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Griffins walking track is a 11km, grade 4 one way hike, located in the Morton National Park, New South Wales. The hike should take approximately 9hrs to complete.
Griffins walking track offers a peaceful hike through the Yarrunga Creek Valley and up Meryla Pass. At 11km one-way, it can be attempted in a single day, but is best tackled with an overnight camp.
Start the walk at either Jacks Corner, in Kangaroo Valley, or at the top of Meryla Pass. The walk is undulating and has some very long steep sections, but the beauty is staggering. Don’t forget to look up occasionally at the amazing sandstone cliffs towering overhead. In the distance, you should be able to spot the distinctive shapes of Mount Moollattoo and Mount Carrialoo. As well as these, expect creek crossings, rocky outcrops, views across the valley, and plenty of wildlife – don’t forget the camera, particularly if birdwatching is of interest.
Aim to settle down for the evening at Griffins Farm, a grassy area alongside the creek where remnants of an old house, barn, and rock wall fence can still be seen. The Griffins family cut timber here to sell to sawmills between the 1940s and 1970s. Bring dinner and light a campfire afterward for a thrilling night out under the stars.
At the top of Meryla Pass, you can also follow Wombat Hill lookout trail for another terrific vantage point over the surrounding landscape.
About the region
Morton National Park in the South Coast and Country NSW regions
Morton National Park is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger. Parts of the south-eastern area of this park were once used for military training and may contain unexploded artillery shells. These areas have restrictions in place for your safety.
9am to 5pm daily. Closed Christmas Day.
To Jacks Corner Road. Griffins walking track is in the Yarrunga Valley precinct of Morton National Park. To get there from Kangaroo Valley:Head west from Moss Vale Road for 11km along Bendeela RoadGo past the pondage as the road becomes Jacks Corner Road. Continue until you reach the Morton National Park trailhead gate at the bottom of Griffins walking track. This is known as Jacks Corner.Alternatively, from Moss Vale, head towards Nowra on Yarrawa Road.Turn right onto Meryla Road and follow it for 16km through Meryla State Forest to the top of Griffins walking track. This is known as Meryla Pass. Park entry points Jacks Corner Road See on map Road quality Check the weather before you set out as the road to Griffins walking track can become boggy when it rains. Parking Parking is available at both ends of the track at Jacks Corner and at the top of Meryla Pass.
There is limited mobile reception in this park
Remember to take your binoculars if you want to go birdwatching
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.