Red Rocks trig walking track

Cambewarra Range Nature Reserve

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Overview

Red Rocks trig walking track leads to scenic views across Kangaroo Valley and Morton National Park and is a great place for a picnic and some birdwatching.

Where
Cambewarra Range Nature Reserve in South Coast
Distance
1km return
Time suggested
20 - 40min
Grade
Grade 3
What to
bring
Drinking water, hat, sunscreen
Please note
  • The weather in the area can be extreme and unpredictable, so please ensure you’re well-prepared for your visit.
  • Remember to take your binoculars if you want to go birdwatching

Red Rocks trig walking track leads you through natural heathland across a Hawkesbury sandstone plateau. For some background, trig stations are surveying points erected for the purpose of mapping. They’re positioned in places within the line of sight of other trig stations. This means that you can be guaranteed a good view when you walk to one, and this walk is just a short, easy one to Red Rocks trig for some wonderful views of the surrounding area.

From your vantage point, gaze out over Kangaroo Valley. To the north and west you’ll be looking at Morton National Park and to the north-east is Budderoo National Park. If you bring a good topographic map and it’s a clear day, you’ll be able to identify features such as Mount Skanzi, Mount Moollattoo and Mount Carrialoo. Bring along your binoculars to view these mountains, they’ll also come in handy for birdwatching.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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Local alerts

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Park info

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Red Rocks trig walking track.

Track grading

Grade 3

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

    20 - 40min

  • Quality of markings

    Clearly sign posted

  • Gradient

    Gentle hills

  • Distance

    1km return

  • Steps

    No steps

  • Quality of path

    Formed track, some obstacles

  • Experience required

    No experience required

Getting there and parking

Red Rocks trig walking track is in the Red Rocks precinct of Cambewarra Range Nature Reserve. To get there:

  • Turn off Moss Vale Road onto Leebold Hill Road
  • Follow the road for approximately 5km, then turn right onto Red Rocks trig trail.
  • Follow this for 500m to the carpark and trailhead

Road quality

Check the weather before you set out as the road to Red Rock trig walking track can become boggy when it rains.

Parking

Parking is available at the intersection of Red Rocks trig trail and a private access road. Parking is also available at the intersection of Leebold Hill Road and Red Rocks trig trail.

Best times to visit

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

Autumn

Autumn can be cool, so it's a good time for taking a drive in the park or warming up on a brisk hike up to a trig station.

Spring

This is a great season for walking, picnicking, cycling and enjoying the scenic views and wildflowers along the way.

Summer

Due to the moderate climate of this area, summer is also a great time to go hiking and cycling in the park. Find a shady place for a picnic along the way.

Winter

Lower temperatures are a great excuse for exploring the natural beauty of this area from the warmth and comfort of your car.

Weather, temperature and rainfall

Summer temperature

Average

12°C and 25.3°C

Highest recorded

38.3°C

Winter temperature

Average

1.8°C and 12.5°C

Lowest recorded

-6.4°C

Rainfall

Wettest month

June

Driest month

September

The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

333mm

Facilities

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

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 dog walking and see the pets in parks policy for more information.

Smoking

NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

Learn more

Red Rocks trig walking track is in Cambewarra Range Nature Reserve. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

A haven for threatened species

Flowers in bloom in Cambewarra Range Nature Reserve. Photo: J Devereaux

Cambewarra Range Nature Reserve was created in 2001 in an attempt to conserve the area's biodiversity, maintain its ecosystem and protect its geological features. A number of threatened species inhabit the areas that make up the reserve, such as eastern bristlebirds and brush-tailed rock wallabies. Bristlebirds have suffered habitat loss over decades due to coastal development, fire and predation by foxes. The reserve offers a safe haven for this threatened species.

  • Red Rocks trig walking track Red Rocks trig walking track leads to scenic views across Kangaroo Valley and Morton National Park and is a great place for a picnic and some birdwatching.

Expansive rainforest

Red Rocks Trig View, Cambewarra Range Nature Reserve. Photo: J Devereaux

The reserve also has one of the largest areas of subtropical rainforest remaining in the Illawarra/Shoalhaven area. These types of rainforest develop where the soil is fertile and rainfall is high. Here, you can expect to find strangler figs, palms, large vines, buttressed trunks and large epiphytes. Be sure to keep your binoculars handy for a spot of bird watching, because a myriad of beautiful birdlife call these trees home.

  • Red Rocks trig walking track Red Rocks trig walking track leads to scenic views across Kangaroo Valley and Morton National Park and is a great place for a picnic and some birdwatching.

Our traditional custodians - the Dharawal People

Views over Kangaroo Valley, Cambewarra Range Nature Reserve. Photo: J Devereaux

Cambewarra was given its name by the traditional custodians of this area - the Dharawal People. These expert hunter-fisher-gatherers lived off the land in family groups and clans along the coastal area of what is now known as Sydney Basin. Cambewarra Mountain was given a name meaning 'mountain of fire' because it was thought to have once been a volcano. Another reason for the name is that cloud usually shrouds its summit - even on a clear day there often appears to be smoke coming from the top.

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