Griffins Fire Trail
Where: Kangaroo Valley
This is a fantastic walk best suited for older children and families with a moderate level of fitness – Jacks Corner to Griffins Farm is a 12km return walk on well maintained and marked fire trail. This trail is a favourite track for mountain bike enthusiasts who travel down the trail via Meryla Pass near Fitzroy Falls so you can always bring your bikes along!
Griffins Fire Trail is a great step up walk for families wanting to immerse themselves into the beauty of Morton National Park away from the crowds of busier trails.
The trail itself is a wide fire trail that heads down the valley towards Yurunga Creek. You will initially pass through tall forest and then be taken through a section of amazing rock formations and boulders. You will need to climb over a gate that is locked to vehicles before continuing downhill to picturesque Yurunga Creek which you will need to pass through as the trail continues to the other side. What a great opportunity for a quick splash about! You can wade through the water (usually only ankle deep) or use the logs on the left-hand side of the trail for the drier option (never attempt to cross a creek after heavy rain!). The trail follows around to the left and steadily heads uphill.
The next section is lush green rainforest where you will soon spot relics of the old stone wall that was part of the old farm lining the trail. Just ahead look for a small clearing on the left and you will see the steps which is all that remains of Griffins Farm. The Griffin family were timber cutters who lived here between the 1940’s and 1970’s.
Continue a few hundred metres further and you will see a campground and toilet on the left. This is a great spot for lunch and perhaps a splash in the creek that runs behind the campground. You can camp here for free if you plan to stay and to turn your walk into an overnight hike. (BYO everything!)
For the brave the trail does continue for another 5km uphill on what’s called Meryla Pass (the original route down to Kangaroo Valley from the Highlands) – making for a very strenuous 22km return walk back to Jack’s Corner. This is perhaps best left to explore on an overnight stay at the campground, or without the kids!
Retrace your steps exactly back up to vehicle.
This area has no mobile reception or rubbish bins, so please take your rubbish home with you.
Getting there: Turn right onto Bendeela Road after crossing Hampden Bridge heading west. Follow for approximately 11km until you see a large national park sign with Jacks Corner on it (its located on a large sweeping bend – you can’t miss it!). There is a small parking area and picnic tables.
Photo by Sky Martin
A huge thank you to our guest blogger Sky from @3kidsandabackpack for this post! Follow Sky’s wonderful expeditions on Instagram!
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