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Ms Kellys walking track

Brimbin Nature Reserve

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Ms Kellys walking track.

Track grading

Features of this track

Distance

1.5km loop

Time

45min - 1hr 15min

Quality of markings

Clearly sign posted

Experience required

No experience required

Steps

No steps

Gradient

Gentle hills: The track has gentle hills and can be undulating in parts.

Quality of path

Formed track, some obstacles: The track is hard-packed ground and around 1m wide. There are points where the track narrows.

Other barriers

Other barriers: You can reach the Dawson River pontoon from the walking track. There's a ramp at the pontoon, but it's made to fall rise and fall with the river level and be quite steep.

There's a wooden walkway to the pontoon with handrails, but no further handrails once you reach the pontoon. The pontoon can be slippery when wet.

Getting there and parking

On entering Brimbin Nature Reserve, follow the signs to the walking track from the carpark.

Parking

There's a gravel carpark with 2 accessible parking spaces at Brimbin picnic area where this walk begins. It can be a busy place on the weekend, so parking may be limited.

Best times to visit

There are lots of great things waiting for you in Brimbin Nature Reserve. Here are some of the highlights.

Winter

Keep a close eye out for the flowering fairy light (or helmet) orchid in the forest leaf litter. It's a sparkling white flower with pinkish edges that grows on a short stem.

Weather, temperature and rainfall

Summer temperature

Average

17.2°C and 28.6°C

Highest recorded

45.2°C

Winter temperature

Average

6.5°C and 19.1°C

Lowest recorded

-5°C

Rainfall

Wettest month

March

Driest month

September

The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

280.2mm

Facilities

Drinking water is limited or not available in this area, so it’s a good idea to bring your own.

There are accessible toilets, barbecues and picnic tables at Brimbin picnic area, where this walk begins.

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 Plus 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).

River and lake safety

The aquatic environment around rivers, lakes and lagoons can be unpredictable. If you're visiting these areas, take note of these river and lake safety tips.

Accessibility

Disability access level - hard

  • The walking track is 1m wide and hard-packed ground along its length.
  • There are no steps along the track, but there are points where it narrows and it can be rough and undulating.
  • Access to Dawson River pontoon (near the start of the walk) is via a ramp that rises and falls with the river and can be steep. There no handrails on this ramp and it can be slippery when wet.

Permitted

Fishing

A current NSW recreational fishing licence is required when fishing in all waters.

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.

Ms Kellys walking track

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Park info

  • in Brimbin Nature Reserve in the North Coast region
  • Brimbin Nature Reserve is always open but may have to close at times due to flood events, poor weather or fire danger.