Cooleman 66

2 days to 4 days

66 km
circuit

↑ 1421 m
↓ -1420 m

Hard track
Starting from Magpie Flat Campground, Cooleman, this walk takes you on a circuit, visiting a number of historical viewpoints, pools and caves along the way. You can divide this walk into sections and stay the night in one of the campsites that it passes through. It is possible to visit the Cooleman caves and to do some observations as some of them are open to the public. Swimming is also a highlight. The pools scattered around will help you refresh and get back on track (literally). 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.
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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
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.
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Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start (-35.6214822,148.6805142)
Mode Car
DirectionsFrom Tuggeranong Parkway, Kambah.
  • Turn on to Drakeford Drive then drive for 2 km
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Drakeford Drive and drive for another 700 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Tharwa Drive and drive for another 950 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Tharwa Drive and drive for another 540 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Tharwa Drive and drive for another 890 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Tharwa Drive and drive for another 1 km
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Tharwa Drive and drive for another 5 km
  • Turn slight left onto Naas Road and drive for another 54.9 km
  • Turn left onto Bobeyan Road and drive for another 940 m
  • Keep right onto Bobeyan Road and drive for another 22.3 km
  • Turn right onto Snowy Mountains Highway, B72 and drive for another 57.2 km
  • Turn right onto Long Plain Road and drive for another 17.2 km
  • Turn right onto Blue Waterholes Fire Trail and drive for another 7.7 km
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Turn map Directions & comments
Start heading along Blue Waterholes Fire Trail.
After 400 m pass the toilet (20 m on your right).
Continue straight.
After another 205 m pass the cave (65 m on your left).
Turn right.
After another 245 m pass the "Blue Waterholes Cave" (30 m on your left).
Then come to the viewpoint (10 m on your left).
After another 8 m continue straight.
After another 30 m turn left.
After another 120 m turn left, to head along Blue Waterholes Trail.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. An optional side trip to Cooleman Cave if you're feeling like caving. Cooleman and Right Cooleman caves are accessible to the public, although you should have a sturdy (and preferably waterproof) light source if you want to go in. To start this optional side trip veer right here. On returning from this side trip turn sharp left when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 170 m (at the intersection of Blue Waterholes Trail & Nichols Gorge Walk) continue straight, to head along Blue Waterholes Trail.
After another 2.7 km cross the ford.
After another 55 m (at the intersection of Blue Waterholes Trail & Mosquito Creek Fire Trail) continue straight, to head along Blue Waterholes Trail.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. An optional side trip taking you to Pockets Hut. You can camp in the open area around it, and the toilet nearby can be handy at night. To start this optional side trip turn left here. On returning from this side trip veer left when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 4 km (at the intersection of Blue Waterholes Trail & Pockets Hut Access) veer right, to head along Blue Waterholes Trail.
After another 900 m (at the intersection of Blue Waterholes Trail & Leura Gap Trail) continue straight, to head along Blue Waterholes Trail.
After another 850 m veer left.
After another 660 m continue straight, to head along Leura Gap Firetrail.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. An optional side trip taking you to Oldfields Hut, where you can camp outside and use the toilet nearby. To start this optional side trip turn around here. On returning from this side trip continue straight when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 4.7 km (at the intersection of Murray Gap Trail & Leura Gap Firetrail) continue straight, to head along Murray Gap Trail.
After another 1.1 km head through/around the gate.
After another 155 m (at the intersection of Pocket Saddle Road & Murray Gap Trail) turn sharp left, to head along Pocket Saddle Road.
After another 1.5 km head through/around the gate.
After another 430 m turn sharp left.
After another 740 m come to the "Old Camp" (30 m on your right).
After another 55 m turn right, to head along Bicentennial National Trail.
After another 2.5 km (at the intersection of Pocket Saddle Road & Bicentennial National Trail) continue straight, to head along Pocket Saddle Road (a vehicle track).
After another 740 m (at the intersection of Pocket Saddle Road & Murrumbidgee National Trail - Bicentennial National Trail) continue straight, to head along Pocket Saddle Road.
After another 1.6 km continue straight, to head along Pocket Saddle Road.
After another 25 m pass the summit (25 m on your left).
After another 1.6 km (at the intersection of Port Phillip Trail & Pocket Saddle Road) turn sharp right, to head along Port Phillip Trail (a vehicle track).
After another 1.3 km (at the intersection of Port Phillip Trail & Tantangara East Trail) continue straight, to head along Port Phillip Trail.
After another 980 m continue straight, to head along Port Phillip Trail.
After another 510 m pass the "Day Parking" (40 m on your right).
After another 50 m pass the toilet (30 m on your right).
Turn left, to head along Port Phillip Trail.
After another 3.1 km cross the ford.
After another 910 m continue straight, to head along Port Phillip Trail.
After another 920 m (at the intersection of Port Phillip Trail & Dam Trail) continue straight, to head along Port Phillip Trail.
After another 3.2 km cross the ford.
After another 230 m cross the ford.
After another 3.1 km pass the toilet (65 m on your left).
Then come to the "Ghost Gully Camping Ground" (25 m on your left).
This is a free campsite.
After another 110 m pass the toilet (30 m on your right).
At the intersection of Port Phillip Trail & Mosquito Creek Trail continue straight, to head along Port Phillip Trail.
After another 2 km continue straight, to head along Port Phillip Trail.
After another 2 km cross the bridge (about 25 m long)
After another 260 m continue straight, to head along Port Phillip Trail.
After another 140 m (at the intersection of Long Plain Road & Port Phillip Trail) turn right, to head along Long Plain Road (a vehicle track).
After another 45 m (at the intersection of Long Plain Road & Long Plain Hut Access) continue straight, to head along Long Plain Road.
After another 6.8 km (at the intersection of Long Plain Road & Spicers Creek Firetrail) continue straight, to head along Long Plain Road.
After another 2.3 km cross the bridge (about 50 m long)
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. An optional side trip to the historic Cooinbil Homestead, which was originally built in 1866. There is also a campsite that might be busy. To start this optional side trip turn right here. On returning from this side trip turn right when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 890 m (at the intersection of Long Plain Road & Coonibil Road) continue straight, to head along Long Plain Road.
After another 4 km (at the intersection of Blue Waterholes Fire Trail & Long Plain Road) turn right, to head along Blue Waterholes Fire Trail (a vehicle track).
After another 2.6 km come to the "Cooleman Mountain Camp Site" (25 m on your right).
This is a free campsite.
After another 5 m pass the toilet (7 m on your left).
After another 1.1 km (at the intersection of Blue Waterholes Fire Trail & Harris Hut Trail) continue straight, to head along Blue Waterholes Fire Trail.
After another 1.1 km cross the ford.
After another 640 m pass the car park (9 m on your left).
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. An optional side trip to the historic Coolamine Homestead, where you can go back in time and see what life was like in the early 1900s. To start this optional side trip veer left here. On returning from this side trip turn left when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
Continue straight, to head along Blue Waterholes Fire Trail.
After another 2.3 km pass the toilet (20 m on your right).
After another 7 m come to the end.

An optional side trip to the historic Coolamine Homestead, where you can go back in time and see what life was like in the early 1900s.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After 80 m pass the toilet (45 m on your left).
Continue straight.
After another 50 m head through/around the gate.
About 30 m past the end is "Stockyards".
About 65 m past the end is "The Cheese Hut".
About 65 m past the end is "The Cheese Hut".
The end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 120 m to the main route.

An optional side trip to Cooleman Cave if you're feeling like caving. Cooleman and Right Cooleman caves are accessible to the public, although you should have a sturdy (and preferably waterproof) light source if you want to go in.
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Nichols Gorge Walk & Blue Waterholes Trail Start heading along Nichols Gorge Walk (a walking track).
Find the ford at the start.
After another 40 m pass the "Right Cooleman Cave" (40 m on your right).
After another 255 m come to "Cooleman Cave".
The end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 325 m to the main route.

An optional side trip taking you to Pockets Hut. You can camp in the open area around it, and the toilet nearby can be handy at night.
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Pockets Hut Access & Blue Waterholes Trail Start heading along Pockets Hut Access (a vehicle track).
After another 650 m come to "Pockets Hut".
About 70 m past the end is a toilet.
The end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 650 m to the main route.

An optional side trip taking you to Oldfields Hut, where you can camp outside and use the toilet nearby.
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Murray Gap Trail & Leura Gap Firetrail Start heading along Murray Gap Trail (a vehicle track).
After another 790 m turn sharp left.
About 40 m past the end is a toilet.
About 10 m past the end is "Oldfields Hut".
About 15 m past the end is a water tap.
The end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 810 m to the main route.

An optional side trip to the historic Cooinbil Homestead, which was originally built in 1866. There is also a campsite that might be busy.
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Coonibil Road & Long Plain Road Start heading along Coonibil Road (a vehicle track).
After another 1.1 km continue straight, to head along Coonibil Road.
After another 40 m come to a toilet.
"Cooinbil Homestead".
The end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 1.1 km to the main route.
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Terrain
Know the Hills, grading & facilities

Cooleman 66


Grading
Class 4/6
Hard track
Length 66 km
Time 2 days to 4 days
Quality of track Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)
Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Signage Minimal directional signs (4/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
Experience Required Moderate level of bushwalking experience recommended (4/6)
Weather Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)

Some facilities on route
Camp site: There are 3 on route, on average they are 16.5 km apart with the largest gap of 21.2 km.

Hut: There are 3 on route, on average they are 17.8 km apart with the largest gap of 41.3 km.

Shelter: There is one 63.7 km (plus an extra 135 m along side route) from the start.

Toilet: There are 10 on route, on average they are 6.5 km apart with the largest gap of 15.7 km.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Toilet
400 m[toilet]
Hut
7.9 km + 690 mPockets Hut
Toilet
7.9 km + 690 m[toilet]
Toilet
15.1 km + 820 m[toilet]
Hut
15.1 km + 830 mOldfields Hut
Camp site
19 kmOld Camp
Toilet
28.3 km[toilet]
Camp site
39.7 kmGhost Gully Camping Ground
Toilet
39.8 km[toilet]
Toilet
39.8 km[toilet]
Toilet
54.4 km + 1.1 km[toilet]
Hut
54.4 km + 1.1 kmCooinbil Homestead
Camp site
60.9 kmCooleman Mountain Camp Site
Toilet
60.9 km[toilet]
Toilet
63.7 km + 80 m[toilet]
Shelter
63.7 km + 135 mThe Cheese Hut
Toilet
66 km[toilet]
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