It is for fit and
experienced walkers only
as the tracks are quite demanding.
It is hilly, the walks are long
- most take more than one day meaning you'll have stuff to carry.
Cedar Bay is beautiful, its southern end is also home to the remote and expensive Bloomfield Lodge.
Both the lodge and the whole bay are not
accessible by car.
The lodge has boat and plane access, while the bay is only reached by walking
unless you have a boat and want to do it that way.
walks that actually get you to the bay are long, one takes definitely
more than one day, the other you could possibly squeeze into a very
long day but is it fun to rush and what if something takes longer than
planned and you have nowhere to sleep. Both bay walks are best done
carrying a tent and planning an overnight trip - there is
Gap Creek Track
shorter one of the walks that take you to Cedar Bay is the 6km Gap Creek Track.
It starts about 11km south of Rossville on the
eastern side of the Rossville Bloomfield Road, and is the only walk
that crosses the heart of the national park and is inside the park the
is a hard walk, crossing creeks and having steep climbs and descents.
You first descend down to Gap Creek and cross it, before climbing up to
a spur, then down again to a next gully to cross Flowing Stone
Creek. Then there are smaller climbs and descents before you come to a
large fig tree and after that there are two tracks to cross the Centre
Garden Creek. Soon after that you are in the Cedar Bay, remember
Home Rule Track
longer one of the two is the 17km Home
Rule Track that starts on the grounds of the Home
Rule Rainforest Lodge
This track is actually inside the national park only in its last
section - most of the time it's on private land, owned by the Home Rule
Lodge owners who are happy to let you camp if you let them know.
track is first quite broad, and crosses a few creeks, then
narrower before you get to Slaty Creek. After Slaty it climbs to Black
Snake Rocks (known for red bellied black snakes). After that the track
descends and goes to the beach in Cedar Bay.
Home Rule Falls
shortest walk, and actually not inside the national park, but not to
miss while you are in the area. It is only 2.5km long and takes you to
the beautiful Home Rule
which also is a great cool swimming hole.
That said the track is not to
underestimate. Level in the beginning, only with roots and rocks on the
track, later it crosses a hill that is steep enough that it's not
grandmother stuff. There are a few spots you pretty much climb, and
hold into trees to not to slide. Great length for a good exercise run,
and the falls are beautiful.
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