Conondale Range Great Walk

3 days to 4 days

51.5km
oneway

↑ 2653 m
↓ -2653 m

Hard track
Starting from the Booloumba Creek Day Use Area, Kenilworth, this circuit walk gives you a tour of the Conondale Range via the 56 km long Conondale Range Great Walk, visiting heaps of landmarks along the way. From waterfalls to unique works of art and historic sites, this walk is filled with experiences. You can swim in the cool waters of Booloumba Creek, take in the panoramic views from any of the lookouts along the way or just enjoy this adventurous journey through this diversely vegetated national park. Learn more about the history of the area beforehand to see the signs of logging more clearly. The walk is usually quite empty and you have a chance of not seeing anybody for the entire circuit, so be ready for that immense feeling of remoteness. Look out for snakes. Depending on the weather and track conditions, you may need to park your vehicle 2-3 kilometres up north and cross Booloumba Creek twice on foot unless you have a 4WD vehicle with good clearance. 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 (-26.6448896,152.6496403)
Mode Car (Depending on the weather and track conditions, you may need to park your vehicle 2-3 kilometres up north and cross Booloumba Creek twice on foot unless you have a 4WD vehicle with good clearance.)
Finish (-26.6448896,152.6496403)
Mode (end) Car Shuttle   Car   (Depending on the weather and track conditions, you may need to park your vehicle 2-3 kilometres up north and cross Booloumba Creek twice on foot unless you have a 4WD vehicle with good clearance.)
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From Booloumba Creek Day Use Area(off Booloumba Creek Road), follow the signage and head along the singular walking track(Conondale Range Great Walk) as you move directly away from the dirt/gravel road. After about 325 metres, turn sharp left at the 4-way intersection to continue along the Conondale Range Great Walk (clockwise).....
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Booloumba Creek Day Use Area to Wongai Walkers Camp
4h to 6h
10.7km
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
There is a toilet (about 25m back from the start).
After 255m come to the "Booloumba Creek No 3 Campground" camp site (110m on your left).
After another 95m (at the intersection of Boloomba Ck No1 campground to Great Walk & Conondale Range Great Walk) turn left, to head along Conondale Range Great Walk.
After another 980m (at the intersection of Conondale Range Great Walk & Creek circuit) continue straight, to head along Conondale Range Great Walk.
After another 550m pass a seat (5m on your right)., has a backrest.
The starting point of an alternate route. An alternate route visiting the abandoned gold mine entrance that is barred up. Features a steep incline and a gradual decline if you're coming from the Booloumba Creek Day Use Area direction. To follow the alternate route: Veer right Details below.
After another 100m (at the intersection of Gold Mine Circuit & Conondale Range Great Walk) continue straight, to head along Conondale Range Great Walk.
This is the end of the alternate route. Veer right to rejoin the main route at the 2.2km waypoint. Details below.
After another 210m (at the intersection of Gold Mine Circuit & Conondale Range Great Walk) veer left, to head along Conondale Range Great Walk.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. This little side trip takes you to the Strangler Cairn, a unique work of art made by the renowned artist Andy Goldsworthy. To start this optional side trip: Turn right Details below.
After another 350m continue straight, to head along Conondale Range Great Walk.
After another 2.8km cross the ford.
After another 15m pass the "Artists Cascades" waterfall (15m on your right).
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. This optional but recommended side trip takes you to the Booloumba Falls Lookout. You can turn left and head down the steps to access the base of the waterfall and rock pools. Enjoy the cool mountain water as it rejuvenates your legs. Remember to check the water beforehand. To start this optional side trip: Turn right Details below.
After another 3.2km continue straight, to head along Conondale Range Great Walk.
After another 420m continue straight.
After another 580m veer left, to head along Conondale Range Great Walk.
After another 85m pass the Booloumba Falls Car Park (85m on your right).
After another 80m pass a seat (20m on your right).
At the intersection of Booloumba Creek Road & Conondale Range Great Walk continue straight, to head along Conondale Range Great Walk.
After another 760m come to the "Wongai Walkers Camp" camp site (135m on your left).
After another 230m (at the intersection of Conondale Range Great Walk & Canondale Range Great! Walk) turn left, to head along Canondale Range Great! Walk.
After another 55m come to a toilet
About 55m past the end is a water tap

This optional but recommended side trip takes you to the Booloumba Falls Lookout. You can turn left and head down the steps to access the base of the waterfall and rock pools. Enjoy the cool mountain water as it rejuvenates your legs. Remember to check the water beforehand.
Turn map Directions & comments
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After 155m pass the "Booloumba Falls" waterfall (25m on your left).
After another 20m pass a seat (on your right).
A viewpoint
About 85m past the end is The Breadknife
The Breadknife
The Breadknife

A rock formation located at the confluence of Peters and Booloumba creeks.
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A rock formation located at the confluence of Peters and Booloumba creeks.

About 55m past the end is a cave
About 50m past the end is a cave
The end.

This little side trip takes you to the Strangler Cairn, a unique work of art made by the renowned artist Andy Goldsworthy.
Turn map Directions & comments
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After another 60m come to Strangler Cairn
Strangler Cairn
Strangler Cairn

A granite cairn made by renowned artist Andy Goldsworthy that has a strangler fig sapling planted on top of it, standing 4 metres tall above ground. It is expected that the roots of the strangler fig will wrap around the man-made cairn in about a hundred years, making it an exceptional work of art for future generations.
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A granite cairn made by renowned artist Andy Goldsworthy that has a strangler fig sapling planted on top of it, standing 4 metres tall above ground. It is expected that the roots of the strangler fig will wrap around the man-made cairn in about a hundred years, making it an exceptional work of art for future generations.

The end.

An alternate route visiting the abandoned gold mine entrance that is barred up. Features a steep incline and a gradual decline if you're coming from the Booloumba Creek Day Use Area direction.
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Gold Mine Circuit & Conondale Range Great Walk heading along Gold Mine Circuit (a walking track).
After 280m find the "Gold Mine" historical (35m on your right).
Gold Mine
Gold Mine

An abondoned barred-up gold mine from the 1920s.
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An abondoned barred-up gold mine from the 1920s.

Turn left, to head along Gold Mine Circuit.

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Wongai to Tallowwood
7h to 8h 30 min
16.5km
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
Then come to the "Wongai Walkers Camp" camp site.
There is water tap (about 55m back from the start).
There is a toilet (about 40m back from the start).
After another 95m (at the intersection of Conondale Range Great Walk & Canondale Range Great! Walk) turn left, to head along Conondale Range Great Walk.
After another 3.6km (at the intersection of South Goods Road & Conondale Range Great Walk) continue straight, to head along Conondale Range Great Walk.
After another 820m continue straight, to head along Conondale Range Great Walk.
After another 2.2km pass the "Mount Gerald" summit (80m on your left).
After another 9.5km (at the intersection of F Transverse Fire Trail & Conondale Range Great Walk) turn left, to head along Conondale Range Great Walk.
After another 430m come to "Tallowwood Walkers Camp" camp site

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Tallowwood to Summer Falls camp
6h to 7h 30 min
14.2km
Turn map Directions & comments
Start heading along Conondale Range Great Walk.
There is a "Tallowwood Walkers Camp" camp site (about 40m back from the start).
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. This little side trip takes you to the Peters Falls. To start this optional side trip: Turn right Details below.
After another 1.3km veer left, to head along Conondale Range Great Walk.
After another 3.7km veer right, to head along Conondale Range Great Walk.
After another 450m continue straight, to head along Conondale Range Great Walk.
After another 730m (at the intersection of Conondale Range Great Walk & Sunday Creek Road) continue straight, to head along Conondale Range Great Walk.
After another 6.2km (at the intersection of Summer Creek Road & Conondale Range Great Walk) continue straight, to head along Conondale Range Great Walk.
After another 1.6km veer left.
After another 105m pass the " "Summer Falls" viewpoint" waterfall (50m on your left).
After another 185m come to "Summer Falls Walkers Camp" camp site

This little side trip takes you to the Peters Falls.
Turn map Directions & comments
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After another 165m come to " "Peters Falls" viewpoint" waterfall
The end.

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Summer Falls to Booloumba
5h to 7h
10.1km
Turn map Directions & comments
Summer Falls Walkers Camp Start (a walking track).
Then come to the "Summer Falls Walkers Camp" camp site.
After 215m pass the " "Summer Falls" viewpoint" waterfall (50m on your right).
After another 80m veer right, to head along Conondale Range Great Walk.
After another 1.6km (at the intersection of Conondale Range Great Walk & Summer Creek Road) turn left, to head along Summer Creek Road (a vehicle track).
After another 360m (at the intersection of Conondale Range Great Walk & Summer Creek Road) veer right, to head along Conondale Range Great Walk (a walking track).
After another 1.6km (at the intersection of Conondale Range Great Walk & Summer Creek Road) continue straight, to head along Conondale Range Great Walk.
After another 75m (at the intersection of Sunday Creek Road & Conondale Range Great Walk) continue straight, to head along Conondale Range Great Walk.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. This side trip takes you to the summit of Mt. Allan, giving you great 360-degree views from the fire tower atop said mountain. Will add 20-25 minutes to your moving time. To start this optional side trip: Continue straight Details below.
After another 2km (at the intersection of Conondale Range Great Walk & Conondale Range Great Walk - Mount Allen) veer right, to head along Conondale Range Great Walk.
After another 3.6km come to the "Booloumba Creek No 3 Campground" camp site (215m on your right).
After another 230m (at the intersection of Conondale Range Great Walk & Boloomba Ck No1 campground to Great Walk) continue straight, to head along Conondale Range Great Walk.
After another 325m come to "Booloumba Creek No 4 Campground" camp site
About 25m past the end is a toilet
About 20m past the end is a seat

This side trip takes you to the summit of Mt. Allan, giving you great 360-degree views from the fire tower atop said mountain. Will add 20-25 minutes to your moving time.
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Conondale Range Great Walk - Mount Allen & Conondale Range Great Walk heading along Conondale Range Great Walk - Mount Allen (a walking track).
After another 710m (at the intersection of Mount Allan Fire Trail & Conondale Range Great Walk - Mount Allen) turn right, to head along Mount Allan Fire Trail (a vehicle track).
Then head up the very steep (10% ~ 5.7°) incline
After another 15m come to "Mount Allan Fire Tower" viewpoint
"Mount Allan" summit
The end.
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Terrain
Know the Hills, grading & facilities

Booloumba Creek Day Use Area to Wongai Walkers Camp

Wongai to Tallowwood

Tallowwood to Summer Falls camp

Summer Falls to Booloumba


Grading
Class 4/6
Hard track
Length 51.5km
Time 3 days to 4 days
Quality of track Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)
Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Signage Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
Experience Required Moderate level of bushwalking experience recommended (4/6)
Weather Foretasted & unexpected storms and severe weather may impact on navigation and safety (4/6)

Some facilities on route
Toilet: There are 2 on route, on average they are 17.2km apart with the largest gap of 40.7km.

Seat: There are 4 on route, on average they are 10.4km apart with the largest gap of 41.8km.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Toilet
-24m[toilet]
Camp site
230m "Booloumba Creek No 3 Campground" camp site
Camp site
10.4km "Wongai Walkers Camp" camp site
Toilet
10.7km[toilet]
Camp site
27.3km "Tallowwood Walkers Camp" camp site
Camp site
41.4km "Summer Falls Walkers Camp" camp site
Camp site
51.5km "Booloumba Creek No 4 Campground" camp site
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