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Summit walking track

Mount Hyland Nature Reserve

Visitor info

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

Track grading

Grade 4

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

    1 - 2hrs

  • Quality of markings

    Limited signage

  • Gradient

    Short steep hills

  • Distance

    3km loop

  • Steps

    No steps

  • Quality of path

    Rough track, many obstacles

  • Experience required

    No experience required

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

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.

Autumn

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

Spring

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

Summer

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

Winter

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

Average

13.8°C and 24°C

Highest recorded

35°C

Winter temperature

Average

4.4°C and 16°C

Lowest recorded

-8.9°C

Rainfall

Wettest month

January

Driest month

August

The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

254.8mm

Facilities

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 + 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.

Summit walking track

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Summit walking track, Mount Hyland Nature Reserve. Photo: H Clark