The long but interesting walk into Monolith Valley will reward the enthusiastic hiker with 360 degree views of large rocky outcrops and shear cliffs.
One of the classic NSW day walks, the trek into Monolith Valley is often overshadowed by an ascent of the Castle. For sure the Castle is a must-do walk, but Monolith Valley is an excellent alternative for a different kind of spectacular. The walk into the area along the Castle walls is already awesome, and the views of Monolith Valley are first seen by continuing just past a chained section of Nibelung Pass. There you can climb one of the smaller monoliths for 360 degree views of huge textured rock landforms and distant cliff faces.
Note that once you have walked the length of the Castle walls you will ascend to a fork in the track. Going right takes you to Meakins Pass, which is the tunnel through the Castle’s “tail”. Don’t go this way: take a left instead to go to Castle Saddle, and then another left to hug the south-eastern side of Mt Nibelung, and before long you’ll enter Monolith Valley. Continue until you reach the chained ascent of a short but steep rocky section: at the top of this is where the views open up. You can continue on into the valley amongst the rock formations and there are various adventures to be had around Mt Owen, Mt Cole and the Shrouded Gods, but as a day walk you could choose to have lunch here and return back to Long Gully Car Park. Plan for a full day’s walking.
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My wife and I are preparing to do the Three Capes walk in Tasmania unguided. As part of our traing I would like to do the hike from Long Gully Car Park to Monolith Valley return as a day walk. Can this walk be achieved comfortably as a day walk with rest stops, explore the valley, have lunch break and return to Long Gully? Should we take rope or is this more needed to summit The Castle? Can you recommend any track notes or maps to assist with navigation, Ive just purchased Bushwalking in the Budawangs but wont get it before I do the walk. Any other tips would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks so much.
Hi Phil. Yes, the walk from Long Gully Car Park can be done in a day but you’d need all daylight hours in winter I think. There’s no need for ropes, just one section already with a sturdy chain to climb up some rock – nothing like the Castle. I just read my own track notes which are brief but keeping left at the junctions for the Castle turn off will take you to Monolith Valley. Once in the valley we just followed obvious tracks for a while until we’d seen enough of the big rock formations and then we returned. The following map from Bushwalking NSW shows the route to the Castle but also the tracks going into Monolith Valley. If you consult a topographic map or even Google maps then you can probably work out the last of the land to add a bit of confidence to these hand drawn maps.