- Epic Wollongong views from an iconic peak
- Beautiful changing bushland, featuring spectacular wildflowers in Spring
- A low grade walk that offers a little bit of everything
Summary of adventure:
A good beginners walk, or for people with lesser fitness. Starting at the truck stop (refer to map below for starting point), noting there is very limited parking, you enter the Illawarra Escarpment State Conservation Area through a service with various tracks leading basically North following the cliff line, taking in wet and dry Sclerophyll forests with plenty of pretty vistas and changing flora. There are some minor rock hopping sections that you can take at your own pace, and mostly just serve as stairs to higher ground. Depending on the recent rainfall there are also creeks that are very pretty.
You will pass open clearings under the power lines, allowing great opportunities to capture the views, not only to the East, but West back into the rolling hills of bush. Continuing along, you eventually come to a service road near the transmission tower, follow the tower and to reach the trig point, summit and epic views from the Royal National Park to Saddleback Mountain. Enjoy reading graffiti, some dating over 100 years old, and an excellent spot for photos and a bite to eat. Extreme caution must be taken as the lookout points are not fenced, in addition gusts of wind could easily knock you over the edge, so keep your distance.
The track was dominantly showing off some impressive yellow Prickly Bush Peas (Pultenaea juniperina), gorgeous red and white Native Fuchsias (Epacris longiflora) and Pink Finger native orchids (Caladenia carnea). Kangaroos can also be spotted from time to time.
For this walk, simply return back the direction you came back to your destination.
Essential Gear Required:
- Warm clothes and sun protection, it can be quite breezy and open in places
- Insect & Leech protection
- Basic First Aid kit
- Long pants, some bushes can be spiky
- A snack for the summit
- A general sense of direction; the trails are not marked and you can easily meander off the main trail
How to get to the trail (Interactive Map):
Grade 2 – Mostly low gradient. Opportunity to walk easily in natural environments on easy tracks. Suitable for beginners.
Approximate distance 3.5km return with mild gradient changes, taking about 1.5hrs to take in all of the sites.
All pets (other than assistance dogs) and smoking.