Tops to Myall Heritage Trail
  • Length: 203km

  • Duration: 11 days

  • Grade: 4-5

  • Style: One Way

  • Start: Lagoon Pinch picnic area

  • End: Tea Gardens

  • Location: Hunter Valley Region

  • Closest Town: Salisbury

  • Distance from CBD: 264km

  • State: NSW

  • Latitude: -32.11072869

  • Longitude: 151.4767344

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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

Hike Summary

The Tops to Myall Heritage Trail is a 203km walking track in the Hunter Region of New South Wales.

The track starts on the sub-alpine plateau on the crest of the Great Dividing Range in the Barrington Tops National Park and takes you through Snow gums and towering Antarctic beech forests before gradually descending in stages to the coast through extensive native state forests, coastal heaths and rainforest of the Myall Lakes National Park

The Tops to Myall Heritage Trail ends at the seaside town of Tea Gardens, a small township adjacent the northern head of Port Stephens. It is separated from Hawks Nest by the ever-widening mouth of the Myall River, which runs from the Myall Lakes and empties into Port Stephens.


The Tops to Myall Heritage Trail has 10 designated campsites and takes 11 days to walk. The suggested itinerary is as follows (distances are approximate):

  1. Lagoon Pinch to Wombat Creek, 10 km
  2. Munro Hut (private hut - donation requested), 20 km
  3. Mountaineer (camp), 24 km
  4. Log Dump (camp), 28 km
  5. Wards River (in Craven State Forest), 28 km
  6. Little River Campsite, 25 km
  7. Shorty's Camp, 25 km
  8. Korseman's Landing, 27 km
  9. Bombah Point, 7 km (mornings walk), shops
  10. Brambles Green, 16 km
  11. Tea Gardens Foreshore, 22 km

About the region

The Hunter Valley, north of Sydney in New South Wales, is one of Australia's major wine regions, with a viticultural history dating back to the early 1800s. Known for varietals such as Semillon and Shiraz, it’s home to numerous wineries, including world-renowned brands and family-run boutique operations. Most are located south of the Hunter River and offer cellar door wine tastings and vineyard tours.

Barrington Tops National Park

Immerse yourself in the World Heritage-listed Gondwana Rainforests of Barrington Tops National Park. Easy walks, overnight hikes, great picnic, fishing and camping spots await.

The rainforests of Barrington Tops National Park are of international significance; forming part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area. Carved out of ancient volcanic flows, the park rises from near sea level to over 1500m and protects one of the largest temperate rainforests in mainland Australia, along with a host of diverse habitats and wide range of birds and animals.

The park is a bushwalker’s paradise, with an excellent walking track network that includes short and easy walks to more difficult overnight hikes, with plenty of sites to set up a bush camp for the evening.

Myall Lakes National Park

Myall Lakes National Park, on the north coast not far from Newcastle, features one of the State’s largest coastal lake systems that offers countless opportunities for canoeing and kayaking, boating and fishing. The park also boasts more than 40kms of beaches that offer some good swimming and surfing spots.

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.

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.

Tea Gardens is located 223 km north of Sydney via the Pacific Highway, 76 km north-east of Newcastle, 11 km from the Pacific Highway and 16 m above sea-level.


  • Opened in 1993, the Tops to Myall Heritage Trail has fallen has not been used often and has become somewhat difficult to follow. There has been some realignment of the original track due to land ownership and road development. Expect limited signage as funding has resulted in the decline of signage
  • Tops to Myall Heritage Trail is rarely walked, so check the current status before setting off.
  • The only guide book I could find is a 48 page one titled, 'A Walkers Guide to The Tops to Myalls Heritage Trail'. It does seem to be out of print but you might be able to find it online at through your library.

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Total distance: 203413 m
Max elevation: 1508 m
Min elevation: 0 m
Total climbing: 6622 m
Total descent: -7304 m
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2 thoughts on “Tops to Myall Heritage Trail (203km)

  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.

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