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Mount Matheson loop

Nightcap National Park

Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Mount Matheson loop.

Track grading

Grade 3

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

    1hr 30min - 2hrs

  • Quality of markings

    Sign posted

  • Gradient

    Short steep hills

  • Distance

    3km loop

  • Steps

    Many steps

  • Quality of path

    Formed track, some obstacles

  • Experience required

    Some bushwalking experience recommended

Getting there and parking

On entering Nightcap National park, Mount Matheson loop is on the left-hand side of the road just before you reach Mount Nardi picnic area.

Parking

Parking is available at Mount Nardi carpark a short distance from the start of the track.

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

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.

Mount Matheson loop

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Park info

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

Matheson Loop Walking Track, Nightcap National Park. Photo: John Spencer