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Mount Imlay – Balawan Summit walking track

Mount Imlay National Park

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All the practical information you need to know about Mount Imlay – Balawan Summit walking track.

Track grading

Grade 5

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

    2 - 4hrs

  • Quality of markings

    Sign posted

  • Gradient

    Very steep and difficult

  • Distance

    6km return

  • Steps

    Occasional steps

  • Quality of path

    Rough track, many obstacles

  • Experience required

    Experienced bushwalkers

Getting there and parking

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    On entering Mount Imlay National Park:

    • Continue driving through East Boyd State Forest until you reach Mount Imlay carpark and Burrawang picnic area.

    Road quality

    Check the weather before you set out as the road to Mount Imlay National Park can become slippery when it rains.


    Parking is available at Mount Imlay Summit walking track.

    Best times to visit

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


    Take advantage of the cooler weather and spend the day walking on Mount Imlay Summit walking track.


    Admire the delicate beauty and bright colours of wildflowers, like mountain speedwell, dotted among boulders and throughout the bush.


    Head to Burrawang picnic area for a relaxing afternoon picnicking under the trees.


    Enjoy the filtered views to the coast from the summit of Mount Imlay on crystal clear winter days.

    Weather, temperature and rainfall

    Summer temperature


    14°C and 22°C

    Highest recorded


    Winter temperature


    8°C and 15°C

    Lowest recorded



    Wettest month


    Driest month


    The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day



    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.

    • If you’re bushwalking in this park, it’s a good idea to bring a topographic map and compass, or a GPS.
    • The walking opportunities in this park are suitable for experienced bushwalkers who are comfortable undertaking self-reliant hiking.

    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).



    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.

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