Mount Matheson loop Trail Hiking Australia
  • Length: 3km

  • Duration: 1.5hrs

  • Grade: 3

  • Style: Circuit

  • Start: 118 McCabes Rd, Doon Doon

  • End: 118 McCabes Rd, Doon Doon

  • Location: Nightcap National Park

  • Closest Town:

  • Distance from CBD: 795 km

  • State: NSW

  • Latitude: -28.5385006399998

  • Longitude: 153.301621393333

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Mount Matheson loop is a 3km, grade 3 Circuit hike located in the Nightcap National Park, NSW. The hike should take approximately 1.5hrs to complete.


Experience the variety of the unique landscape along the Mount Matheson loop. On this short walking track you’ll hike through the lush rainforest that encircles Mount Matheson, before reaching the dramatic cliff edges that feature eucalypt forests. It’s not a long walk but some might find it challenging, so you’ll need to be reasonably fit, and remember to bring plenty of water.
The walk starts and ends at Mount Nardi picnic area, a small grassy area with a couple of barbecues and a picnic table.
You may want to use this loop walk to reach the Pholis Gap or historic Nightcap walking tracks. Pholis Gap is a good option to extend the loop into a day walk, and you can take the Nightcap track if you’d like to do some overnight walking and bush camping.

About the Region

Nightcap National Park in the North Coast region
Nightcap National Park is open sunrise to sunset but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

Getting There

On entering Nightcap National park, Mount Matheson loop is on the left-hand side of the road just before you reach Mount Nardi picnic area. Parking Parking is available at Mount Nardi carpark a short distance from the start of the track.

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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