Central Station to Lake Mckenzie via Pile Valley

Great Sandy National Park
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A walk from Central Station to Lake McKenzie via the rain forest at Pile Valley

Bird Watching
No Dogs Permitted
No Horses Permitted
Eucalypt Forest

Getting there

Ferry departs River Heads. At the time of writing the barge only goes to Kingfisher resort


Which maps cover the area?

Route/Trail Notes

Initially the walk commences with a slow incline from the walkers camp to the ridge line behind the camp, This is not well signposted which is a common theme on this walk, The trail then leads down through the rainforest into Pile valley, the trees here were harvested in the1800 and early 1900s as their borer-resistant timber was popular for wharves and jetties.From Pile valley it is a long slow incline to the top of the ridgeline before  the dowhill into Lake  McKenzie


Do you need any permits? What's the cost?

Permits required for overnight camping available from QLD parks and Wildlife

Other References

How can I find more info? Any guide books?

GPS Tracks

  • No GPS available for this walk yet.


Fantastic Beautiful place
Day 2 Central Station to Lake McKenzie (14 km) lovely walk through the rain forest,long smooth inclines and just strikingly beautiful scenery Overnight at the walkers camp at Lake McKenzie, The camp appears unkempt but once in it is well laid out ,no potable water at Lake McKenzie except the lake itself, Sunrise over the lake well worth the early start.

Dave on 28 Jun, 2020


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