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.
- 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.
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- in Illawarra Escarpment State Conservation Area in the South Coast region
Illawarra Escarpment State Conservation Area is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger. However, it is recommended that bushwalking only be undertaken during daylight hours because of the presence of cliff edges and other hazards.