Starlights Trail
Gundungurra Country

4 h 30 min, 7 h to 2 days

13.1 km

↑ 687 m
↓ -687 m

Hard track
Starlights Trail is a part of the greater trail, connecting Mittagong and Katoomba. This return walk takes you from Nattai Road through Nattai National Park and passes the Emmets Flat campsite. Let us begin by acknowledging the Gundungurra people, 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.
Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start Nattai National Park Entry (-34.2972151,150.428727)
Mode Car
DirectionsFrom Wilson Drive
  • Turn on to Coates Road then drive for 650 m
  • Turn left onto Coates Road and drive for another 390 m
  • Turn right onto Wattle Ridge Road and drive for another 5.8 km
  • Keep left onto Nattai Road - W11E and drive for another 1.7 km
Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Turn map Directions & comments
Nattai National Park Entry Start (a vehicle track).
Find the Nattai National Park Entry at the start.
Find the car park at the start.
After 670 m head through/around the gate.
After another 1.1 km veer left.
Then pass the "Starlights Trail Turnoff Sign".
After another 380 m veer right.
After another 270 m continue straight.
After another 115 m pass the "Point Hill" (135 m on your left).
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. Side trip from Emmetts Flat campsite to McArthurs Flat campsite. To start this optional side trip turn left here. On returning from this side trip continue straight when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 3.6 km veer right.
After another 30 m come to the "Emmetts Flat" (20 m on your right).
Continue another 400 m to find the end. Then turn around here and retrace the main route for 6.6 km to get back to the start.

Side trip from Emmetts Flat campsite to McArthurs Flat campsite.
Turn map Directions & comments
After another 290 m come to "McArthurs Flat".
The end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 290 m to the main route.
Know the Hills, grading & facilities

Starlights Trail

Class 4/6
Hard track
Length 13.1 km
Time 4 h 30 min, 7 h to 2 days
Quality of track Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)
Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Signage Minimal directional signs (4/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged) (4/6)
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
Camp site: There are 2 on route, on average they are 4.6 km apart with the largest gap of 7 km.

Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Camp site
6.1 km + 335 mMcArthurs Flat
Camp site
6.2 kmEmmetts Flat
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