Conondale Range Great Walk

3 days to 4 days

51.5 km
oneway

↑ 2653 m
↓ -2653 m

Hard track
Starting from the Booloumba Creek Day Use Area, Kenilworth, this circuit walk gives you a tour of the Conondale Range via the 56 km long Conondale Range Great Walk, visiting heaps of landmarks along the way. From waterfalls to unique works of art and historic sites, this walk is filled with experiences. You can swim in the cool waters of Booloumba Creek, take in the panoramic views from any of the lookouts along the way or just enjoy this adventurous journey through this diversely vegetated national park. Learn more about the history of the area beforehand to see the signs of logging more clearly. The walk is usually quite empty and you have a chance of not seeing anybody for the entire circuit, so be ready for that immense feeling of remoteness. Look out for snakes. Depending on the weather and track conditions, you may need to park your vehicle 2-3 kilometres up north and cross Booloumba Creek twice on foot unless you have a 4WD vehicle with good clearance. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
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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 (-26.6448896,152.6496403)
Mode Car (Depending on the weather and track conditions, you may need to park your vehicle 2-3 kilometres up north and cross Booloumba Creek twice on foot unless you have a 4WD vehicle with good clearance.)
Finish (-26.6448896,152.6496403)
Mode (end) Car Shuttle   Car   (Depending on the weather and track conditions, you may need to park your vehicle 2-3 kilometres up north and cross Booloumba Creek twice on foot unless you have a 4WD vehicle with good clearance.)
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From Booloumba Creek Day Use Area(off Booloumba Creek Road), follow the signage and head along the singular walking track(Conondale Range Great Walk) as you move directly away from the dirt/gravel road. After about 325 metres, turn sharp left at the 4-way intersection to continue along the Conondale Range Great Walk (clockwise).....
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Booloumba Creek Day Use Area to Wongai Walkers Camp
4 h to 6 h
10.7 km
Getting Started
From Booloumba Creek Day Use Area(off Booloumba Creek Road), follow the signage and head along the singular walking track(Conondale Range Great Walk) as you move directly away from the dirt/gravel road. After about 325 metres, turn sharp left at the 4-way intersection to continue along the Booloumba Creek Day Use Area to Wongai Walkers Camp Track.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
There is a toilet (about 25 m back from the start).
After 255 m come to the "Booloumba Creek No 3 Campground" (110 m on your left).
After another 95 m (at the intersection of Boloomba Ck No1 campground to Great Walk & Conondale Range Great Walk) turn left, to head along Conondale Range Great Walk.
Keep left.
After another 980 m (at the intersection of Conondale Range Great Walk & Creek circuit) continue straight, to head along Conondale Range Great Walk.
After another 550 m pass a seat (5 m on your right)., has a backrest.
The starting point of an alternate route. An alternate route visiting the abandoned gold mine entrance that is barred up. Features a steep incline and a gradual decline if you're coming from the Booloumba Creek Day Use Area direction. To take the alternate route veer right here. Details below.
After another 100 m (at the intersection of Gold Mine Circuit & Conondale Range Great Walk) continue straight, to head along Conondale Range Great Walk.
The alternate route finishes here. Veer right to rejoin the main route at the 2.2 km waypoint. Details below.
After another 210 m (at the intersection of Gold Mine Circuit & Conondale Range Great Walk) veer left, to head along Conondale Range Great Walk.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. This little side trip takes you to the Strangler Cairn, a unique work of art made by the renowned artist Andy Goldsworthy. To start this optional side trip turn right here. On returning from this side trip error >360 when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 350 m continue straight, to head along Conondale Range Great Walk.
After another 2.8 km cross the ford.
After another 15 m pass the "Artists Cascades" (15 m on your right).
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. This optional but recommended side trip takes you to the Booloumba Falls Lookout. You can turn left and head down the steps to access the base of the waterfall and rock pools. Enjoy the cool mountain water as it rejuvenates your legs. Remember to check the water beforehand. To start this optional side trip turn right here. On returning from this side trip turn left when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 3.2 km continue straight, to head along Conondale Range Great Walk.
After another 420 m continue straight.
After another 580 m veer left, to head along Conondale Range Great Walk.
After another 85 m pass the "Booloumba Falls Car Park" (85 m on your right).
After another 80 m pass a seat (20 m on your right).
At the intersection of Booloumba Creek Road & Conondale Range Great Walk continue straight, to head along Conondale Range Great Walk.
After another 760 m come to the "Wongai Walkers Camp" (135 m on your left).
After another 230 m (at the intersection of Conondale Range Great Walk & Canondale Range Great! Walk) turn left, to head along Canondale Range Great! Walk.
After another 55 m come to a toilet.
About 55 m past the end is a water tap.
The end.

This optional but recommended side trip takes you to the Booloumba Falls Lookout. You can turn left and head down the steps to access the base of the waterfall and rock pools. Enjoy the cool mountain water as it rejuvenates your legs. Remember to check the water beforehand.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After 155 m pass the "Booloumba Falls" (25 m on your left).
After another 20 m pass a seat (on your right).
A viewpoint.
About 85 m past the end is "The Breadknife".
The Breadknife
The Breadknife

A rock formation located at the confluence of Peters and Booloumba creeks.
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A rock formation located at the confluence of Peters and Booloumba creeks.

About 55 m past the end is a cave.
About 50 m past the end is a cave.
The end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 170 m to the main route.

This little side trip takes you to the Strangler Cairn, a unique work of art made by the renowned artist Andy Goldsworthy.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 60 m come to "Strangler Cairn".
Strangler Cairn
Strangler Cairn

A granite cairn made by renowned artist Andy Goldsworthy that has a strangler fig sapling planted on top of it, standing 4 metres tall above ground. It is expected that the roots of the strangler fig will wrap around the man-made cairn in about a hundred years, making it an exceptional work of art for future generations.
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A granite cairn made by renowned artist Andy Goldsworthy that has a strangler fig sapling planted on top of it, standing 4 metres tall above ground. It is expected that the roots of the strangler fig will wrap around the man-made cairn in about a hundred years, making it an exceptional work of art for future generations.

The end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 60 m to the main route.

An alternate route visiting the abandoned gold mine entrance that is barred up. Features a steep incline and a gradual decline if you're coming from the Booloumba Creek Day Use Area direction.
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Gold Mine Circuit & Conondale Range Great Walk Start heading along Gold Mine Circuit (a walking track).
After 280 m find the "Gold Mine" (35 m on your right).
Gold Mine
Gold Mine

An abondoned barred-up gold mine from the 1920s.
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An abondoned barred-up gold mine from the 1920s.

Turn left, to head along Gold Mine Circuit.
After another 560 m come to the end.
At the end of this alternate route, rejoin the main route.

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Wongai to Tallowwood
7 h to 8 h 30 min
16.5 km
Getting Started
From Wongai walkers’ camp, head south along the Conondale Range Great Walk track, moving directly away from the road up north. About a kilometre into the journey, the track will align with the Booloumba Creek to the right. Stay on the said track to continue along Wongai to Tallowwood Track.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
Find the Wongai Walkers Camp at the start.
There is water tap (about 55 m back from the start).
There is a toilet (about 40 m back from the start).
After another 95 m (at the intersection of Conondale Range Great Walk & Canondale Range Great! Walk) turn left, to head along Conondale Range Great Walk.
After another 3.6 km (at the intersection of South Goods Road & Conondale Range Great Walk) continue straight, to head along Conondale Range Great Walk.
After another 820 m continue straight, to head along Conondale Range Great Walk.
After another 2.2 km pass the "Mount Gerald" (80 m on your left).
After another 9.5 km (at the intersection of F Transverse Fire Trail & Conondale Range Great Walk) turn left, to head along Conondale Range Great Walk.
After another 430 m come to "Tallowwood Walkers Camp".
The end.

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Tallowwood to Summer Falls camp
6 h to 7 h 30 min
14.2 km
Getting Started
From Tallowwood walkers’ camp, head north along the Conondale Range Great Walk track. About 1.21 km into the track, keep left at the 3-way intersection to continue along Tallowwood to Summer Falls camp Track.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start heading along Conondale Range Great Walk.
Tallowwood Walkers Camp (about 40 m back from the start).
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. This little side trip takes you to the Peters Falls. To start this optional side trip turn right here. On returning from this side trip turn right when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 1.3 km veer left, to head along Conondale Range Great Walk.
After another 3.7 km veer right, to head along Conondale Range Great Walk.
After another 450 m continue straight, to head along Conondale Range Great Walk.
After another 730 m (at the intersection of Conondale Range Great Walk & Sunday Creek Road) continue straight, to head along Conondale Range Great Walk.
After another 6.2 km (at the intersection of Summer Creek Road & Conondale Range Great Walk) continue straight, to head along Conondale Range Great Walk.
After another 1.6 km veer left.
After another 105 m pass the "Summer Falls" (50 m on your left).
After another 185 m come to "Summer Falls Walkers Camp".
Continue another 0 m to find Summer Falls Walkers Camp at the end.

This little side trip takes you to the Peters Falls.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 165 m come to "Peters Falls".
The end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 165 m to the main route.

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Summer Falls to Booloumba
5 h to 7 h
10.1 km
Getting Started
From Summer Falls walkers’ camp, head northwest along the singular dirt track, moving towards Summer Falls. Follow the track as it veers left, then keep left at the 3-way intersection to continue along the Summer Falls to Booloumba Track.
Turn map Directions & comments
Summer Falls Walkers Camp Start (a walking track).
Find the Summer Falls Walkers Camp at the start.
After 215 m pass the "Summer Falls" (50 m on your right).
After another 80 m veer right, to head along Conondale Range Great Walk.
After another 1.6 km (at the intersection of Conondale Range Great Walk & Summer Creek Road) turn left, to head along Summer Creek Road (a vehicle track).
After another 360 m (at the intersection of Conondale Range Great Walk & Summer Creek Road) veer right, to head along Conondale Range Great Walk (a walking track).
After another 1.6 km (at the intersection of Conondale Range Great Walk & Summer Creek Road) continue straight, to head along Conondale Range Great Walk.
After another 75 m (at the intersection of Sunday Creek Road & Conondale Range Great Walk) continue straight, to head along Conondale Range Great Walk.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. This side trip takes you to the summit of Mt. Allan, giving you great 360-degree views from the fire tower atop said mountain. Will add 20-25 minutes to your moving time. To start this optional side trip continue straight here. On returning from this side trip turn sharp left when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 2 km (at the intersection of Conondale Range Great Walk & Conondale Range Great Walk - Mount Allen) veer right, to head along Conondale Range Great Walk.
After another 3.6 km come to the "Booloumba Creek No 3 Campground" (215 m on your right).
After another 230 m (at the intersection of Conondale Range Great Walk & Boloomba Ck No1 campground to Great Walk) continue straight, to head along Conondale Range Great Walk.
After another 325 m come to "Booloumba Creek No 4 Campground".
About 25 m past the end is a toilet.
About 20 m past the end is a seat.
The end.

This side trip takes you to the summit of Mt. Allan, giving you great 360-degree views from the fire tower atop said mountain. Will add 20-25 minutes to your moving time.
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Conondale Range Great Walk - Mount Allen & Conondale Range Great Walk Start heading along Conondale Range Great Walk - Mount Allen (a walking track).
After another 710 m (at the intersection of Mount Allan Fire Trail & Conondale Range Great Walk - Mount Allen) turn right, to head along Mount Allan Fire Trail (a vehicle track).
Then head up the very steep (10% ~ 5.7°) incline
After another 15 m come to "Mount Allan Fire Tower".
"Mount Allan".
The end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 720 m to the main route.
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Terrain
Know the Hills, grading & facilities

Booloumba Creek Day Use Area to Wongai Walkers Camp

Wongai to Tallowwood

Tallowwood to Summer Falls camp

Summer Falls to Booloumba


Grading
Class 4/6
Hard track
Length 51.5 km
Time 3 days to 4 days
Quality of track Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)
Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Signage Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
Experience Required Moderate level of bushwalking experience recommended (4/6)
Weather Foretasted & unexpected storms and severe weather may impact on navigation and safety (4/6)

Some facilities on route
Camp site: There are 5 on route, on average they are 8.6 km apart with the largest gap of 16.8 km.

Toilet: There are 2 on route, on average they are 17.2 km apart with the largest gap of 40.7 km.

Seat: There are 4 on route, on average they are 10.4 km apart with the largest gap of 41.8 km.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Toilet
-24 m[toilet]
Camp site
230 mBooloumba Creek No 3 Campground
Seat
1.8 km[seat]
Seat
8.5 km + 170 m[seat]
Seat
9.7 km[seat]
Camp site
10.4 kmWongai Walkers Camp
Toilet
10.7 km[toilet]
Camp site
27.3 kmTallowwood Walkers Camp
Camp site
41.4 kmSummer Falls Walkers Camp
Seat
51.5 km[seat]
Camp site
51.5 kmBooloumba Creek No 4 Campground
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