Griffins walking track

Morton National Park

Overview

Griffins walking track is an 11km hike through the beautiful Yarrunga Creek Valley, with scenic views, wildlife, and opportunities for camping along the way.

Where
Morton National Park
Distance
11km one-way
Time suggested
8 - 10hrs
Grade
Grade 4
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Price
Free
Entry fees
Park entry fees apply
What to
bring
Hat, sunscreen
Please note
  • There is limited mobile reception in this park
  • Remember to take your binoculars if you want to go birdwatching

Griffins walking track offers a peaceful hike through the Yarrunga Creek Valley and up Meryla Pass. At 11km one-way, it can be attempted in a single day, but is best tackled with an overnight camp.

Start the walk at either Jacks Corner, in Kangaroo Valley, or at the top of Meryla Pass. The walk is undulating and has some very long steep sections, but the beauty is staggering. Don’t forget to look up occasionally at the amazing sandstone cliffs towering overhead. In the distance, you should be able to spot the distinctive shapes of Mount Moollattoo and Mount Carrialoo. As well as these, expect creek crossings, rocky outcrops, views across the valley, and plenty of wildlife – don’t forget the camera, particularly if birdwatching is of interest.

Aim to settle down for the evening at Griffins Farm, a grassy area alongside the creek where remnants of an old house, barn, and rock wall fence can still be seen. The Griffins family cut timber here to sell to sawmills between the 1940s and 1970s. Bring dinner and light a campfire afterward for a thrilling night out under the stars.

At the top of Meryla Pass, you can also follow Wombat Hill lookout trail for another terrific vantage point over the surrounding landscape.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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Park info

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Visitor info

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

Track grading

Grade 4

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

    8 - 10hrs

  • Quality of markings

    Limited signage

  • Gradient

    Very steep

  • Distance

    11km one-way

  • Steps

    No steps

  • Quality of path

    Formed track

  • Experience required

    Experienced bushwalkers

Getting there and parking

Get driving directions

Get directions

    Griffins walking track is in the Yarrunga Valley precinct of Morton National Park. To get there from Kangaroo Valley:

    • Head west from Moss Vale Road for 11km along Bendeela Road
    • Go past the pondage as the road becomes Jacks Corner Road. Continue until you reach the Morton National Park trailhead gate at the bottom of Griffins walking track. This is known as Jacks Corner.
    • Alternatively, from Moss Vale, head towards Nowra on Yarrawa Road.
    • Turn right onto Meryla Road and follow it for 16km through Meryla State Forest to the top of Griffins walking track. This is known as Meryla Pass.

    Park entry points

    Road quality

    Check the weather before you set out as the road to Griffins walking track can become boggy when it rains.

    Parking

    Parking is available at both ends of the track at Jacks Corner and at the top of Meryla Pass.

    Best times to visit

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

    Autumn

    Grab an oar and canoe down the Shoalhaven River or the Kangaroo River. Autumn rains create ideal conditions for river paddling, and you'll find good spots for beginners as well as for more experienced paddlers.

    Spring

    Take the Three Views or Granite Falls walking tracks to see wildflowers in colourful bloom.

    Summer

    The rainforests of Morton National Park are a great place to escape the summer heat – try the Erith Coal Mine track at Bundanoon or the nearby Fairy Bower Falls walk.

    Facilities

    • You’re encouraged to bring gas or fuel stoves, especially in summer during the fire season.
    • Where there are no toilets, please ensure you dig a 15cm deep hole and bury all toilet waste. Please also ensure you’re at least 100m away from any watercourses.

    Drinking water

    You'll need to bring your own drinking and cooking water

    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.

    The walking opportunities in this park are suitable for experienced bushwalkers who are comfortable undertaking self-reliant hiking. 

    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.

    Mobile safety

    Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency + 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.

    Don’t try to cross creeks in flood or following heavy rainfall.

    Permitted

    Fishing

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

    Prohibited

    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.

    Visitor centre

    Nearby towns

    Bowral (18 km)

    Spring is tulip time while summer has fragrant roses and autumn, flowering bulbs. Bowral Tulip Festival runs from the end of September until early October; the Autumn Garden Festival is held in May.

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    Fitzroy Falls (6 km)

    With its rainforest gullies, wildflowers, colourful parrots and rosellas, and many other native animals, Morton National Park is the main attraction at Fitzroy Falls. The boardwalk along the creek, through restored native bushland, takes you to a lookout at the top of the Falls (about 100 m).

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    Learn more

    Griffins walking track is in Morton National Park. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

    A rugged beauty

    West Rim walking track, Morton National Park. Photo: Michael Van Ewijk

    Morton National Park envelops you in its fascinating landscape. Roam through rainforest on the Kangaroo Valley escarpment. Or relax on your picnic blanket, shaded by tall eucalyptus trees - the park has everything from Sydney peppermint to spotted gum and the rare Pigeon House Ash. The park's geological features are equally captivating. Detect different rock types in the cliff face, or find a good vantage point and gaze at the plateau carved with deep gorges. Absorbing the gorges sheer size, coupled with their interesting terraced appearance, can keep you occupied for hours.

    • Badgerys Spur walking track Badgerys Spur walking track in Morton National Park offers a steep and challenging hike on the edge of Ettrema Wilderness Area, finishing on the banks of Shoalhaven River.
    • Granite Falls walking track The easy Granite Falls walking track in Morton National Park, near Nowra, offers scenic waterfall views with springtime wildflowers. Enjoy a picnic by the lookout.

    Rich Aboriginal history

    View of Morton National Park. Photo: John Yurasek

    Morton National Park is the traditional Country of the Yuin people. Several hundred Aboriginal sites have been recorded here and there are likely many more. The park's imposing mountains, particularly Didthul, are particularly significant in Aboriginal mythology, as is the majestic Fitzroy Falls. The park's plateau and surrounding country also contain sites of great importance to Aboriginal people, whose occupation of the area dates back over 20,000 years.

    • Fitzroy Falls Visitor Centre The award-winning Fitzroy Falls Visitor Centre offers information on the region’s local Aboriginal culture, wildlife and birdwatching, in the Southern Highlands.
    • Then and now: Aboriginal culture This excursion experience has been updated and is now being delivered in line with the new NSW Department of Education Curriculum. We will be revising this excursion's name and information online soon. Contact your local national parks office for more information about the updated excursion.
    • Then and now: Aboriginal culture This excursion experience has been updated and is now being delivered in line with the new NSW Department of Education Curriculum. We will be revising this excursion's name and information online soon. Contact your local national parks office for more information about the updated excursion.

    Teeming with wildlife

    Honeysuckle (Banksia serrata), Morton National Park. Photo: John Yurasek

    This massive park is a sanctuary for all kinds of wildlife. Rainforest and moist eucalypt forest support swamp wallabies, gliders, bush rats and long-nosed potoroos. Birdwatchers will be tickled pink with Morton's residents - satin bowerbirds, green catbirds and lyrebirds call the park home, while eagles and falcons hover overhead. You could be fortunate enough to see an endangered ground parrot in the heath. And, if it really is your lucky day, maybe you'll meet a platypus or long-necked tortoise in one of the rivers.

    • East Rim and Wildflower walking tracks Take in awe inspiring views of the Southern Highlands’ on East Rim and Wildflower walking tracks. Start from the Fitzroy Falls Visitor Centre and wind your way through nature on these joined tracks.
    • Manning lookout For spectacular cliff-top views over Kangaroo Valley, Manning lookout offers great birdwatching on a family driving route through the NSW Southern Highlands, in Morton National Park.
    • Pigeon House Mountain Didthul picnic area Pigeon House Mountain Didthul picnic area offers basic facilities as well as terrific birdwatching and a walking track up the mountain to a scenic lookout.

    Plants and animals you may see

    Animals

    • Yellow-tailed black cockatoo. Photo: Peter Sherratt

      Yellow-tailed black cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus funereus)

      The yellow-tailed black cockatoo is one of the largest species of parrot. With dusty-black plumage, they have a yellow tail and cheek patch. They’re easily spotted while bird watching, as they feed on seeds in native forests and pine plantations.

    • Closeup of a laughing kookaburra's head and body. Photo: Rosie Nicolai/OEH

      Kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae)

      Of the 2 species of kookaburra found in Australia, the laughing kookaburra is the best-known and the largest of the native kingfishers. With its distinctive riotous call, the laughing kookaburra is commonly heard in open woodlands and forests throughout NSW national parks, making these ideal spots for bird watching.

    Plants

    •  Black sheoak. Photo: Barry Collier

      Black sheoak (Allocasuarina littoralis)

      The black sheoak is one of a number of casuarina species found across the east coast of Australia and nearby tablelands. Growing to a height of 5-15m, these hardy Australian native plants can survive in poor or sandy soils. The barrel-shaped cone of the black sheoak grows to 10-30mm long.

    • Blueberry ash. Photo: Jaime Plaza

      Blueberry ash (Elaeocarpus reticulatus)

      The blueberry ash is a rainforest shrub which produces blue olive-shaped berries and spectacular bell-shaped flowers, which often appear on the plant together. It is a tall slender shrub or small tree found in rainforest, tall eucalypt forest and coastal bushland in eastern NSW, south-east Queensland and Victoria.

    • Grass trees, Sugarloaf State Conservation Area. Photo: Michael Van Ewijk

      Grass tree (Xanthorrea spp.)

      An iconic part of the Australian landscape, the grass tree is widespread across eastern NSW. These Australian native plants have a thick fire-blackened trunk and long spiked leaves. They are found in heath and open forests across eastern NSW. The grass tree grows 1-5m in height and produces striking white-flowered spikes which grow up to 1m long.

    Environments in this park

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    Griffins walking track, Morton National Park. Photo: Michael Van Ewijk