Old Meryla Road

Follow an historic aboriginal route and old road, see beautiful views stretching across the valley, enjoy lush vegetation and a waterfront lunch spot. Allow a full day for this walk.

The Old Meryla Road is a fascinating glimpse back to a time of early exploration and hand built roads. After the steep descent from Meryla Pass most of the trail is a well shaded, gradual slope. The trail descends through lush rainforest and wet sclerophyll forest and passes an historic coal seam and the old farm area of Gales flat. After 2.5km the Old Meryla Road branches off to the right from the main track and continues for 5.5km until it disappears into the stored water of Lake Yarrunga which was flooded in 1975.

The Old Meryla Road is historically significant on two counts: It was the route of the first entry into Kangaroo Valley in 1818 by a white man, Charles Throsby. He was led into the Valley by an Aboriginal man known as ‘Timelong’. Nearly 80 years later, in 1896, a road was constructed on this route. There are amazing stone retaining walls, especially where the creeks cross under the trail. On the high side of the trail you can see evidence of drill holes used for fracturing the solid rock. Lake Yarrunga is a good spot for lunch before retracing your steps back to the car park. The last 3km of the return walk is a steep climb back to the car park.

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 Lake Yarrunga where there is fresh water for cooling off. Boil or sterilise 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 mobile phone reception at the car park but not on the walk. Walk-in camping permitted at Gales Flat.

How to get there

The walk starts at Meryla Pass in Morton National Park which is 46km or around a one hour drive from the Kangaroo Valley post office. The road is mostly sealed except for the last 10km which are dirt but suitable for 2WD cars. There are some rough sections including fording a shallow creek. From Kangaroo Valley post office cross Hampden Bridge and continue up Barrengarry Mountain. At just over 17km is Fitzroy Falls Visitors Centre with a wonderful waterfall, cafe and toilets. Continue straight ahead towards Moss Vale for around 12km until you pass route 79 on your right (to Moss Vale and Bowral). Just after this, at 30.5km, turn left into Meryla Road. In around 6km the road becomes dirt and at 46.3km you arrive at the end of the road.

Take with you

Take plenty of water, 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 and lunch for this full day walk. A map or sat nav is a useful addition. Wildflower and bird field guides for enthusiasts.

Flora

Blueberry Ash, Brown Barrel, Sydney Peppermint, Cabbage Tree Palm, Callicoma, Coachwood, Jackwood, Daisy-bush, Grass-flag , Grey Gum, Grey Myrtle, Lillypilly, Pencil Cedar, Pittosporum, Sandpaper Fig, Sassafras, Tree Fern, Turpentine, Two-veined Hickory, White Stringy Bark.

Fauna

Greater and Yellow-bellied Glider, Ring-tailed Possum, Sugar Glider, Swamp Wallaby, Wombat, Long-nosed Bandicoot, Water Skink, Sacred Kingfisher, Brown Goshawk, Yellow- tailed Black-cockatoo, Crimson Rosella, King Parrot, Wonga Pigeon, Superb Lyre bird, Satin Bowerbird, White-browed Scrub-wren, White-throated Treecreeper, Eastern Yellow Robin, Golden Whistler, Lewins Honeyeater, Pied Currawong.

  • Old Meryla Road
    Old Meryla Rd Track
    Meryla NSW 2577
  • Grade

    Medium to Hard. Mostly easy graded trail. Last 3km return is a steep climb. Good level of physical fitness required.

    Length

    16km return

    Time

    6 hour walk