicle.

    • Mixture of sealed and unsealed roads

    Weather restrictions

    • 4WD required in wet weather

    Parking

    Parking is available at Dasyurus Picnic area, where the walking track starts.

    Lower Corn Trail carpark provides parking at the bottom end of the track.

    Best times to visit

    There are lots of great things waiting for you in Monga National Park. Here are some of the highlights.

    Autumn

    Take in the sweet perfumes of the plumwood trees in flower.

    Spring

    See the distinctive bright red colour of the Monga waratah in bloom along the banks of Mongarlowe River.

    Summer

    Enjoy a picnic under the shade of the eucalypt forest and unwind to the sounds of the gently flowing water at Mongarlowe River picnic area.

    Winter

    Embark on the historic Corn Trail walking track and experience the diverse natural landscapes of Monga.

    Facilities

    There are no facilities along Corn Trail walking track, however there are gas barbecues and toilets at Mongarlowe River picnic area.

    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 trail is suitable for experienced bushwalkers who are comfortable undertaking self reliant hiking. 

    The Corn trail is in a remote location. Walkers may experience wind and rain storms which can result in fallen trees or shrubs over parts of the track.

    Please ensure you are well prepared with appropriate clothing. Bring safety equipment like a Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) and a topographic map, and remember to fill in a trip intention form to send important details about your trip to an emergency contact.


    Horse riding safety

    Before you hop on your horse, learn how to keep you and your riding group safe.

    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).

    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

    Fishing

    A current NSW recreational fishing licence is required when fishing in all waters.

    Prohibited

    Gathering firewood

    Firewood may not be collected from the park.

    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.

    Learn more

    Corn Trail walking track is in Monga National Park. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

    A glimpse of trading history

    Mongarlowe River picnic area, Monga National Park. Photo: Lucas Boyd

    Monga National Park is significant for its natural wonders and its historic heritage. Corn Trail walking track, which is today enjoyed by bushwalkers and horse riders, was the first trade route between the Buckenbowra Valley farmlands near the coast and the early European settlements on the tablelands near Braidwood. Further settlement came to the area in the 1840s, with the establishment of the timber trade and gold mining. The sawmill at Monga provided timber for Braidwood and the establishment of Canberra in the 1900s, with logging continuing in the area until 1987.

    • Corn Trail walking track 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.

    Aboriginal culture

    Mongarlowe River, Dasyurus picnic area, Monga National Park. Photo: Lucas Boyd

    For over 14,000 years, the Yuin and Walbunja people have lived around the valleys of Clyde, Deua and Buckenbowra rivers. Walkers and horse riders can walk in their footsteps on Corn Trail walking track, which was one of the trails used by Aboriginal people to travel between the coast and the tablelands. There are many Aboriginal cultural sites in the park where stone artefacts, fire beacons and old campsites have been found.

    Unique plantlife

    Sunlight through the tree canopy in Monga National Park. Photo Lucas Boyd © DPIE

    Many of the plants you'll find in the cool, temperate rainforests of Monga are millions of years in the making. Related to the plants from the super continent Gondwana, they present a unique window to the past. The plumwood trees and soft tree ferns you see in the park are closely related to pollen fossils found in Antarctica. Some plumwood trees here have widths of up to 4m and are thought to be thousands of years old. Wander along the banks of Mongarlowe River and you'll also see the distinctive bright red flowers of the Monga waratah.

    • Dasyurus picnic area Dasyurus picnic area is a tranquil spot to stop on your drive to the coast from Canberra or a great day trip from Batemans Bay or Braidwood.
    • Mongarlowe River picnic area Under the shade of eucalypt forest, this sheltered picnic site is an ideal place to start exploring Monga's rich habitats with easy strolls, swimming, and birdwatching.

    Plants and animals protected in this park

    Animals

    • Echidna. Photo: Ken Stepnell

      Short-beaked echidna (Tachyglossus aculeatus)

      One of only 2 egg-laying mammals in the world, the short-beaked echidna is one of the most widespread of Australian native animals. Covered in spines, or quills, they’re equipped with a keen sense of smell and a tube-like snout which they use to break apart termite mounds in search of ants.

    • A juvenile platypus saved by National Parks and Wildlife staff. Photo: M Bannerman/OEH

      Platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus)

      One of the most fascinating and unusual Australian animals, the duck-billed platypus, along with the echidna, are the only known monotremes, or egg-laying mammals, in existence. The platypus is generally found in permanent river systems and lakes in southern and eastern NSW and east and west of the Great Dividing Range.

    • Profile view of a grey-headed flying-fox flying past eucalupt trees. Photo: Shane Ruming © Shane Ruming

      Grey-headed flying-fox (Pteropus poliocephalus)

      The grey-headed flying fox is Australia's largest native bat, with a wingspan up to 1m. This threatened species travels up and down south-eastern Australia and plays a vital role in pollinating plants and spreading seeds in our native forests.

    • A spotted-tailed quoll walks across a moss-covered forest floor at night. Photo: Lachlan Hall © Lachlan Hall

      Spotted-tailed quoll (Dasyurus maculatus)

      The spotted-tailed quoll is the largest remaining carnivorous marsupial on the Australian mainland. It’s protected as a vulnerable species in NSW.

    Plants

    • Close up photo of a waratah flower, Blue Mountains National Park. Photo: Simone Cottrell/OEH.

      Waratah (Telopea speciosissima)

      The beautiful waratah is not only the NSW floral emblem, it's also one of the best-known Australian native plants. This iconic Australian bush flower can be found on sandstone ridges around Sydney, in nearby mountain ranges and on the NSW South Coast. The waratah has a vibrant crimson flowerhead, measuring up to 15cm across, and blossoms in spring.

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