Wells Cave Track (Cathedral Range State Park)


Wells Cave Track (Cathedral Range State Park)

Climb through open eucalypt forest via Wells Cave Walk, before scrambling through Wells Caves and rock-climbing to the highest point on the Range. Stand atop Sugarloaf Peak (920m) and see the rugged ridge of Cathedral Range stretch out before you.

This grade 5 climb up from Sugarloaf Saddle involves short sections of free-climbing up near vertical cliff-faces, which is not recommended for small children. The extremely challenging track is suitable for very experienced bushwalkers only. Avoid this track if you are uncomfortable in high open and exposed places and do not attempt it in wet or windy conditions.

Carrying backpacks is not recommended, as the track involves squeezing through the very narrow passage of Wells Cave. If you intend to camp overnight at The Farmyard and are carrying camping gear, we recommend ascending via the Canyon Track instead. Wells Cave is recommended as an ascent route only. Descend via Canyon Track.

Back at Sugarloaf Saddle relax and enjoy a picnic after your climb, or join a rock-climbing and bouldering tour.

Visitor Tips: This trail is only for fit and experienced hikers in dry weather. 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.

How to get there

Wells Cave Track (Cathedral Range State Park)



Need to know

Wells Cave Track (Cathedral Range State Park)

Warnings & Restrictions


Dogs are not allowed


  • No bicycles
  • No dogs allowed
  • No firearms allowed
  • No horses


  • Terrain hazards
    • Steep track
    • Uneven ground
  • Other warnings
    • Trees may fall take care
    • 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.

Arborist works at Cathedral Range State Park

Contractors will be undertaking tree works during the week of 10th December to 15th December within the the Cathedral Range State Park.

Affected areas include:
- Neds Gully Camping Area
- Cooks Mill Camping Area
- Jawbone Carpark

Some campsites will be closed off however the Campgrounds will remain open during this time. Please be aware there will be increased traffic and noise from machinery during the hours of 8am - 5pm.

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. 

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.

Little River Road

Little River Road has been impacted by flooding. The edges of the road are soft, with deep gutters in places. Please drive with caution.

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