Mount Kembla Ring track Trail Hiking Australia
  • Length: 5.3km

  • Duration: 3hrs

  • Grade: 4

  • Style: Circuit

  • Start: 617 Cordeaux Rd, Kembla Heights

  • End: 617 Cordeaux Rd, Kembla Heights

  • Location: Illawarra Escarpment State Conservation Area

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  • Distance from CBD: 97.1 km

  • State: NSW

  • Latitude: -34.43730822

  • Longitude: 150.7961415

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Mount Kembla Ring track is a 5.3km, grade 4 circuit hike, located in the Illawarra Escarpment State Conservation Area, New South Wales. The hike should take approximately 3hrs to complete.

Hike Summary

Mount Kembla is a significant Aboriginal site for the Wodi Wodi people, featuring in many of their creation stories. The impressive natural landmark also acts as a dramatic backdrop for the Ring track, with lush vegetation and a glimpse of local history on a terrific 5km loop.
With access to the scenic Kembla lookout (via the Summit track), there's much to see, from native birdwatching to spectacular views of the NSW coast. So don't forget your hiking boots.
The Ring track quickly descends from shaded slopes into cool rainforest. Cycling offers a thrilling alternative on the fire trail. Also, note the closed entrances to two early coal mines - the area is rich with fascinating Illawarra heritage. Take a virtual tour of Mount Kembla Ring track captured with Google Street View Trekker.

About the region

Illawarra Escarpment State Conservation Area in the South Coast region
Illawarra Escarpment State Conservation Area is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger. However, it is recommended that bushwalking only be undertaken during daylight hours because of the presence of cliff edges and other hazards.

Getting there

To Mount Kembla access. Mount Kembla Ring track is in the Mount Kembla precinct of Illawarra Escarpment State Conservation Area. To get there:Take Southern Freeway from Waterfall towards Wollongong, exiting at Figtree.Turn left onto Princes Highway, then left again onto Mount Keira Road after 0.5km.Drive 7km to Harry Graham Drive, turn left and continue to the junction with Cordeaux Road.Turn right onto Cordeaux Road. It is 3km to Kembla lookout. Park entry points Mount Kembla access See on map Parking Parking is available on Cordeaux Road.


Take care and watch for motor vehicles while walking on Cordeaux Road.
Remember to take your binoculars if you want to bird watch.

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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