The Mining Trail in the Myall Lakes National Park used to be a vehicle access road, but now that it’s closed off, it makes a great track for a day walk or even an overnight stay at Shelly Beach Campground. I’ve done this track twice – once as a reconnoitred trip, and the second time for my 30th Birthday. Each time, I’ve really enjoyed the track – a long one through some stunning bushland.

It’s 14km out to the campground, if starting from the East. I gather that it’s possible to also access from the West, but haven’t tested conditions. Starting from the East, the surface is a compact hard sand-gravel surface – good enough for bikes and also for wheelchairs.t’s 14km out to the campground, if starting from the East. I gather that it’s possible to also access from the West, but haven’t tested conditions. Starting from the East, the surface is a compact hard sand-gravel surface – good enough for bikes and also for wheelchairs.

The track leaves from the Seal Rocks Road, straight after the Neranie Campground turn-off. There’s a locked gate here, which takes some navigating to get under or over. The road follows open gum tree forest and has gentle undulations. After about 10km, there’s a turn off to the right, which takes you along the Old Gibber Trail. Then after another 2km, a right turn along the Shelly Beach Trail.

Shelly Beach campground is a remote campsite only accessed on foot or by water so it’s been quite both times I’ve been there. There’s a toilet facility but it is currently up a flight of steps.