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Historic Nightcap walking track

Whian Whian State Conservation Area

Visitor info

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

Track grading

Grade 4

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

    1 - 2 days

  • Quality of markings

    Sign posted

  • Gradient

    Very steep

  • Distance

    18km one-way

  • Steps

    No steps

  • Quality of path

    Rough track, many obstacles

  • Experience required

    Experienced bushwalkers

Getting there and parking

Historic Nightcap walking track is in the western precinct of Nightcap National Park. To get there:

From Nimbin:

  • Take Sibley Street and drive past Nimbin Bowling Club
  • Turn onto Gungas Street and continue for 1.5km, then turn right onto Tuntable Falls Road - signposted ‘Mount Nardi’.
  • Travel a further 4.2km, past Upper Tuntable Falls Road intersection, where the road turns onto Newton Drive.
  • Continue for approximately 4.8km to the park entrance, and another 1km to Mount Nardi carpark.

From the eastern park entrance (via Rosebank):

  • Take Minyon Drive, past Minyon Falls picnic area, over the causeway.
  • Continue along Minyon Drive until you reach the Peates Mountain Road intersection
  • Turn right onto Peates Mountain Road – the track is approximately 100m to the north (approximately 4km).

From the southern park entrance on Nightcap Range Road (via Dunoon):

  • Continue north up Nightcap Range Road to the top of the range
  • Turn left onto Peates Mountain Road – the track is approximately 100m north (approximately 5km).

Parking

Parking is available at Mount Nardi carpark.

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

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.

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).

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.

Historic Nightcap walking track

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Park info

Rummery Park Camping Area, Whian Whian State Conservation Area. Photo: John Spencer/NSW Government