Marramarra Ridge and Smugglers Ridge circuit

4 h, 6 h 30 min to 2 days
2 h to 4 h

12.8 km
circuit

↑ 456 m
↓ -456 m

Hard track
This circuit walk takes you through Marramarra National Park along Marramarra Ridge down to Marramarra Creek. Along the way; visit the historic orange orchards, ripe for picking late winter. In Spring this whole walk, especially the ridges are alive with native wildflowers. You can have a swim in the river (best at high tide) there are also two campsites halfway if you want to lunch of even stay overnight at either Marramarra Creek campsite or the Orchard Picnic Area. 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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Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2017.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2017.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2017.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2017.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2017.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2017.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2017.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2017.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2017.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2017.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2017.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2017.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2017.
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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 (-33.542231,151.086631)
Mode Car (Rough dirt road drive to trackhead. You can park earlier and start partway through the end loop of the walk if that is easier on your car.)
DirectionsFrom Galston Road, Galston.
  • Turn on to Arcadia Road, 11 then drive for 4.1 km
  • Turn left onto Cobah Road and drive for another 430 m
  • Turn right onto Cobah Road and drive for another 7.5 km
  • Keep left onto Marramarra Ridge Trail and drive for another 1.1 km
  • Turn right and drive for another 430 m
  • Turn right onto Marramarra Ridge Trail and drive for another 1.1 km
  • Continue onto Marramarra Ridge Trail and drive for another 1.5 km
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the dirt parking area, walk around the large locked gate, to follow the 'Marramarra Ridge Trail' sign to 'Marramarra Creek' along the wide management trail.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 670 m veer left.
After another 510 m continue straight.
After another 390 m continue straight.
After another 790 m continue straight.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. Side trip to Orchard Campground via the orange orchards. A lovely sidetrip along the side of the river. (No facilities at Orchard Campground) To start this optional side trip turn right here. On returning from this side trip veer right when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 490 m continue straight.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. Side trip to Marramarra Creek Campsite To start this optional side trip continue straight here. On returning from this side trip veer left when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 800 m turn left.
There is a national parks sign marking this faint intersection
After another 4.3 km continue straight.
After another 30 m continue straight.
After another 1.3 km continue straight.
After another 590 m continue straight.
After another 25 m turn left.
After another 320 m continue straight.
After another 80 m continue straight.
After another 980 m continue straight.
After another 1.5 km come to the end.

Side trip to Marramarra Creek Campsite
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After 140 m pass the toilet (15 m on your right).
After another 30 m come to the "Marramarra Creek" (10 m on your left).
Campsite managed byNSW National Parks and Wildlife Service.
After another 25 m come to the end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 200 m to the main route.

Side trip to Orchard Campground via the orange orchards. A lovely sidetrip along the side of the river. (No facilities at Orchard Campground)
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 1.1 km come to the end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 1.1 km to the main route.
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Terrain
Know the Hills, grading & facilities

Marramarra Ridge and Smugglers Ridge circuit


Grading
Class 4/6
Hard track
Length 12.8 km
Time 4 h, 6 h 30 min to 2 days
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
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 is one 3.6 km (plus an extra 175 m along side route) from the start.

Toilet: There is one 3.6 km (plus an extra 140 m along side route) from the start.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Toilet
3.6 km[toilet]
Camp site
3.6 kmMarramarra Creek
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