Lake Tali Karng: Hidden Lake Circuit Hike (31km)

Alpine National Park



2 days

Grade 4






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1 Review on “Lake Tali Karng: Hidden Lake Circuit Hike (31km)”

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  • Fantastic overnight hike. Tough and steep with limited water. We were fortunate we had plenty with us and managed to find a bit running in the creek.

  • We did it as 2 day hike, Macfarlane’s to Wellington river. Pretty tough going along the steep section down to the lake. Day 2 heading to Wellington river was difficult at first, the trail went parallel to Barrier creek for a good distance, but never came close. Just a series of hills and valleys crossing dry creek beds. Once it started crossing the river, it was much more scenic and pleasant. BTW, the road was rough but fine for our Camry. The biggest challenge was moving to the side to avoid 4×4’s who own the road, and don’t want to move the side in case they hit some rough bits!

  • Did this hike over 2 days. Started on the 1st March 2021.

    From the trail start to Nyimba camp sight is pretty easy. trail is slightly overgrown and a few downed trees in a couple spots. But pretty easy to navigate. The camp sight has had a fire recently so the toilet facilities are no longer there.

    From the camp to the lake, watch out for spider webs across the path. We descended down to the lake via Gillos track. It gets very steep towards the lake!

    Riggal Spur track was our way out, its an old 4wd track with some large fallen trees in spots and rather overgrown too. It is steep in some sections, but not as steep as the decent to the lake. Its a longer walk but possibly a gentler way out.

    Very Nice lake. Take plenty of water and be prepared for the hike out.

  • This is completely unsubstantiated, but the fella working at the general store in Licola told me the track described in this post is now closed, and the only access up to the lake is the Wellington River track. I didn’t go up to McFarlane’s saddle to check this, just walked up the river instead.

    The river track is fine, the water was only ankle to shin deep for the 16 river crossings, but the path through the Valley of Destruction is pretty overgrown. Gaiters wouldn’t be a bad idea.

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Lake Tali Karng: Hidden Lake Circuit Hike

Trail Hiking Australia acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the lands on which we hike and pay respects to their Elders, past and present, and we acknowledge the First Nations people of other communities who may be here today.