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Summit walking track

Mount Hyland Nature Reserve

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Visitor info

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

Track grading

Features of this track


3km loop


1 - 2hrs

Quality of markings

Limited signage

Experience required

No experience required


Short steep hills


No steps

Quality of path

Rough track, many obstacles

Getting there and parking

Summit walking track starts at Mount Hyland picnic area within Mount Hyland Nature Reserve. To get there:

Via Dundurrabin

  • Turn off Armidale/Grafton Road at Dundurrabin
  • Proceed along Sheepstation Road for 6.3km
  • Turn left onto Chaelundi Road and proceed for 11.3km
  • Turn left onto Hardens Road and proceed for 5km
  • Turn left at the sign for Mount Hyland picnic area and proceed for 1km

Via Hernani

  • Turn off Armidale/Grafton Road at Hernani onto Marengo Road
  • Proceed along Marengo Road for 11.4km
  • Turn right onto Hardens Road and proceed for 7km
  • Turn right at the sign for Mount Hyland picnic area and drive for 1km

Road quality

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


Parking is available at Mount Hyland picnic area, which is at the start of Summit walking track.

Best times to visit

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


Walk to the top of the summit for spectacular views across world-class wilderness.


Take the binoculars for some excellent birdwatching as spring heralds the nesting season.


Escape the summer heat with a refreshing walk through temperate rainforest.


The crisp mornings are a great time for taking in the majestic views across the mountain ranges from the lookouts.

Weather, temperature and rainfall

Summer temperature


13.8°C and 24°C

Highest recorded


Winter temperature


4.4°C and 16°C

Lowest recorded



Wettest month


Driest month


The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day



You’re encouraged to bring gas or fuel stoves, especially in summer during the fire season.

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.

This reserve is in a remote location, so please ensure you’re well-prepared, bring appropriate clothing and equipment and advise a family member or friend of your travel plans.

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).



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.


NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

Summit walking track

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