Murray Scrub walking track

Toonumbar National Park

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Overview

Murray Scrub walking track is an easy and beautiful walk through shaded rainforest, accessible from Kyogle in Northern NSW.

Where
Toonumbar National Park
Distance
5.5km loop
Time suggested
2 - 3hrs
Grade
Grade 3
What to
bring
Drinking water, hat, sunscreen
Please note
Remember to take your binoculars if you want to bird watch.

Step into cool, shady rainforest, walk through streams and under vines, and be mesmerised by the sounds of bird calls along the Murray Scrub walking track.

Surrounded by forests of Bangalow palms, huge rainforest trees with buttressing roots, enormous strangler figs and a scenic lagoon, you’ll eventually come to what many consider the highlight of the walk - an incredible stand of old growth red cedar trees towering over you.

Bushwalkers, birdwatchers, families and nature-lovers all enjoy what they see along the Murray Scrub walking track. For an extra special experience, come on a hot day after rain, when there is most wildlife activity.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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Local alerts

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General enquiries

Park info

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Murray Scrub walking track.

Track grading

Grade 3

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

    2 - 3hrs

  • Quality of markings

    Clearly sign posted

  • Gradient

    Short steep hills

  • Distance

    5.5km loop

  • Steps

    Many steps

  • Quality of path

    Formed track, some obstacles

  • Experience required

    Some bushwalking experience recommended

Getting there and parking

Get driving directions

Get directions

    Murray Scrub lookout is in Toonumbar National Park. To get there from Kyogle:

    • Leave the Summerland Way and travel west via Kyogle and Murray Scrub Road (approximately 35km)
    • Take the signposted road to Murray Scrub on the right (2.5km east of Iron Pot campground)

    Park entry points

    Road quality

    Check the weather before you set out as the road to Murray Scrub walking track can become boggy when it rains.

    Parking

    Parking is available at Iron Pot campground.

    Best times to visit

    There are lots of great things waiting for you in Toonumbar National Park. Here are some of the highlights.

    Autumn

    Take a spectacular scenic drive through the rainforest on Toonumbar Forest Drive Picnic at Sherwood lookout and soak up the spectacular views to Mount Lindesay and the McPherson Range .

    Spring

    Witness the burst of colour of new red leaf tips on giant red cedars from the soaring vantage point of the Murray Scrub lookout. Or gaze up at the glowing canopy from down below on the Murray Scrub walking track.

    Summer

    Camp at Iron Pot campground where you can drink from and swim in the pristine waters of Iron Pot Creek. On a hot summer day, enjoy a walk through the cool, shady rainforest at Murray Scrub walking track. .

    Winter

    Watch mist rise from the rainforest valleys below from Murray Scrub lookout.

    Weather, temperature and rainfall

    Summer temperature

    Average

    15°C and 30°C

    Rainfall

    Wettest month

    February

    Driest month

    August

    The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

    210mm

    Facilities

    You'll need to bring your own drinking water supply.

    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).

    Prohibited

    Pets

    Pets and domestic animals (other than certified assistance animals) are not permitted. Find out which regional parks allow dogs and see the pets in parks policy for more information.

    Smoking

    NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

    Learn more

    Murray Scrub walking track is in Toonumbar National Park. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

    Living Aboriginal history

    Murray Scrub walking track, Toonumbar National Park. Photo: J Atkins

    Immerse yourself in Toonumbar National Park’s rich Aboriginal history. The park is part of the historic Githabul Nation native title claim. The area is traditional country of the Githabul People and almost wherever you look from the Murray Scrub and Sherwood lookout, these places are of deep, ongoing cultural significance. The forests and landscapes of the park are as physically rich as they are culturally; food, medicine, tools, weapons and shelter were derived from the land for thousands of years.

    Nature’s own twitter

    Sherwood Lookout, Toonumbar National Park. Photo: Hamilton Lund

    At any time, the peaceful rainforest can erupt in an incredible chorus of song – rare bird species such as sooty owls, white-eared monarchs and the Wompoo fruit-dove, all enjoy tweeting along to their favourite tune. The performance is not only great for birdwatchers to get a closer look at the wonderful birdlife, but also a soothing experience for all nature-lovers. Just don’t forget your binoculars.

    • Murray Scrub walking track Murray Scrub walking track is an easy and beautiful walk through shaded rainforest, accessible from Kyogle in Northern NSW.
    • Sherwood lookout Pack a picnic and spend some time at Sherwood lookout at Toonumbar National Park, Sherwood Ranges, with scenic views of an old volcano.

    Rocks of ages

    Mountains of Toonumbah National Park. Photo: Robert Ashdown

    Twenty-three million years ago, Toonumbar National Park was alive with volcanic activity. Now, the dormant, eroded volcano is the bedrock of a landscape that’s one of the most spectacular parks in New South Wales. The peaks of Dome Mountain (915m), Glassy Mountain (920m) and Edinburgh Castle (893m) are eroded remains from the Focal Peak shield volcano, the same one active 23 million years ago. Incredible views, extraordinary habitats and beautiful rock formations are its legacy.

    • Murray Scrub lookout For easily-accessible scenic views of World Heritage-listed landscape in the Northern Rivers, the Murray Scrub lookout is not to be missed.
    • Murray Scrub walking track Murray Scrub walking track is an easy and beautiful walk through shaded rainforest, accessible from Kyogle in Northern NSW.

    Wild-a-rama

    Murray Scrub walking track, Toonumbar National Park. Photo: Robert Ashdown

    Camping is a great way to take advantage of one of Toonumbar National Park’s most fantastic assets – its wildlife. The diverse plant life at this park makes it an ideal place for an equally diverse range of animals. You’ll find some super rare species here, such as spot-tailed quoll and red-legged pademelon. Other interesting species you might encounter are yellow-bellied gliders, koalas, small-eyed snakes and carpet pythons.

    • Murray Scrub walking track Murray Scrub walking track is an easy and beautiful walk through shaded rainforest, accessible from Kyogle in Northern NSW.

    World Heritage-listed rainforest

    Ironpot Creek, Toonumbar National Park. Photo: Robert Ashdown

    The rainforests of Murray Scrub and Dome Mountain of Toonumbar National Park are part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area. With this incredible abundance of rainforests, your senses certainly won’t be short of things to take in. Keep your camera in hand and explore the vast rainforests along hiking trails. You’ll find white booyong, Bangalow palms, birds nest and staghorn ferns and rare rainforest vines in these forests. There’s also old growth forests of tallowwood and flooded gum.

    • Murray Scrub lookout For easily-accessible scenic views of World Heritage-listed landscape in the Northern Rivers, the Murray Scrub lookout is not to be missed.

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