Slingsbys Trail and Syndicate Ridge Track

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Rob Cleary

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Serious adventurers will love Slingsbys trail and Syndicate Ridge track, a challenging pathway across a variety of landscapes – from scenic grassy plains to a breathtaking escarpment and ancient Gondwana rainforest. 

The walk begins along Slingsbys trail, stretching 6.5km to Lanes lookout along gently undulating terrain that’s also suitable for mountain biking. You’ll pass through the grasslands of Killungoondie Plain, which the Gunbaynggirr People once kept clear for hunting and camping by using spot fires. Today, it makes a surprising contrast to the surrounding rainforest, thick and atmospheric.

Eventually, you’ll reach high points along the escarpment, including Lanes lookout and Stony Creek lookout, with stunning scenic views on clear days across the surrounding landscape. Bring binoculars for birdwatching, but remember to look down around your feet too as Syndicate Ridge was the site of an innovative logging tramway that operated in the early twentieth century. Remnants of the back-breaking operation can still be seen around the trail.

Syndicate Ridge track from the escarpment is a much steeper and more difficult trail, so hiking experience is recommended. Signage is also limited here, so be sure to carry a compass and map or GPS (and know how to use them!).

Add Slingsbys Trail and Syndicate Ridge Track to your Aussie Bucket List if you are an experienced hiker who enjoys a challenging hike in the Australian rainforest.


  • Hiking
  • Mountain biking


  • Walking trail - grade 5 | 15km one way

Important Information


  • Always do some research before heading out for your journey. Visit the parks website for the most up to date information.
  • Ensure you observe all safety signs. Always stay on the marked tracks where possible. Never climb fences, they are there for your own safety.
  • Wear suitable footwear and always ensure to bring a hat and sunscreen to protect yourself from the elements when exploring Australia.
  • Plan ahead and ensure to take enough food and water for your journey.
  • Please consider the environment, take your rubbish with you or place in the bins provided. We want to ensure these beautiful places are still here for our future generations to enjoy.
  • Parking, camping and national park fees may apply. See parks website for more details.
  • Please do not feed the wildlife.

Photo & content credits: NSW National Parks | Rob Cleary

Location & Supplier

Slingsbys Trail and Syndicate Ridge Track

Address: Slingsbys trail, Slingsbys Road, Megan, New South Wales 2453

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