Chillagoe-Mungana Caves National Park offers walking opportunities ranging from 440m to 9km. The times are calculated for people of average fitness who are wearing the correct footwear. If you are walking with young children or have below average fitness, allow more time. Carry a water container, especially in the summer time.
Balancing Rock track – 440 m return
Donna Caves car park to Balancing Rock car park – 2 klms
Royal Arch Track – 9 klms return
Royal Arch Cave car park
The Royal Arch Cave car park is about 6km from Chillagoe. Follow Queen Street across Chillagoe Creek before turning left where signposted onto Bolwarra Road. Travel a further 4.3km along a gravel road to the car park.
Donna Cave car park
Donna, Trezkinn, Pompeii and Bauhinia caves can be accessed from the Donna Cave car park, 1.8km from Chillagoe. Follow Frew Street to the edge of town before crossing a cattle grid near Chillagoe Cattle Station. Follow the signs to the car park.
Mungana Archways car park
The Archways is located near Mungana, 17km west of Chillagoe. From Chillagoe, follow Queen Street across Chillagoe Creek and continue on the Burke Developmental Road. Travel 15km and turn right again where signposted. Drive a further 2km along a gravel track to reach the car park. The road will pass the Mungana Aboriginal art site along the way.
Balancing Rock car park
Balancing Rock car park is 2.5km from Chillagoe. Drive along Frew Street to the edge of town before crossing a cattle grid near Chillagoe Cattle Station. From here the route is well signposted.
The Chillagoe Smelters are 2.3km from town. Follow Queen Street across Chillagoe Creek before turning right where signposted. Discover the history of the smelters by following the road to the elevated viewing area that overlooks the historic site. No facilities are provided at this site.
The Chillagoe Smelters is a restricted access area and entry is prohibited. This is a former industrial site—the area is unstable and contains asbestos and other toxic contaminants. Serious injury, disease or death could result from entering this area.
No wheelchair-accessible facilities are provided in Chillagoe-Mungana Caves National Park.
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