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Slingsbys trail and Syndicate Ridge track is a 15km, grade 5 One Way hike located in the Dorrigo National Park, NSW. The hike should take approximately 7hrs to complete.
Serious adventurers will love Slingsbys trail and Syndicate Ridge track, a challenging pathway across a variety of landscapes – from scenic grassy plains to a breathtaking escarpment and ancient Gondwana rainforest.
The walk begins along Slingsbys trail, stretching 6.5km to Lanes lookout along gently undulating terrain that’s also suitable for mountain biking. You’ll pass through the grasslands of Killungoondie Plain, which the Gunbaynggirr People once kept clear for hunting and camping by using spot fires. Today, it makes a surprising contrast to the surrounding rainforest, thick and atmospheric.
Eventually, you’ll reach high points along the escarpment, including Lanes lookout and Stony Creek lookout, with stunning scenic views on clear days across the surrounding landscape. Bring binoculars for birdwatching, but remember to look down around your feet too as Syndicate Ridge was the site of an innovative logging tramway that operated in the early twentieth century. Remnants of the back-breaking operation can still be seen around the trail.
Syndicate Ridge track from the escarpment is a much steeper and more difficult trail, so hiking experience is recommended. Signage is also limited here, so be sure to carry a compass and map or GPS.
Take a virtual tour of Slingsbys trail and Syndicate Ridge track captured with Google Street View Trekker.
About the Region
Dorrigo National Park in the North Coast region
Dorrigo National Park is open daily (except Christmas Day) 9am to 4.30pm but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.
9am to 4.30pm daily. Closed Christmas Day.
To Adams Road. To start the walk along Slingsby trail:Drive 10km north of Dorrigo along Megan RoadTurn onto Slingsby RoadThe trail begins at the end, and finishes at the northern end of Adams Lane, Glennifer. Park entry points Adams Road See on map Slingsbys Road See on map Parking Parking is available at the end of Slingsbys Road and at the end of Adams Lane, Gleniffer. Please do not block any farm gates with your vehicle at either of these locations.
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.