Updated: Apr 7, 2019
Distance: 10.2km - total for all walks return
Time: 3 hours
Toilets: Yes – drop toilets
Pram Friendly: Part of the walk - Lilly Pilly Gully Circuit & Boardwalk
Pet Friendly: No
Overview of walks - all return:
Lilly Pilly Gully Circuit: 5.2km
Boardwalk: 600 metres
Mt Bishop summit track: 4.4km
This walk has a very special meaning for me, it was my very first hike and is what started my passion. I have done this walk 3 times and it never gets old! Honestly, I would do this before Mt Oberon, you have so much more to see and I have spoken to many others that agree!
To get there head out towards Tidal River you will find Mt Bishop car park just after squeaky beach on the left, if you reach the turn off for Mt Oberon you have gone too far. The walk starts from the car park and there are 2 access points, the first is to your right, just as you enter the carpark. Take this one if you just want to do the Lilly Pilly Gully walk and the boardwalk. The other one is towards the top of the car park, past the toilets (further away from the road), this way is more uphill than the other. There are a few walks accessible from here, the Lilly Pilly Gully Circuit, Mt Bishop summit & Lilly Pilly Gully Board walk. If you don’t want to complete the summit the Lilly Pilly Gully walk & the boardwalk is a lovely little walk for kids or people with prams.
If your planning on doing the whole loop with the summit, I would suggest you start with the track closer to the road as it’s flatter to start, which is a great warm up. If you just want to complete the summit, start at the top walking track as it will be shorter and quicker. Most of the track is fantastic and quite wide with only parts to the summit track getting down to one person wide. Whichever way you decide to go, you will come across the turn off to the summit track which is another 2.2km’s to the top. It’s a moderate climb to the top, not terribly hard but not easy either. We did come across a guy wearing sandals and socks on the way down, which I would say is not appropriate footwear, but I guess if you find it comfy to hike in then that's totally fine.
The whole walk is awesome you get to see so much along the way. There's the Lilly Pilly Gully Boardwalk, which is only 600 metres long and well worth doing, there’s a little creek and lots of signs around about the different animals that inhabit the area. There's also a site of a landslip, which happened in 2011 from a huge 500 millimetres of rain in a 24-hour period, it measures a massive 900 metres in length.
Also you get plenty of beautiful views most of the way, but the view from the top is nothing short of spectacular. When you are nearing the top, you will reach a large rock which has amazing views of the surrounding mountains and valley below, walk over the rock and a little further through the bush and you have made it to the top and before you is the Proms signature view across the various bays and beaches. I could stand up there for hours looking out.