Muirs Rainforest Walk
Darkinjung & Guringai Country

40 min to 1 h

1.4 km
return

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Moderate track
This is a good walk on a hot day. This walk leaves Muirs Lookout and descends through healthy blackbutt and blue gum forest to find a moist rainforest of ferns and mosses. A quiet sit and picnic within the rainforest would be lovely. This walk returns the same way you have come. Let us begin by acknowledging the Darkinjung & Guringai people, 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 walking track sign near Cooranbong. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Start to Muirs Walking Track near Cooranbong. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Start to Muirs Walking Track near Cooranbong. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Sign at Muirs Lookout near Cooranbong. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Looking up to Muirs Mookout car park near Cooranbong. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Track near Muirs Lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Track near Muirs Lookout Cooranbong. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Forest and track near Muirs Lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Forest and track near Muirs Lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Forest near Cooranbong. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Walking trail sign near Muirs Lookout Cooranbong. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Track and bush near Muirs Lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Cut tree trunk near Muirs Lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Steep track near Muirs Lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Moist rainforest and track near Muirs Lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Moist rainforest and track near Muirs Lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
No. 16 timber post in rainforest near Muirs Lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Ferns and forest near Muirs Lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 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 Freemans Drive
  • Turn on to Martinsville Road then drive for 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.
After 45 m find the "Muirs Lookout" (30 m on your left).
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 45 m pass the toilet (45 m on your right).
Continue another 590 m to find the end. Then turn around here and retrace the main route for 680 m to get back to the start.
About 25 m past the end is "Rainforest at No.16 timber post".
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.

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Terrain
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Muirs Rainforest Walk


Grading
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 1.4 km
Time 40 min to 1 h
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Signage Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)

Some facilities on route
Toilet: There is one 90 m from the start.


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