Starlights trail Trail Hiking Australia
  • Length: 11km

  • Duration: 4.5hrs

  • Grade: 4

  • Style: Return

  • Start: Nattai Road-w11e, Wattle Ridge

  • End: Nattai Road-w11e, Wattle Ridge

  • Location: Nattai National Park

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  • Distance from CBD: 122 km

  • State: NSW

  • Latitude: -34.29713597

  • Longitude: 150.4289542

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Starlights trail is a 11km, grade 4 return hike, located in the Nattai National Park, New South Wales. The hike should take approximately 4.5hrs to complete.

Hike Summary

Starlights trail is part of the greater trail network between Mittagong and Katoomba, where you can walk for up to seven days in complete, untouched wilderness.
A favourite bushwalker's hike, this walk runs through Nattai National Park and into Nattai Wilderness, with astonishing views of Nattai River and its surrounding cliffs.
Along the way, you'll enjoy majestic views from Ahearn lookout of cliffs and bluffs. Walkers travelling south of Emmetts Flat can also see glimpses of the towering Russell's needle sandstone spur and Mount Jellore.
Many eucalyptus trees will line your path, as well as pockets of blue-leaved stringybark forest and, on Nattai River, majestic stands of Nattai Sandstone River peppermint forest.

About the region

Nattai National Park has plenty of astonishing beauty on offer, including Nattai River, the dominant Hawkesbury sandstone cliffs, and the inspiring views out over the park from Mount Jellore.

Throughout the park, you’ll spot a large variety of animals, like wallaroos, emus, wallabies, grey kangaroos, wombats, and dingos. There are also over 160 species of birds in the area, including some truly magnificent owls and birds of prey. Keep your eyes open for platypus in the river, squirrel gliders and koalas in the trees, and rock wallabies on the ground.

You can enjoy rugged hiking in an amazing setting of giant, craggy sandstone cliffs and unspoilt bushland nestled amidst the peace and tranquillity of the valley. Try Starlight’s trail or Couridjah Corridor walk. There’s also a remote campground by the Nattai River known as Emitts Flat, which can be found at the end of Starlight’s trail.

Getting there

On entering Nattai National Park:Start from the end of Wattle Ridge Road west of the township of Hilltop. A visitor carpark with visitor information is located at the start of the walk at Wattle Ridge carpark.Walkers then access the Nattai Road fire trail then deviate onto the Starlight's trail, dropping into the Nattai Valley. Parking Parking is available at Wattle Ridge carpark.

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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