Muirs Rainforest Circuit Walk

1 h 15 min to 1 h 45 min

1.6 km
circuit

↑ 106 m
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Hard track
This walk spends time ambling through beautiful rainforest and is an excellent choice on a hot day. This walk descends into rainforest on a narrow track, with the track becoming indistinct midway through the walk. A recommended walk through attractive forest. 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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Muirs Lookout near Cooranbong. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Start to Muirs Walking Track near Cooranbong. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Start to Muirs Walking Track near Cooranbong. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Sign at Muirs Lookout near cooranbong. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Looking up to Muirs Mookout car park near Cooranbong. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Track near Muirs Lookout. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Muirs Lookout car park in the distance. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Track near Muirs Lookout Cooranbong. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Track and forest near Muirs Lookout. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Muirs Lookout track near Cooranbong. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Muirs Lookout track near Cooranbong. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Forest and track near Muirs Lookout. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Forest and track near Muirs Lookout. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Walking trail sign near Muirs Lookout Cooranbong. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Track and bush near Muirs Lookout. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Cut tree trunk near Muirs Lookout. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Moist rainforest and track near Muirs Lookout. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Moist rainforest and track near Muirs Lookout. | Photo by admin, 2010.
No. 16 timber post in rainforest near Muirs Lookout. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Ferns and forest near Muirs Lookout. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Lush rainforest near Muirs Lookout. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Rainforest with large tree trunks near Muir Lookout in the Watagans. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Large ferns close to Muirs Lookout in the Watagans. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Timber post and track close to Muirs Lookout in the Watagans. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Timber post and railing close to Muirs Lookout near Muirs Lookout. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Timber post and railing close to Muirs Lookout near Muirs Lookout. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Moist rainforest near Muirs Lookout in the Watagans. | Photo by admin, 2010.
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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 (-33.0995602,151.379827)
Mode Car (There is free parking available.)
DirectionsFrom Mandalong Road, B53, Morisset.
  • Turn on to Mandalong Road, B53 then drive for 570 m
  • Keep left onto Mandalong Road, B53 and drive for another 1.8 km
  • Turn right onto Deaves Road and drive for another 3.8 km
  • Turn left onto Freemans Drive and drive for another 970 m
  • Turn left onto Martinsville Road and drive for another 4.5 km
  • Turn left onto Watagan Road and drive for another 7.1 km
  • Turn sharp left onto Watagan Forest Road and drive for another 940 m
  • Turn left onto Prickly Ridge Road and drive for another 2.7 km
  • Keep right and drive for another 125 m
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From Muirs Lookout and car park, this walk follows the track moderately steeply downhill, passing a 'Muirs Lookout Walking Track' sign(on your left) and walking between timber posts. Then this walk continues to follow the track through blackbutt and bluegum forest for about 800m, until coming to a No.16 timber post and moist rainforest gully.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start heading along Muirs Lookout Walking Track.
Find the Muirs Lookout at the start.
Muirs Lookout
Muirs Lookout

Muirs Lookout on Prickly Ridge Road, in the Jilliby State Conservation Area, offers scenic views from Lake Macquarie to Tuggerah Lakes. The picnic area is supplied with fireplaces, firewood, picnic tables, toilets and water (treat water before use - water maybe unavailable). The lookout is surrounded by blackbutt and bluegum trees.
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Muirs Lookout on Prickly Ridge Road, in the Jilliby State Conservation Area, offers scenic views from Lake Macquarie to Tuggerah Lakes. The picnic area is supplied with fireplaces, firewood, picnic tables, toilets and water (treat water before use - water maybe unavailable). The lookout is surrounded by blackbutt and bluegum trees.

After another 690 m find the "Rainforest at No.16 timber post" (20 m on your right).
Rainforest at No.16 timber post
Rainforest at No.16 timber post

At the No. 16 timber post (along the Muirs walking trail), you are in a beautiful rainforest gully surrounded by a lush moist forest of cycads, ferns and mosses, with towering blackbutt and bluegum trees above. This cool moist spot is a great place to spend time on a hot dry day.
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At the No. 16 timber post (along the Muirs walking trail), you are in a beautiful rainforest gully surrounded by a lush moist forest of cycads, ferns and mosses, with towering blackbutt and bluegum trees above. This cool moist spot is a great place to spend time on a hot dry day.

After another 800 m continue straight.
After another 60 m pass the toilet (10 m on your right).
After another 30 m come to the end.
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Terrain
Know the Hills, grading & facilities

Muirs Rainforest Circuit Walk


Grading
Class 4/6
Hard track
Length 1.6 km
Time 1 h 15 min to 1 h 45 min
Quality of track Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)
Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Signage Minimal directional signs (4/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged) (4/6)
Experience Required Moderate level of bushwalking experience recommended (4/6)
Weather Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)

Some facilities on route
Toilet: There is one 1.6 km from the start.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Toilet
1.6 km[toilet]
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