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Shepherds Gully circuit

Yengo National Park

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Step back in time on Shepherds Gully circuit. A short loop, it's ideal for bushwalkers looking for a quick adventure in Yengo National Park.

No wheelchair access
3.1km loop
Time suggested
1 - 2hrs
Grade 4
What to
Drinking water, sturdy shoes, hat, raincoat, suitable clothing, clothes for all weather conditions, sunscreen, snacks, first aid kit

Combining two trails, Shepherds Gully Road and Sternbecks Line, Shepherds Gully circuit offers a gentle loop walk through scenic rainforest. Following historic roads dating from as far back as 1841, you'll have the opportunity to see original sandstone work, retaining walls and the remnants of a bridge.

Starting from Shepherds Gully Road you'll enter the rainforest of Yengo National Park and begin a gradual climb, following a creek. You'll then reach an intersection, with Sternbecks Line branching off as a new trail. From here you can head straight onto Sternbecks Line, or keep following Shepherds Gully Road and join Sternbecks Line at the other end, completing the loop in either direction.

As you walk enjoy the sights and sounds of nature, including striking water gums, grey gums, lilly pillies and grass trees. And keep an eye out for the interpretation signs along the trail that provide a window into the stories and backgrounds of these historic roads.

As a short walk, Shepherds Gully circuit is a great option for families looking for a quick outing. It's also an ideal side track for cyclists, though mountain bikes can only be ridden on Shepherds Gully Road.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info


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  • in Yengo National Park in the Sydney and surrounds and North Coast regions
  • Yengo National Park is always open, but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

    The Big Yango precinct of the park is within locked gates and requires a permit to enter.

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