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Mount Kembla Ring track

Illawarra Escarpment State Conservation Area


Taking in a significant Aboriginal site, local heritage, stunning scenic rainforest and a notable landmark, the Mount Kembla Ring track offers a taste of everything.

Illawarra Escarpment State Conservation Area
5.3km loop
Time suggested
2hrs 30min - 3hrs 30min
Grade 4
Opening times

The track is always open, but it is recommended that the walk only be attempted during daylight hours.

What to
Hat, sunscreen, drinking water
Please note
  • Take care and watch for motor vehicles while walking on Cordeaux Road.
  • Remember to take your binoculars if you want to bird watch.

Mount Kembla is a significant Aboriginal site for the Wodi Wodi people, featuring in many of their creation stories. The impressive natural landmark also acts as a dramatic backdrop for the Ring track, with lush vegetation and a glimpse of local history on a terrific 5km loop.

With access to the scenic Kembla lookout (via the Summit track), there’s much to see, from native birdwatching to spectacular views of the NSW coast. So don’t forget your hiking boots.

The Ring track quickly descends from shaded slopes into cool rainforest. Cycling offers a thrilling alternative on the fire trail. Also, note the closed entrances to two early coal mines – the area is rich with fascinating Illawarra heritage.

Take a virtual tour of Mount Kembla Ring track captured with Google Street View Trekker.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info


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A family walk a boardwalk section of Bouddi coastal walk, Bouddi National Park. Photo: John Spencer/OEH.

Conservation program:

Saving our Species conservation program

Saving our Species is an innovative conservation program in NSW. This program aims to secure as many threatened species that can be secured in the wild as possible, for the next 100 years.

Mountain pygmy possum (Burramys parvus). Photo: Cate Aitken

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Mt Kembla Ring Track hero, Illawarram Escaprment State Conservation Area. Photo: John Spencer