Starting from the Crystal Cascades car park at the end of Redlynch Intake Road, this return walk takes you to the Copperlode Dam Lookout and picnic area, exploring the dense, humid rainforest along the way. Expect to be dazzled by the exceptional view over Lake Morris from the scenic picnic area near the dam. There’s no sugarcoating it, the first 1.7 kilometres of this walk is quite steep, but this only makes the view at the end sweeter. The track flattens out after the said waypoint, giving you some time to catch your breath and observe the scenery around you. You can finish the hike with a swim in the Crystal Cascades nearby. The track may become muddy in parts after rainfall. Keep an ear out for wild boars. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
Turn on to McCoombe Street, 91 then drive for 2.4 km
Keep left onto Pease Street, 91 and drive for another 5.8 km
Turn left onto Redlynch Connection Road and drive for another 1.2 km
At roundabout, take exit 1 onto Redlynch Intake Road and drive for another 7.9 km
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started From the Crystal Cascades car park at the end of Redlynch Intake Road, head towards the picnic area along the dirt track as you pass by informative signposts to your left, moving directly away from the road. 165 metres in, make a perpendicular left turn at the 3-way intersection near the picnic tables to continue along Crystal Cascades to Copperlode Dam Track.....
Directions & comments
Start heading along Redlynch Intake Road.
There is a toilet (about 60 m back from the start).
Find the gate at the start.
Find the Crystal Cascades at the start.
After another 115 m pass a seat (on your right).
Turn left, to head along Crystal Cascades - Copperlode Dam Track.
After another 20 m pass the shelter (30 m on your right).
After another 2.3 km (at the intersection of Lake Morris Road & Crystal Cascades - Copperlode Dam Track) turn right, to head along Lake Morris Road (a vehicle track).
After another 450 m (at the intersection of Lake Morris Road & Bridle Creek Road) veer right, to head along Lake Morris Road.
After another 15 m turn left.
After another 110 m come to a viewpoint.
About 10 m past the end is a cafe.
About 25 m past the end is a toilet.
Turn around here and retrace the main route for 3.1 km to get back to the start.
Know the Hills, grading & facilities
Crystal Cascades to Copperlode Dam
2 h 30 min to 4 h
Quality of track
Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Very steep (4/6)
Clearly signposted (2/6)
Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (2/6)
Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather generally has little impact on safety (2/6)
Some facilities on route
Shelter: There is one 190 m from the start.
Toilet: There are 2 on route, on average they are 2.1 km apart with the largest gap of 3.1 km.