Crystal Cascades to Kennedy Highway

5 h 30 min to 9 h

2 h 45 min to 4 h 30 min

22.5 km
oneway

↑ 1089 m
↓ -761 m

Hard track
Starting from the end of Redlynch Intake Road, Redlynch, this walk explores the woodlands of Dinden National Park as it meanders along Clohesy River, visiting Copperlode Dam and Clohesy Fig Tree along the way. Embark on a lengthy journey that’s going to test your endurance whilst rewarding you with panoramic views, lovely little birds and the peaceful feeling of remoteness. Regardless if you’re on a bike, running or taking your time; this trip is going to be a good experience (considering you have the required amount of fitness and navigational skills). The picnic area near the dam offers truly exceptional views over Lake Morris and can be a great place to pause and rest. Another place to stop would be the Clohesy Fig Tree, where there’s a boardwalk taking you to the humongous tree. Notice the change in vegetation as you make your way through the woodland. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
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Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start (-16.9620322,145.6796013)
Mode Car
DirectionsFrom Mulgrave Road, A1
  • Turn on to McCoombe Street, 91 then drive for 2.4 km
  • Keep left onto Pease Street, 91 and drive for another 5.8 km
  • Turn left onto Redlynch Connection Road and drive for another 1.2 km
  • At roundabout, take exit 1 onto Redlynch Intake Road and drive for another 7.9 km
Finish (-16.9059652,145.5667624)
Mode (end) Car Shuttle   Car  
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the Crystal Cascades car park at the end of Redlynch Intake Road, head towards the picnic area along the dirt track as you pass by informative signposts to your left, moving directly away from the road. 165 metres in, make a perpendicular left turn at the 3-way intersection near the picnic tables to continue along Crystal Cascades to Kennedy Highway Track.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start heading along Redlynch Intake Road.
There is a toilet (about 60 m back from the start).
Find the car park at the start.
Find the gate at the start.
Find the shelter at the start.
Find the Crystal Cascades at the start.
After another 115 m pass a seat (on your right).
Turn left, to head along Crystal Cascades - Copperlode Dam Track.
After another 20 m pass the shelter (30 m on your right).
After another 2.3 km (at the intersection of Lake Morris Road & Crystal Cascades - Copperlode Dam Track) turn right, to head along Lake Morris Road (a vehicle track).
After another 450 m (at the intersection of Lake Morris Road & Bridle Creek Road) turn left, to head along Bridle Creek Road (a service road).
After another 225 m pass the toilet (60 m on your right).
Then come to the viewpoint (40 m on your right).
After another 20 m pass the cafe (45 m on your right).
After another 55 m cross the bridge (about 80 m long)
After another 60 m head through/around the gate.
After another 105 m veer right, to head along Bridle Creek Road.
After another 2.1 km head through/around the gate.
After another 960 m (at the intersection of Clohesy River Road & Bridle Creek Road) continue straight, to head along Clohesy River Road.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. This little side trip takes you to the Clohesy Fig Tree. To start this optional side trip turn sharp left here. On returning from this side trip veer left when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 7.1 km continue straight, to head along Clohesy River Road.
After another 1.9 km continue straight, to head along Clohesy River Road.
After another 4.2 km (at the intersection of Cedar Park Road & Clohesy River Road) continue straight, to head along Clohesy River Road (a residential road).
After another 2.8 km come to the end.

This little side trip takes you to the Clohesy Fig Tree.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 70 m come to "Clohesy Fig Tree".
Clohesy Fig Tree
Clohesy Fig Tree

After a straightforward 300-metre boardwalk, you'll be met by a stunningly big, ancient fig tree.
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After a straightforward 300-metre boardwalk, you'll be met by a stunningly big, ancient fig tree.

The end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 70 m to the main route.
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Terrain
Know the Hills, grading & facilities

Crystal Cascades to Kennedy Highway


Grading
Class 4/6
Hard track
Length 22.5 km
Time 5 h 30 min to 9 h
Quality of track Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Signage Minimal directional signs (4/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
Experience Required Moderate level of bushwalking experience recommended (4/6)
Weather Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)

Some facilities on route
Shelter: There are 2 on route, on average they are 7.5 km apart with the largest gap of 22.3 km.

Toilet: There are 2 on route, on average they are 7.5 km apart with the largest gap of 19.3 km.

Seat: There is one 175 m from the start.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Toilet
-62 m[toilet]
Shelter
55 m[shelter]
Shelter
190 m[shelter]
Toilet
3.2 km[toilet]
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