Fern field and cave in small cliff

Saturday 27 May 2023: Tarlo River National Park – S/M-R. An exploratory walk in this National Park north-east of Goulburn.


From Garmin Connect (Epix Gen 2) – Distance: 7.01km | Climb: 170vm (Elevation Correction enabled) | Time: 1:38 moving + 3:14 of stops = 4:52 | Grading: S/M-R; M(8).

Photographs Photographs are available here.
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Track Notes

I was last in the Tarlo River National Park on 8 Aug 17. A different part of it, down by the river.

We were walking by 9.35am, paralleling the Towrang Road for a bit.

Banksias on the more open ridges

Our first points of interest, as we walked south down a drainage line near the eastern border of the NP, were two conglomerate rock overhangs.

Rock overhang 1

After passing the second one, a small cliff line began on our left.

North end of cliff-ette line

We continued south.

Walking a dry creek bed that paralleled the cliff-ette line

For morning tea, we climbed to the top of a bluff. Cool as it began to cloud over and the breeze increased.

Looking over our morning tea bluff

We climbed down under it to continue after our break.

Leaving, under the morning tea bluff

Down near the southern end of the NR it was slow going to cross the creek line and then west-ish paralleling the edge through damp, weedy growth.

What berry is this? On the S boundary of the NP, a damp and weedy area adjacent to farm land

Yup, damp and weedy

Curving up to the NW, luncheon was taken. A nice open ridge for a while to get us going again.

Open ridge walking after lunch

The next hour of walking took us 1.8km on a wandering route, contouring around a few drainage line tops.

The going at 1.10pm

The best of the best locations of the day was a lovely fern field, small cliff line and easy pass. Just delightful.

Fern field and cave in small cliff

The pass was gained through head high bracken fern.

Head high ferns

Climbing the pass

We had a short break at the top.

An easier walking back to join Towrang Road and so back to the cars.

A very interesting area. Thanks for taking us there Jeff.

Track Map

Here’s where we went.

Track Tarlo River National Park

The AllTrails map is here, where you can pan and zoom.


10 walkers – Jeff B (leader), Peter C, Maggie D, Linda G, Daniel P, Mark P, Lam S, Ana V, Robert W, me.

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