Pieries Peak walking track
Mount Royal National Park
Pieries Peak walking track allows visitors to hike from Youngville campground to a scenic lookout across the Hunter Valley and Lake Saint Clair.
- Mount Royal National Park in North Coast, Country NSW
- 3km return
- Time suggested
- 1hr 30min - 2hrs 30min
- Grade 4
- Trip Intention Form
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- What to
- Drinking water, hat, sunscreen
- Please note
- The weather in this area can be extreme and unpredictable, so please ensure you’re well-prepared for your visit.
Pieries Peak walking track is a short climb from Youngville campground to the peak. The track follows a narrow and rocky ridge with steep sides. It’s not for the faint hearted. Make sure you take some treats to celebrate when you reach the peak. Pause to enjoy the scenic views across the Hunter Valley.
Keep an eye out for wedge-tailed eagles soaring above. See if you can spot seasonal visitors like dollar birds and channel-billed cuckoos. You could also encounter brush turkeys, superb lyrebirds, honeyeaters and flycatchers around the track.
Rug up in winter. When the westerly winds blow, the peak can be extremely cold.
For the latest updates on fires, closures and other alerts in this area, see https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/walking-tracks/pieries-peak-walking-track/local-alerts
- National Parks Contact Centre
- 7am to 7pm daily
- 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS) for the cost of a local call within Australia excluding mobiles
- in Mount Royal National Park in the North Coast and Country NSW regions
Mount Royal National Park is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.
All the practical information you need to know about Pieries Peak walking track.
Grade 4Learn more about the grading system Features of this track
1hr 30min - 2hrs 30min
Quality of markings
Short steep hills
Quality of path
Rough track, many obstacles
Some bushwalking experience recommended
Getting there and parking
On entering Mount Royal National Park:
- Continue along Mount Royal Road until you reach Youngville campground
- The trackhead can be found at the back of the campground
Parking is available at Youngville campground.
Best times to visit
There are lots of great things waiting for you in Mount Royal National Park. Here are some of the highlights.
This is the best time of year to tackle the hike to Pieries Peak for spectacular scenic views of the area.
Enjoy a shady barbecue at Youngville picnic area.
Orchids are in flower at this time of year, so take a walk to Carrow Brook to enjoy them.
Weather, temperature and rainfall
17°C and 30°C
7°C and 17°C
The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day
Drinking water is not available in this area, so it's a good idea to bring your own.
Maps and downloads
Pieries Peak walking track is in Mount Royal National Park. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:
An important cultural place
The area now covered by Mount Royal National Park, Barrington Tops National Park and Barrington Tops State Conservation Area is the traditional land of the Biripi, Worimi, Geawegal, Wonaruah and Ungooroo People. Although these people were dispossessed of their land after European settlement of New South Wales, they continue to have a deep attachment to the country and an active interest in its management. This place contains important foods, medicinal plants, animal species and sacred sites.
The rich diversity of vegetation offers habitat for a wide range of birds and animals, many of which are rare and threatened. These include: the endangered hastings river mouse; the threatened parma wallaby (described by British naturalist John Gould way back in 1840 as 'shy' and 'cryptic'; and the vulnerable spotted-tailed quoll, which is the largest marsupial carnivore on mainland Australia. The old growth forest is also habitat for four large forest owls - masked, barking, powerful and sooty - all of which are threatened species. Mount Royal National Park has a variety of forest types and vegetation communities, ranging from shrubland to tall open forest and wet eucalypt forest. The most dominant form of vegetation is mid-altitude grassy forest with plentiful stands of New England blackbutt, Sydney blue gum and grey gum.
- Carrow Brook walking track Carrow Brook walking track is a remote walk into the valleys of Mount Royal National Park, near Singleton. A challenging loop hike, it’s best suited to fit, experienced bushwalkers.
Same as always
Mount Royal National Park is listed as part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia. Formerly known as the Central Eastern Rainforest Reserves, these include the most extensive areas of subtropical rainforest in the world, large areas of warm temperate rainforests and nearly all of the Antarctic beech cool temperate rainforest. Few places on earth contain so many plants and animals that remain relatively unchanged from their ancestors in fossil records.
The changing face
After government surveyors explored this area in the very early 1800s, the land soon became mined for gold, logged for its timber and used to graze lifestock. Small settlements established themselves on the plateau, mainly due to these agricultural opportunities. From the early 1900s, however, the area became increasingly popular for recreation and for scientific expeditions.