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Mount Cougal is a 5.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Dungay, New South Wales, Australia that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching.

Length 5.3 mi Elevation gain 1,499 ft Route type Out & Back
Hiking Nature trips Bird watching Forest Views Wild flowers Wildlife Over grown Rocky Scramble Off trail No dogs
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Within the Springbrook National Park, Mount Cougal was the home of the Yugambeh people for thousands of years and the mountain's twin peaks have a significant place in their stories. This bushwalk commencing along the border of New South Wales and Queensland features unique geological landforms, and biodiverse subtropical to cool temperate rainforests with rare fauna endemic to the region, including the land mullet (Bellatorias major), the world’s largest skink. The trail ascends to both the east and western peaks of Mount Cougal that share panoramic vistas across the Currumbin Valley to Surfers Paradise and inland toward Mt Warning. Finding the track can be difficult and the first section is particularly steep and overgrown. Once you enter the rainforest, follow the QLD/NSW border fence line to the base of Mount Cougal where the scramble up the cliff begins following a trail. Once at the eastern peak, you can continue on the track by steeply descending to a saddle along a narrow ridge which then follows another scramble up a cliff to the summit of Mount Cougal West. Note: It is easy to lose the track as there are several tracks that are red herrings. Advice is to keep to the base of the cliff and turn upward when a reasonably formed track appears. Much care to be taken and not advisable in the wet. There is private property both sides, so be sure to stick to the border fence line. Follow pink or white markers when you hit the rocky section near the top as the fence disappears. Be sure to wear long sleeves and pants, or gaiters, and sturdy footwear.

Park at the gate at the bottom of Garden of Eden Road. When driving up Garden of Eden Road from Tomewin, park at the second gate, not the first or you'll be walking a little extra distance.

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Karise Wilson
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WalkingOver grownRockyScramble

Advice to wear long pants was spot on. Lots of variation and not too difficult. Had to go from car park at Cougal Cascade as border is closed to get to Tomewin. So if you’re coming from GC prepare for an extra 4km of fairly steep road to get to bottom of Mt Cougal track. Enjoyable though.

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Megan Core
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Hiking

Epic challenging hike with plenty of variation in the trail and scenery. Great views at the top. Very steep and slippery in some parts. Wouldn’t be that safe to do after recent rain. We only saw one baby black snake but keep an eye out.

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Matthew Fitzsimmons
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HikingOver grownRockyScramble
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Bernard Rubin
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HikingOver grownRocky

At the top you have to go to the right and there is an arrow carved into the tree. Wear hiking boots and be prepared to Bush wack as it is very overgrown

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Sadie Sinclair
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HikingOff trailOver grownRockyScramble

This hike is a bit tricky for the average hiker (like myself) a bit off trail and over grown. A decent view at the top!

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Rachael Warburton
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HikingOver grownRockyScramble

Amazing hike, but do make sure you come prepared with hiking boots, lots of water and a hiking stick for those who need it as wowwweee it gets STEEP! There’s also a rock climb at the end to get to the summit which I personally found daunting as I suffer from vertigo but the view from the top is astounding and totally worth it! Lots of beautiful rainforest to walk through and enjoy and plenty of photo ops! Took us about 5 hours with lots of stops for photos and get our breath after the steep bits. Will definitely do again though. The views were just incredible! What a stunning part of the country.

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Nic Chip
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HikingScramble

Great trail. Not for anyone with a knee impairment or injury. Couple of steep uphill climbs and a boulder scramble to the summit. Parts were difficult and parts were moderate. Don’t take your nan or pop!

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Shanel A
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HikingOver grownPrivate propertyRockyScramble

Good trail. Beautiful tropical forest towards the top and great view point about a quarter of the way up. Good views up top but a small vantage point to get full views. When driving up Garden of Eden Rd from Tomewin side, be sure to park at the 2nd gate, not the 1st like we did. Stick to following the barbed wire fence on your left but when you come to forks on the trail always go right. Be aware of wire netting in the ground towards the top. it’s for grip but you can easily trip on it. There’s is a rock climb towards the top, not the best if you have a fear of heights but it is do-able. I’ve added a couple of photos of that. The very first part of the rock climb is the hardest/scariest then it’s just scrambling through bush. Lots of tree roots to hold on to. I recommend doing this through the cooler months and also wearing gators or long socks. Lots of pricklies. It was dry when we hiked but would be very muddy and dangerously slippery on the rocks. We found a dead koala on the track but hopefully you’ll see some live ones . Be sure to keep looking up. Took us about 5 hrs up and back including small breaks on the way up and about a half hr at the top.

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Sue Malouf
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Hiking

Afternoon trek and ran out of light, will be back beautiful rainforest.

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Jesse Mcgilvary
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Brendan Edwards
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HikingOff trailOver grownPrivate propertyScramble

Great little hike, hop the fence and follow the fence line all the way, the first section is very overgrown.

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Joshua Radford
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HikingGreat!Over grownScramble

We did the Cougals starting from Currumbin rock pools cause at the time we weren't allowed into NSW to start the hike. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L3SbFdx9onE

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