Griffins Fire Trail
[Currently closed due to fire damage] Griffins Fire Trail, in Morton National Park, starts at the end of Jacks Corner Road in the western part of Kangaroo Valley. The trail passes through tall forest and descends through magical rock gardens to the pristine waters of Yarrunga Creek. After crossing Yurrunga Creek you start to see evidence of old stone walls and a gate post as well as the ruins of an old homestead. A lovely clearing by the creek makes a great lunch spot. Crankeys Creek is a further 1.5k on and another pleasant spot for a break. This is also the turnaround point. For a longer walk or bike ride you can continue on to Meryla Pass (11k from start). This is a steep climb up from Crankeys Creek and is either a return walk of 22k or involves a lengthy car shuffle (See Old Meryla Road).
Do not attempt to cross Yarrunga Creek after heavy rain. Crossing creeks in flood can be life threatening.
Although there is plenty of shade, this walk is best done in spring, autumn or winter. If walking in summer avoid the hottest part of the day. The turnaround point is at Griffin Farm or Crankeys Creek where there is fresh water for cooling off. Please boil or sterilize water before drinking. If walking in spring or summer keep an eye out for snakes basking in the heat. All snakes should be treated with caution and left alone. Let someone know where you are going and when you are due back. Dogs are not allowed in the park. There is no mobile phone reception once you leave the village, at the car park or on the walk. Walk-in camping permitted at Gales Flat and Griffin Farm.
How to get there
Griffin Fire Trail starts about 13km from the Kangaroo Valley post office. From the post office cross Hampden Bridge and take the first left into Bendeela Road. At 6.3km you will pass the Kangaroo Valley Pump and Power Station. After this the road name changes to Jacks Corner Road. The last 1.3km is unsealed. Park your car where you see a Morton National Park sign (13.1km), where the road swings to the left.
Take with you
Take plenty of water (reusable water bottles and drinking water available in the village), a small towel to dry your feet, sun protection, comfy walking shoes and a first aid kit. Warm and wet weather gear should be included in your pack as weather can change very suddenly. Take snacks or lunch for this half to full day walk. A map or sat nav is a useful addition. Wildflower and bird field guides for enthusiasts.
Wet and Dry Sclerophyll Forest: Narrow-leaved Paperbark, Grey Gum, Red Bloodwood, White Stringy-bark, Blue-leaved Stringybark, Rough-barked Apple, Turpentine, Large-fruited Red Mahogany, Scribbly Gum, Black She-oak, Geebung, Banksia, Burrawang, Mountain Devil, Lemon-scented Tea-tree. Along Yarrunga Creek: Sydney Blue Gum, Water Gum, Willow paper-bark, River Oak, Black Wattle,Tree Fern, Sandpaper Fig.
Wombat, swamp wallaby, echidna, eastern grey kangaroo, yellow bellied glider, powerful owl, wedge-tailed eagle, yellow- tailed black cockatoo, eastern spinebill, new holland honeyeater, lewin’s honeyeater, wattlebird, azure kingfisher, lyrebird, goanna.
- Griffins Fire TrailJacks Corner RdKangaroo Valley NSW 2577
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Medium to hard. Mostly gently undulating fire trail with a 1.5km steep climb out of Yarrunga Creek on the return walk. Reasonable level of physical fitness required.
- Yarrunga Creek
11.6 km return. 5 hour walk.
- Crankeys Creek
14.6 km return. 6 hour walk.