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This is a circuit track that starts at youngville campground. The signage at the campground reads "walk to the tranquil waters of Carrow brook on the edge of the Barrington wilderness area. This is a long and strenuous walk with several steep sections, and should only be attempted by those with a high fitness level."
This walk is not listed on the national parks website. There is a large picnic table at the bottom of the gully, near the creek. A local told us that it was taken down by NP workers on a wheel barrow around 10 years ago. The walk is signposted at significant points. When you reach the bottom near the creek, you need to walk past the uphill track to get to the creek, which is a short return walk back to the circuit track.
About the region
Mount Royal National Park is a superb natural environment just waiting to be visited and admired. As part of Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area, the park contains many birds and animals that remain relatively the same as their fossilised ancestors. It’s also home to various threatened and vulnerable species of wildlife such as the hastings river mouse, parma wallaby, rufous scrub bird and paradise riflebird, and the glossy black-cockatoo.
Access is through Singleton. For the New England highway, turn onto Bridgeman Rd, go past lake StClair, then turn left into Mount Royal Rd. The road turns to gravel and continue until you reach the Youngville campground. This is also the starting point for Pieries peak.
This is a very steep track with lots of fallen trees and tripping hazards. Watch out for leeches near the creek.
Hike contributed by Barbara Hill
Max elevation: 864 m
Min elevation: 417 m
Total climbing: 469 m
Total descent: -469 m