Messmate Track (Cathedral Range State Park)


Messmate Track (Cathedral Range State Park)

The Messmate Walk winds through dense messmate forest, connecting the Sugarloaf Saddle Day Visitor Area and historic Cooks Mill, the site of an old sawmill. Keep an eye out for elegant lyrebirds foraging in the fern-filled Little River Gully.

Starting from Cooks Mill, and following Tweed Spur Road for a couple of kilometres, this moderately-steep Grade 3 track is 4.5km long and takes approximately 1.5 hours to complete (one way). It provides access to the challenging Wells Cave and Canyon Tracks which form part of the Cathedral Range Southern Circuit.

Alternatively, the walk can be started from Sugarloaf Saddle Day Visitor Area, slowly descending to Cooks Mill.

Visitor Tips: Check the weather conditions before setting out, and allow plenty of daylight to complete your walk. The weather on the range can change quickly and there is no shelter, so ensure you are well-equipped, and wear appropriate clothing including sturdy hiking footwear. Carry sufficient water to stay hydrated (there are no natural water sources on the trail). Phone signals are unreliable – hikers should consider carrying a radio or personal locator beacon, and don’t forget to communicate your intentions to friends or relatives before setting out. Download the Visitor Guide for more advice on safe and enjoyable walking in Cathedral Range State Park.

Restrictions: Please note this trail is for walkers only (no bicycles, pets or horses).

How to get there

Messmate Track (Cathedral Range State Park)



Need to know

Messmate Track (Cathedral Range State Park)

Warnings & Restrictions


Dogs are not allowed


  • No dogs allowed
  • No firearms allowed
  • No bicycles


  • Terrain hazards
    • Uneven ground
  • Other warnings
    • Trees may fall take care
    • Vehicles
    • Limbs may fall take care
  • Animals and pests
    • Snakes

Be Prepared

Stay safe and get the most out of your park visit by preparing for natural hazards and other outdoor risks in Victoria’s parks. You are responsible for your own safety and the safety of those in your care. Find out more.

Change of Conditions

Nature being nature, sometimes conditions can change at short notice. It’s a good idea to check this page ahead of your visit for any updates.

Cerberus Road, to Sugarloaf Saddle Carpark and Jawbone Carpark

Cerberus Road, to Sugarloaf Saddle Carpark and Jawbone Carpark,  is currently in very poor condition.
It is not recommended for two-wheel-drive, or low-clearance all-wheel-drive, vehicles.

Tweed Spur Road, to Messmate Walking Track and Blue Range Road

Tweed Spur Road, to Messmate Walking Track and Blue Range Road, is closed to vehicles due to storm impacts.
It will remain closed to vehicles until road repairs are made.
Walkers are permitted, and are advised to use caution due to changed road conditions. 

Roadworks - Cerberus Road, to Sugarloaf Saddle Carpark and Jawbone Carpark

Heavy machinery will be working to repair Cerberus Rd, to Sugarloaf Saddle and Jawbone Carpark, from Monday 20 May 2024 to Friday 7 June 2024, weather dependent.
There may be long delays for vehicle traffic using Cerberus Rd, and road surfaces may be very muddy and very slippery where heavy machinery is operating.
Parks Victoria recommends selecting walks and rock climbing routes that do not require vehicle access to Cerberus Rd, Sugarloaf Saddle or Jawbone Carpark during this time.
Parks Victoria apologises for the inconvenience, and asks for your patience, while road repairs are underway.

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