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Big Scrub loop walking track is a 1.5km, grade 3 Circuit hike located in the Nightcap National Park, NSW. The hike should take approximately 45mins to complete.
Big Scrub loop walking track offers the chance to experience some of the most magnificent subtropical rainforest in NSW. Part of Nightcap National Park, near Lismore, it’s a popular track for community and school groups, with excellent birdwatching opportunities, crystal clear creeks and lush vegetation. From the shallow creek crossing, the track is clearly marked with orange markers so you’ll stay on-path. You’ll see enormous fig trees, giant stinging trees and yellow carabeen towering above, forming part of the rainforest canopy. Beneath the forest giants are lush bangalow palms, black bean and maidens blush, while jackwood and lawyer vine form the understorey. There’s an abundance of birdlife all year round, including Albert’s lyrebirds, brush turkeys and rainforest pigeons.
About the Region
Nightcap National Park in the North Coast region
Nightcap National Park is open sunrise to sunset but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.
To Gibbergunyah Range Road access. On entering Nightcap National Park, from Dunoon:Take Dunoon Road north for approximately 3.6km and turn left onto Rocky Creek Dam RoadContinue for approximately 1.5km and turn left onto unsealed Gibbergunyah Range RoadDrive for 1km, across several cattlegrids, to the park gate.You’ll need to walk an additional 300m from the park entry gate, as Gibbergunyah Range Road is closed to public vehicles. However, the road is accessible to walkers, cyclists and horse riders. Park entry points Gibbergunyah Range Road access See on map Parking Parking is available at the open area adjacent to the information sign. Please do not park in front of the gate.
To access this walk, you’ll need to walk through shallow water across a causeway. The crossing can become impassable after or during heavy rainfall.
The track can become hard to follow in places, so please follow the track markers and orange triangles to keep to the track.
The weather in the area can be extreme and unpredictable, so please ensure you’re well-prepared for your visit.
It’s a good idea to take insect repellent, particularly for repelling leeches.
Remember to take your binoculars if you want to go bird watching
Visit NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service for more information on this trail.
The longitude and latitude of the start and end points are approximately only and should not be used for navigation purposes. Please contact me if you know the correct coordinates.