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Tops to Myall Heritage Trail

Postby Lotsafreshair » Fri 29 Dec, 2017 8:29 am

I walked the first half of this trail in 2009, (starting at Pol Blue instead of Corker) to Bucketts Way and am thinking about doing the 2nd half, Craven to Hawks Nest Surf Club. I understand that the track is unmanaged and has been for a long time, so I'm going to chat with Parks / Land Mgrs etc blah blah blah, but does anyone have any first hand experience of this section in the last 5 years?
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Re: Tops to Myall Heritage Trail

Postby Rileyr » Fri 29 Dec, 2017 4:19 pm

I heard that there is a guy who is affiliated with (i think) the Hawks Nest surf life saving club that knows about the trail. Might be worth trying them. Thats all I know sorry

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Re: Tops to Myall Heritage Trail

Postby awildland » Fri 12 Jan, 2018 7:29 pm

I have the original trail booklet at work and can scan and send it to you if you want. Have driven sections of the walk from Craven across towards Buladelah (through The Glen Nature Reserve) last year. Will have a look at the original trail route tomorrow and let you know if I can be more precise.
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Re: Tops to Myall Heritage Trail

Postby tyggriffic » Wed 17 Jan, 2018 1:39 pm

I've been researching this walk myself. Both forestry and np have informed me they are unsure of the track as it is not managed by either forestry nsw or npws anymore. We were planning a walk/camp in wang wauk soon so will see what that section of the track is like. I have a feeling there was a section through private property as well that led to the track not being managed, unsure wether this was resolved. I have some old maps of the barrington side that show the walk, will see if i can find anymore. ( tthis is why i LOVE old maps)
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Re: Tops to Myall Heritage Trail

Postby rcaffin » Wed 17 Jan, 2018 9:11 pm

The book 'Tops to Myall's Heritage Trail' is ISBN 0 959 0026 3 4. Printed by Norman Morriss Printers. Originally available from Lions Club of Tea Gardens, c/o PO, Tea Gardens 2324
Possibly available from Envirobooks, TWS, NPWs, Local go't Tourist offices, esp Tea Gardens.
The walk was opened 20/Sep/1993 by Chris Hartcher, MP et al. One assumes 'they' subsequently lost interest in it, once they had had their photo op.
At the least, State Library should have a copy.

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Re: Tops to Myall Heritage Trail

Postby Warin » Thu 18 Jan, 2018 6:05 am

rcaffin wrote:The book 'Tops to Myall's Heritage Trail' is ISBN 0 959 0026 3 4.
At the least, State Library should have a copy.


Trove (as in treasure trove) is the source of where a book is kept in Australian libraries.
https://trove.nla.gov.au/work/24157132? ... d=29195686

This book is at 6 libraries.
National Library of Australia.
Newcastle Region Library.
Northern Beaches Library Service. Dee Why Library.
State Library of NSW.
State Library Victoria.
Tenterfield Public Library.

You may find your local council library can do an inter-library loan.
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Re: Tops to Myall Heritage Trail

Postby tyggriffic » Thu 18 Jan, 2018 4:00 pm

I know shorty's camp is well overgrown and can't really be used without doing some pretty decent clearing, (http://www.john.chapman.name/nsw-tops.html) this was one of the better online sources i found, yet still states best to refer to that book, which any info is going to be considerably out of date. There is an alternative to shorty's camp slightly further W as you come through Wang Wauk SF that i have found, but as it's state forest, camping is permitted anywhere you choose anyway. Both forestry and NPWS couldnt give me any more information other than it is not maintained and "pretty sure it's overgrown in some sections".
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Re: Tops to Myall Heritage Trail

Postby kjbeath » Thu 18 Jan, 2018 6:27 pm

rcaffin wrote:The book 'Tops to Myall's Heritage Trail' is ISBN 0 959 0026 3 4. Printed by Norman Morriss Printers. Originally available from Lions Club of Tea Gardens, c/o PO, Tea Gardens 2324
Possibly available from Envirobooks, TWS, NPWs, Local go't Tourist offices, esp Tea Gardens.
The walk was opened 20/Sep/1993 by Chris Hartcher, MP et al. One assumes 'they' subsequently lost interest in it, once they had had their photo op.
At the least, State Library should have a copy.


I have a copy for anyone interested.

The main person pushing the walk was Hans Pacy, so when he died there was less motivation. There may be problems with change in land ownership, and I remember a problem due to the building of a high speed 2 lanes each way highway across the track. The NPA did run trips using vehicles for moving packs for a few years.
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Re: Tops to Myall Heritage Trail

Postby Dougy_101 » Sat 10 Mar, 2018 11:31 pm

thanks for all the info. Might keep this in mind after I have had a look at the book.
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Re: Tops to Myall Heritage Trail

Postby Ms_Mudd » Sun 17 Jun, 2018 11:07 am

I walked the Mungo Walking Track (well from Pipers Creek to Brambles Green and back anyway) this past week and saw the Tops to Myall trail markers along the way- piqued my interest in this trail again.
I have walked the first three tracks/suggested camp spots for the Tops to Myall Heritage Trail many, many times as they are in my 'hood, and now have walked this last section at the opposite end. Has anyone who was posting their questions here given it a crack at all or done any recon missions since posting?

Seems such a shame that the interest in the route diminished with the passing of it's driving force. I think in Winter particularly it would be pretty amazing to start out in the snow, looking at the beach in the distance from Carey's Peak (a short detour of the Tops to Myall route) and then to walk yourself physically to the ocean.
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Re: Tops to Myall Heritage Trail

Postby Neo » Sun 17 Jun, 2018 6:14 pm

Give it a whirl/walk.
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Re: Tops to Myall Heritage Trail

Postby Ms_Mudd » Mon 18 Jun, 2018 2:46 pm

Neo wrote:Give it a whirl/walk.

Thanks Neo, I needed a bit of a prompt, rather than taking the easy way out an capitalising on others' efforts . I should just aim to walk on from the sections I know well and just turn back when/if I can't press on.
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Re: Tops to Myall Heritage Trail

Postby kanangra » Mon 18 Jun, 2018 3:52 pm

I'm pretty sure I have the book at home. It was more of a pamphlet.

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Re: Tops to Myall Heritage Trail

Postby Ms_Mudd » Tue 26 Jun, 2018 9:35 pm

Kanangra, did you happen to have the pamphlet after all? Will PM you

Edited to add: I just found that you are able to order a PDF copy of the 48 page guide from the National Library service, Copies Direct. I have just requested it and the total was $16.50.
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Re: Tops to Myall Heritage Trail

Postby LachlanB » Tue 26 Jun, 2018 10:58 pm

I've got a copy of the pamphlet- picked it up at the Canberra Lifeline Booksale of all places. Was there something you were looking for in it?
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Re: Tops to Myall Heritage Trail

Postby Ms_Mudd » Wed 27 Jun, 2018 12:20 pm

That is a funny place to find it- I wonder if it could have been left there by the author of this blog who walked it in 2006 who resides in Canberra? It seems from reading her account of the walk she probably would have liked to light her copy on fire and leave it on the door step of the Lions Club who were involved in it's publication :lol:
http://shewhohesitatesislost.blogspot.c ... trail.html

Back to your question though :wink: I just wanted a copy to utilise along with the relevant topos to see if I can walk it as far as possible on each end or work out some reasonable alternatives for the sections that are overgrown and/or on private property
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Re: Tops to Myall Heritage Trail

Postby Ms_Mudd » Thu 26 Jul, 2018 6:59 pm

I have now ticked off the first three days and the final two days of the Tops to Myall Heritage Trail- overnighted on the Hawks Nest end last night, cracking good weather. The middle section is quite the head scratcher with changes of land ownership/useage and further on the Pacific Hwy cutting right across- I can't quite yet work out a solid plan, but when the weather warms up, will head out and resume the magical mystery tour.
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Re: Tops to Myall Heritage Trail

Postby Meredith Quinlan » Tue 18 Dec, 2018 12:02 pm

Hi Everyone,

Have you seen this website yet? So the test walker has followed the Myall to tops apparently, and you can check it out on the GPX file they provide.
http://federationtrack.com.au/track/north/#prettyPhoto
I have ordered the PDF of the pamphlet so will see how they cross check.

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