Cascades walk Trail Hiking Australia
  • Length: 2km

  • Duration: 45mins

  • Grade: 3

  • Style: Return

  • Start: 3157 Illawarra Hwy, Macquarie Pass

  • End: 3157 Illawarra Hwy, Macquarie Pass

  • Location: Macquarie Pass National Park

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  • Distance from CBD: 123 km

  • State: NSW

  • Latitude: -34.56879817

  • Longitude: 150.6762214

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Cascades walk is a 2km, grade 3 return hike, located in the Macquarie Pass National Park, New South Wales. The hike should take approximately 45mins to complete.

Hike Summary

The easy and rewarding Cascades walk will take you through rainforest and tall eucalypt forest along a creek to the beautiful cascades. This rainforest haven is home to lyrebirds, platypus and goannas, as well as large native figs, lilly pillys and lianas. Wander through the fern understorey. With lizards skittering about and birds darting through the shafts of sunlight, this is a delightful experience all year-round, but is a special treat in summer when the rainforest canopy provides shade and protection.
Children will love the variety of this walk. Why not bring a book of local birds or plants so that they can identify what they're seeing? Bring binoculars for birdwatching, and they can take a good look into the canopy for surprises. Then, finish up with a relaxing lunch at Cascades picnic area after you've all had enough walking for the day.

About the region

Macquarie Pass National Park in the South Coast and Country NSW regions
Macquarie Pass National Park is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

Getting there

The trackhead is at the northern edge of Cascades picnic area. From Sydney and Wollongong:Take the Princes Highway and Southern Freeway to the Illawarra Highway turnoff at Haywards BayTravel about 14km along the Illawarra Highway, which veers right in Albion Park, to Macquarie Pass National Park and the Cascades picnic area.From Robertson:Take the Illawarra Highway east to reach Macquarie Pass National Park and the Cascades picnic areaFrom Nowra:Head north along the Princes Highway and turn west into Tongarra Road at Albion Park RailTravel about 15km along Tongarra Road , which becomes the Illawarra Highway, to Macquarie Pass National Park and the Cascades picnic area. Parking Parking is available at Cascades picnic area, including limited bus parking. It can be a busy place on the weekend, so parking might be limited.


Protect against leeches and ticks with insect repellent
Please leave wildflowers and other plants as they are
Tall forest is best avoided when there are strong winds
Remember to take your binoculars if you want to birdwatch

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.

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