Tops to Myall Heritage Trail
  • Length: 220km

  • Duration: 11 days

  • Grade: 4-5

  • Style: One Way

  • Start: Lagoon Pinch picnic area

  • End: Tea Gardens

  • Closest Town: Salisbury

  • Location: Hunter Valley Region

  • Distance from state capital: 264km

  • State: NSW

  • Latitude: -32.1107286933332

  • Longitude: 151.476734426667

Trail Access

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Bitumen Road

Gravel Road

Easy Access

Steep Road

Winding Road

Vehicle Ford

Speed Bumps

2WD Vehicle

4WD Vehicle

Entry Fee

Ample Parking

Accessible Parking

Wheelchair Toilet

Toilet Facilities

Camping Available

Drinking Water

Picnic Shelter

Picnic Table

BBQ Facilities

Fire Pit

Trail Features

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Concrete Path

Timber Boardwalk

Gravel Path

Sandy Trail

Rough Trail

No Defined Trail

Manual Wheelchair

Motorised Wheelchair

Prams and Strollers

Bike Friendly

Overnight Campsites

River Crossings

Rock Scrambling

Bush Bashing

Exposed Ledges

Trail Markers

Drinking Water

Fishing Spots

Swimming Spots

Dog Friendly

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The Tops to Myall Heritage Trail is a 220km hike in the Hunter Region of New South Wales. It is a multi-grade, one way trail that should take approximately 11 days to complete


The Tops to Myall Heritage Trail is a track in the Hunter Valley, New South Wales. It starts on the crest of the Great Dividing Range – say the Australian Appalachians – north of Sydney on the sub-alpine plateau of the Barrington Tops National Park.

The hike descends in stages to the sea, where you will end up in the seaside town of Tea Gardens. Since the trail is rarely walked, the current status should be checked before setting off.


The track has 10 designated campsites and takes 11 days to walk. The suggested itinerary is as follows:

  1. Lagoon Pinch to Wombat Creek, 10 km
  2. To Munro Hut (private hut – donation requested), 20 km
  3. To Mountaineer (camp), 24 km
  4. To Log Dump (camp), 28 km
  5. To Wards River (in Craven State Forest), 28 km
  6. To Little River Campsite, 25 km
  7. To Shorty’s Camp, 25 km
  8. To Korseman’s Landing, 27 km
  9. To Bombah Point, 7 km (mornings walk), shops
  10. To Brambles Green, 16 km
  11. To Hawks Nest Surf Club, 20 km

Getting there

The track is located about 264km north of Sydney and heads from the crest of the Great Dividing Range east to the coast. The eastern end of the track is close to the major highway from Sydney to Brisbane and is serviced by many buses. The western end has no regular defined services and either private transport is needed or charter a local bus. Another alternative to the western end is to stay the first night at a guest house near Barrington Tops and use the guests house bus to get to the walk start. The guide book has details of these alternatives.

Lagoon Pinch picnic area is in the Lagoon Pinch to Williams River precinct of Barrington Tops National Park. To get there: Take Chichester Dam Road from Dungog for approximately 10km. Turn left into Salisbury Road. Continue on for approximately 40km, taking Williams Top Road, and follow the signs to the picnic area.

2 thoughts on “Tops to Myall Heritage Trail (220km)

  1. This walk was considered ‘closed’ for several years after the new highway cut the access near Bulahdelah. But we have found a safe workaround on Day 8 between Shortys Camp and Korsmans Landing. We have completed the track notes for the whole walk and they will be available as e-notes soon. Just shoot us an email if you’d like to be notified when they are complete.