The Barokee campground is the starting point for this walk. It is accessed via a rather rough unsealed road off the B78.

Cathedral Rock track is an exciting and challenging walk, near to Barokee campground and Round Mountain, offering scenic views across the New England Tablelands from the summit.

Hike up Cathedral Rock to sit on a natural throne perched on 100m of stacked boulders and survey your kingdom. The nearby Round Mountain is the highest point of the New England Tablelands, although only by a royal whisker at 1579m.

Picnic Facilities
Scrambling or Climbing
No Dogs Permitted
Swamp or Wetland
Eucalypt Forest
Maximum Elevation
Total Climb

Getting there:

From Armidale, drive east on Barney Street, which soon becomes Grafton Road and later Waterfall Way (State Route 78) for 70km, passing through Argyle and Wollomombi.

To access Barokee campground, take the Round Mountain Road turnoff on the left and after 8km of narrow gravel road, turn right into the campground. A day use car park and picnic area is just on you left.


Cathedral Rock National Park

Route/Trail notes:

The track is accessed from the Barokee day use area. Follow the circuit clockwise and hike through sub-alpine woodland, swampy heath, wet and dry sclerophyll forest, ascending through granite outcrops to the summit turnoff. Rock-hopping is the scientific term for what you’ll be doing for much of the next 600m, as you clamber over boulders and straddle crevices. There is a chain for a particularly difficult scramble near the top. The gaps and chasms between the boulders are deep so be wary.

On the way back, keep following the circuit around to the right through a protected valley of manna gums to your starting point.



Other References/Comments:

Whilst at the Barokee day use area, take advantage of the Round Mountain walk (5.5km return).


Recently upgraded trail. Excellent walking, signage and views.

Wanderlust on 2 Apr, 2024

Can knock this walk over pretty fast - made it to the top in 45mins at a relatively relaxed speed. The scrambling section is short but fun - I would say it's like an easier version of the scrambling involved in getting to the top of the Pyramid in Giraween. Currently the walk is closed from the Barokee Campsite but open from the Native Dog camp-site.

Vonsnrub on 29 Feb, 2024

FANTASTIC hike! Would only recommend if you have climbing experience and/or you are comfortable with heights. Was one of the highlights of Waterfall Way.

Jess&JonM on 1 Jan, 2022

Fabulous walk. The boulders are stunning. It can be a bit challenging scrambling up the boulders but well worth it.

Michelle on 18 Jun, 2019

Don't let the "hard" rating put you off. It is only hard for the last few meters.

tjarlz on 2018

O.M.G. Started off easy for the first 3km and then all hell broke loose as we negotiate the last 600m with a 80m climb/scramble, clawing our way up through the gigantic boulders, with a final chain traverse around the last boulder before ascending the 'throne'.

Keep your nerve Pops, the grandchildren are with us!

F.A.B. on 28 Oct, 2017

Started from Native Dog campground and walked to Woolpack Rocks. I have a left knee injury and couldn't quite manage the final section of the trail, climbing up into the rocks. Regardless was a lovely walk and quiet.

Anonymous on 13 May, 2017

Really lovely walk through ferns and granite boulders leading up a gradual and then very steep section. The last part of the walk is a real rock scramble with a chain link attached to the boulders to get to the final viewing point. Definitely worth it if you can manage the scramble. Take some snacks and enjoy the gorgeous view at the top, you wont be disappointed.

The Bush Bandits on Feb, 2017

Great walk, climbed the top, fantastic views

drewmac on 5 Apr, 2013

Thoroughly enjoyed this walk, continued onto the Woolpack Rocks. There for the Easter break, but was not long enough to see every thing we wanted.

Kim on 31 Mar, 2013

This track was really enjoyable! Will return to do the remaining walks in this National Park.

asterope on 21 Nov, 2011

Great walk and great photos at the top.

Ian and Sue on 5 Jan, 2007


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