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Great time with amazing views. The track is very well defined and quite easy to walk; my friend with bad knees really appreciated it.

mountain biking
1 month ago

Beautiful scenery

Thoroughly enjoyed this track. Amazing views from Nina’s Peak.

Some brief notes and tips from our experience -

Day 1 -
- Left Cardwell (by boat charter) at 8:20ish arrived at Seven Creek, Missionary Bay pontoon on Hinchinbrook Island at around 9:20am
- Nina Peak trail - about 1 hr incline to peak. Fairly difficult climb. Suggests having hands free, we left our packs at the bottom.
- We arrived at Little Ramsay Bay at 4pm.
- Suggest stay at Ramsay Bay if 3 night. Banksia not a nice beach. Nina Bay ok if have longer on island. Unsure if water is close by.
- Banksia not as nice a beach as Little Ramsay. More risk of crocodiles as near mouth of creek.
- Bring hiking chairs as no tables and difficult to find logs to sit on at Little Ramsay and you will be sore.

Day 2 -
- Don't put your shoes on when you leave Little Ramsay as you have to cross a creek at the end of the beach. If the tide is low enough, keep your shoes off as you will be able to cross in front of rocks instead of over them.
- Next 1-2 km from here is very difficult with rock face ledge walk and steep hill climb.
- From here the track was not as difficult as the first day apart from many creek crossings and muddy rainforest and tea tree swamp tracks.
-Would consider wet shoes this day to save constant stopping to take shoes off and on and maybe long pants for mozzies in tea tree swamp
- plenty of creek crossings after the muddy spots to wash your shoes clean
- took us 6 hrs Little Ramsay to Zoe Bay

Day 3
- leaving Zoe Bay, consider long pants as a lot of long grass which caused cuts to legs
- steep incline to top of waterfall
- a lot of creek crossings throughout the day and muddy swampy tracks. Again wet shoes would be suitable
- can get phone reception at top of ridge after walking through some long grass. Good time to make contact with lift home.
- dense rainforest and rock climbing/jumping to get through creeks.

More detailed notes can be found on the government website.


Great walk well marked, loved the rock climb at the top. Pushed hard 80 mins up & 70 mins down..

great three day hike 17km in you hit the up hill and it was hard. but still great hike

1 month ago

A lovely walk. Very peaceful walking by the lake as well as through beautiful bushland.

1 month ago

Excellent view from the peak. Made it up here with my 11 year old son. Last 20m is a bit of a climb but otherwise a great walk

Great views

Loved to costal section. Beautiful ocean views with palm jungles. The inland half was just a gravel road, kind of boring. The upside is the second half is pretty flat. If you have the energy, I’d take the same coastal trail back to the car park instead.

1 month ago

Good walk, not too challenging, a couple of hills and a relatively long track. Well marked most of the way. Would happily do this walk again.

Great walk with some distant hills that give a good cardio workout. peaceful. Great training spot for harder walks/hikes.

1 month ago

I often do this walk. very peaceful. Lovely by the Yarra River. Great place to walk your dog too!

1 month ago

Dog walk is awesome

Good hike with amazing views. However beware of snakes.

What a beautiful walk! The terrain was harder than I thought, lots of stairs and very rocky. Right before you get to the turnaround point there is a massive decent which is rocky stairs all the way down. Which means that right after lunch you have a pretty big ascent up some rocky stairs which sucked. The rest of the walk was super nice with loads of places to stop and have a swim or a dip, and plenty of wildflowers. Signposted all the way and there were lots of other hikers on the trail so almost impossible to get lost. Took me about 4 hours in total.

1 month ago

Perfect for a level 1hr walk or a work out with Harbour views all the way.

It was a lovely little hike this weekend. We made our way to Curtis Falls and then did the Lower Creek Circuit. It worked out being exactly 3km.

Top hike. It brought new challenges to me, but that’s what made it so much fun. Climbing on rocks and passing thru narrow caves makes this challenge more enjoyable. Totally worth it!

Very pleasant trail with lots of visual interest. Moderately challenging.

trail running
1 month ago

I did this run without the additonal Chiltern path up and back and it was 12km on the dot. The Duck Ponds track is a long uphill when entering from the West Head side, and the down hill from the top of the Central track is long and cruisy back to the NP gate.

Really nice trail with views of Mundaring weir. Some hills but not too difficult.

Very easy walk. Recommend going via smugglers track and down the other way.
Went on the tour of the lighthouse which was very enjoyable.

Beautiful views from the top, wide tracks and great rock formations! Our kids (age 7 and 9) also loved it! Great family walk.

This is a fabulous walk but I am not sure why it is rated moderate- it’s hard. Highly recommended.

nice walk in a green urban environment however the road noise level is a bit too high and there is a lot of rubbish everywhere.

Great view at the top. Sometimes hard to get a good park on the holidays. Moderately demanding going up. Nice and shady the whole way.

Great place to hike, steep in areas, be sure to call up first and book as they lint the number of entrants to the area. It’s a park reserve for protected wildlife, you’ll need a key code to get past the gate.

Absolutely amazing views.. relatively easy going and plenty of wildlife. Highly recommend this hike.

Great views with great company

road biking
1 month ago

I picked road biking because my friend I decided to give the Lake Manchester loop a go with our drop bar cyclocross / gravel bikes. It was our first visit here and we were unsure of what to expect. Certainly all he photos we had seen excited us of the prospect. We set off with the first climb up past the dam wall to find a fantastic view over the lake. The first km or so was rather picturesque and easy then the climbs started.. they usually don’t bother us because we are actually regular mountain bikers.. we did realise before long however that the gearing on our bikes was to high for the climbs.. especially my friends Giant TCX cyclocross bike.. my Trek Checkpoint gravel bike was more suitable but still tough going with the narrower tyres giving less traction than required. Even though we bike a hiked some of the steeper hills the scenery around the lake made it all worthwhile. So in summary if you want to ride this loop an MTB is definitely the best option to climb the hills and probably more fun on the descents. We just thought it worthwhile to let other gravel bike riders know that it is doable on these bikes if you are rolling wider grippier tyres, your gearing is lower and you are relatively fit.

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