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cold morning 3C - one of the most fascinating walks we have done
very easy by mountain hiking standards

Not a bad track pretty easy to walk just a very slight incline almost flat nice long basic walk path has a good surface of rock down, so it's only muddy in a couple of detours off the main track due to bridges being out of order.
Don't forget to check out the old Trentham railway station while you are there since it's right behind you at the starting point.

Beautiful trail to walk-in all conditions.

Fantastic walk with amazing views. We got the scenic railway into the valley and walked to the ruins. A bit of a scramble across the landslide section of bout 500m but other than that it’s a pretty easy walk. We had our 13 year old plus I have average fitness at the moment but did it comfortably. It’s about 2hrs each way. Got the sky rail back up the hill. Also a small hill climb of approx 600m to the ruins but take ur time and it’s pretty easy. Beautiful country. Take some water, snacks & a coffee in a flask and u’ll love it. Be careful not to miss the track off the boardwalk at scenic world. After you get off the train and just past a few displays the trail is off to the right.

1 day ago

Love this walk, feels like you are in the bush rather than the city. it is possible to connect this walk with City Beach if you want to extend to a 1okm walk.

Ok just hugs the freeway after about one hour nothing special

Great views, beaches and bush.

hiking
2 days ago

Check your weather forecast before doing this trail! Very important because you'll be scaling rocks along the river and you don't want to be stuck. Some parts of the trail are quite challenging with big rocks to scale. Good grip footwear is essential. Very fun when it ends with the waterhole for a nice cool dip after your 3+ hours of hiking!

hiking
2 days ago

Definitely worth the view. Proper footwear is essential as there are some challenging bits with flat and steep rocks to scale up. Going down is harder.

Awesome view!

Not difficult but good fun

Great hike with rewarding views

Lovely coastal walk in winter, surf was rough but track was well looked after and a pleasure to walk. An easy fairly flat walk well suited to beginners however lots of people tend to visit. The toilets were not looked after very well.

walking
4 days ago

Easy walk, nice to do at night to see the glow worms.

Easy hike through bushland and rocky escarpment. Gorgeous views

Awesome hike, if you ❤️ stairs & superb view.
So many different paths to explore, we did this in the middle of winter, will bring swimmers for this route in Summer.
Picture perfect, Wow the boardwalk was incredible.

mountain biking
5 days ago

my first time for mountain biking.. this track had it all... challenging but rewarding.

Set out around 8am from the top of the Golden Stairs and arrived at the Castle around 945am. Coming down is mostly easy and the middle section through the forest is nice and mostly flat with a slight uphill effort to get to the castle. Scramble to the top is rather easy when you find the right section to climb. The hardest part was the climb back up the Stairs at the end. I was carrying a 12kg pack for training but is rather hard regardless. Take some rests on the way back up and you will get there fine but you will have some tired legs. Took us 3.5 -4 hours round trip. View on top of ruins was amazing.

5 days ago

Easy on the way down tough on the way back up but very enjoyable.

Great easy walk, paths are well kept! Has other hiking options, if you enjoy testing yourself head up to the lookout

The Byron Bay lighthouse is a must-see if you're in the region, as is the walk down to Wategos Beach. While the lighthouse area will get crowded for sunset, mostly friendly backpackers, not many take the track down to the beach.

The trail is popular for locals training in the morning, often parking at Wategos and running up and back. But any time of the day is beautiful.

One small suggestion if hitting the lighthouse first is to park in either in the lower lighthouse carpark (on the way up, before the first boom gate - which they lock at night), or on the way down (when then one way road goes down, there's another and less full car park a little ways along). From either it only adds five to ten minutes walk and saves hassle with gates being locked.

Sunset at the end of the trail is beautiful, but likewise sunrise is special. Often photographers stake out this spot, as dolphins nearly always been be spotted in the region playing, and this is the most easterly point of the Australian mainland after all. Enjoy.

The Mount Edwards trail is a nicely formed track with a consistent gradient to get the heart pumping. While it is an easy walk for the most part, anyone walking with children might consider warning them about the cliff edges, as this trail is thankfully kept natural (limited artificial steps and no railings).

The trail is predominantly a short hike for those visiting Moogerah Dam, and in fact begins by first crossing the dam and then following the clearly marked stairs up onto the track. From there it's a single well-trodden dirt trail with some loose rocks to mindful of kicking down in the steeper sections. Largely covered by trees it is shady for the most part, although would be hot in summer. Add to your winter hiking list like most of the nearby peaks.

Highlights include a section of beautiful Grass Trees (aka Blaga / Xanthorrhoea / Black Boy) in the final section before the summit, which can take 100s of years to grow. The summit view is beautiful, looking across to Mount French in the distance (including the edge of the face we call "Frog Buttress" in our climbing community - a popular trad climbing spot). The cities of Fassifern and Aratula can be viewed below, and Ipswich is beyond the range after.

A worthwhile hike - don't dismiss it because of the short duration or lack of technicality. What it lacks in length or epicness it makes up for in consistent steepness/gradient, which we included in our hiking plan as part of training for the alps. Glad we did - a beautiful afternoon.

Marvellous view!

A pleasant walk.

Walked at low tide, really enjoyable views and great beach walk, best with offshore winds

Track well maintained with nice work on the bike trail part of the walk. Not overly strenuous with it taking just over 2 hours to do the walk

Amazing! Not that kid friendly

Excellent hike. Great water falls and clear ponds.

Gorgeous walk where my gf and saw all sorts of wildlife from lyre birds to lizards, a snake, wallabys and more! Beautiful change in forest from bush at the top to rainforest down low by the creeks.

Great workout with fabulous views from the top. Have to agree this shouldn’t be rated as easy/for families (with children under about 8 yo), since involves quite a lot of steep rock scrambling and is quite slippery in places. Would grade as a Moderate short walk/climb.

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