The Friends Nature Walk (Cathedral Range State Park)

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The Friends Nature Walk (Cathedral Range State Park)

Stroll through tall Manna Gum forests, past remnants of the heritage-listed Cooks Mill and its abandoned tramway, on this gentle family-friendly walk. Cross the Little River via the footbridge and spot koalas and colourful native birds. Keep your eyes and ears open for lyrebirds.

Leave your car at Cooks Mill, and follow the signs to the Friends Nature Walk. Interpretative signs are located along the trail highlighting features of the landscape, plants and wildlife. The Grade 2 circuit walk is 2km long and takes about 1 hour.

Visitor Tips: Combine your walk with a picnic or camping (bookings required) at Cooks Mill. Bookings are required for camping. Pit toilets, fireplaces, picnic tables and shelters are available. Firewood collection is prohibited and no drinking water is available, so please bring your own. No bins are provided. Please take all rubbish home with you for recycling or disposal. 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).

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The Friends Nature Walk (Cathedral Range State Park)

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The Friends Nature Walk (Cathedral Range State Park)

Warnings & Restrictions

Dogs

Dogs are not allowed

Restrictions

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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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