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Australia - New South Wales
CATHEDRAL ROCK NATIONAL PARK

 

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INTRODUCTION

The Cathedral Rock National Park is located about 70km east of Armidale. It is reached by either the Armidale-Grafton Road or the Ebor-Guyra Road (the route is also known as the Waterfall Way). This is a park that is well worth a visit. Ebor and Ebor Falls are located only about 10km from the national park.

This national park protects an area that has a number of impressive landforms, including Cathedral Rock and Woolpack Rocks.

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LOCATION MAP

The following map is a rough guide only, providing approximate locations.


View Cathedral Rock National Park in a larger map

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FEES

Camping fees apply at Cathedral Rock National Park. During my recent visit (2011) they were $5.00 a night, payable at the self-registration stations in the park at the camping areas.

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ATTRACTIONS/WALKS

To visit Cathedral Rock itself, you need to travel on the Armidale-Grafton Road (Waterfall Way). You turn off this road onto a gravel road that leads to the Barokee Rest Area (a further 8km from the turn off).

The Barokee Rest Area is situated near a heathland swamp on the Oaky River. Kangaroos and Wallabies are known to frequent the area. Both camping and picnic areas can be found at Barokee Rest Area.

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Cathedral Rock Track

The Cathedral Rock Track (5.8km - 2-3 hours) begins at the Barokee Rest Area. The walk crosses the swampy area and is then continued in a clockwise direction. A 400m trail leads off the track to the summit of Cathedral Rock. There are great views from the top.

Note that to reach the summit via the track leading off the Cathedral Rock Track circuit, there are areas of rock to clamber over, with use of the hands required and a chain to reach the top (installed on the rock). The circuit track itself is not too difficult, but the track that heads off to the summit can be difficult.

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Round Mountain

Vehicle access to Round Mountain is prohibted from about the Barokee Rest Area (gated). Walkers however are able to continue on to the summit of Round Mountain.

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Woolpack Rocks Track

To visit Woolpack Rocks you travel on the Ebor-Guyra Road before turning off onto the road to Native Dog Creek Rest Area. There are both camping and picnic sites at the rest area.

The Woolpack Rocks track is started at the Native Dog Creek Rest Area. It is an easy to medium 7.5km return walk (2-3 hours). A track leads off from the main track to the summit of Woolpack Rocks. It is well worth exploring the area around the summit (a most interesting place). The main track continues to Barokee Rest Area, so return the way you came.

Note that to reach the summit via the track leading off the Barokee - Native Dog Creek Track, there are areas of rock to clamber over, with use of the hands required and a ladder to reach the top (installed on the rock). The main track itself is not too difficult, but the track that heads off to the summit can be difficult.

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Warrigal Track

The Warrigal Track is an easy 1km circuit (10-20 minutes) through woodland. It is also reached from Native Dog Creek Rest Area.

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Barokee - Native Dog Creek Track

The Barokee - Native Dog Creek Track is a 10.5km one way walk from either direction. This walk crosses the range in the center of the national park. The trip is completed by returning the same way, or by arranging a ride from the intended rest area destination (either Barokee or Native Dog Creek).

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CAMPING/FACILITIES

Barokee Rest Area

This camping area has access to water by way of the small stream that passes nearby. It is always wise to boil water gained in such a way for at least 3 minutes before drinking or to use the various purification tablets/systems available these days.

The camping area provides fireplaces and toilets. The camping sites are well set out. There is usually some firewood provided, but it is always best to bring your own (which will also ensure dry firewood). There are about 11 campsites provided.

Native animals can be seen in the vicinity of the camping area, including grey kangaroos, swamp wallabies and possums.

Note: Do not attempt to reach Barokee with caravans. Caravans are permitted at Native Dog Creek Rest Area.

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Native Dog Creek Rest Area:

This camping area has access to water by way of the small stream that passes nearby. It is always wise to boil water gained in such a way for at least 3 minutes before drinking or to use the various purification tablets/systems available these days.

The camping area provides fireplaces and toilets. There is usually some firewood provided, but it is always best to bring your own (which will also ensure dry firewood).

There are about 12 campsites provided, with some room for caravans.

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PHOTOS

The following photo albums include photos taken at Cathedral Rock National Park:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/kevinmatthews/sets/72157626464149504/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/kevinmatthews/sets/72157626562579495/

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MY VISITS

I visited this national park with a group of friends in January 1999.

For photos of this visit:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/kevinmatthews/sets/72157626464149504/

My most recent visit to Cathedral Rock National Park took place in May 2011 (3 May 2011) as part of my NSW North East Wilderness Walks 2011 holiday.

For more visit:
http://kevinswilderness.com/NSW/NSWNorthEastWildernessWalks2011.html

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UPDATED: 11 May 2011

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