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Mount Matheson loop

Nightcap National Park

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Starting at Mount Nardi picnic area, the Mount Matheson loop takes you on a short walk through rainforest. You can combine this hike with other tracks for a longer day walk.

3km loop
Time suggested
1hr 30min - 2hrs
Grade 3
What to
Hat, drinking water, sunscreen

Experience the variety of the unique landscape along the Mount Matheson loop. On this short walking track you’ll hike through the lush rainforest that encircles Mount Matheson, before reaching the dramatic cliff edges that feature eucalypt forests. It’s not a long walk but some might find it challenging, so you’ll need to be reasonably fit, and remember to bring plenty of water.

The walk starts and ends at Mount Nardi picnic area, a small grassy area with a couple of barbecues and a picnic table.

You may want to use this loop walk to reach the Pholis Gap or historic Nightcap walking tracks. Pholis Gap is a good option to extend the loop into a day walk, and you can take the Nightcap track if you’d like to do some overnight walking and bush camping.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info


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  • in Nightcap National Park in the North Coast region
  • Nightcap National Park is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather, fire danger or management operations.

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