Starting from Waterfall Creek Road, Maroon, this return walk takes you to the confluence of Yamaha and Mount Barney creeks via the Upper Portals track, following Yamaha Creek along the way. Note that you’ll need to have a 4WD vehicle to access the starting point. As you’re hiking along the creek bed, keep an eye out for different species of wildflowers including native orchids and formosa lilies. If you’re here in spring, expect to see heaps of them on your way to the confluence. You’ll have a chance to see lots of butterfly species as well. When you finally get to where the creeks conjoin, you’ll be welcomed by little waterfalls and deep rock pools that are secluded. Pack a lunch and have a little picnic after the swim to add to the experience. Watch out for snakes along the track and check the water before dipping in to be safe. 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.
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.
Car (You'll be needing a 4WD vehicle to get to the starting point.)
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started From the dirt parking area on Waterfall Creek Road(1.7km east of Mt Barney Wilderness Camping), head southeast towards the fork along the dirt path. Keep right at the fork to join the Upper Portals Track. After about 190 metres(from the fork), head around/over the gate and stay on the said track to continue along Upper Portals to Confluence Track.....
Directions & comments
Find the car park at the start.
After another 95 m (at the intersection of Waterfall Creek Road & Upper Portals track) continue straight, to head along Upper Portals track.
After another 205 m head through/around the gate.
Continue another 3.7 km to find the end. Then turn around here and retrace the main route for 4 km to get back to the start.
Know the Hills, grading & facilities
Upper Portals to Confluence
2 h 45 min to 4 h
Quality of track
Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gentle hills with occasional steps (2/6)
Clearly signposted (2/6)
Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (2/6)