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Home Rule Track and Gap Creek Track, Ngalba Bulal National Park
14 Hours  / 23 Kilometres


The 17 kilometre Home Rule track and six kilometre Gap Creek tracks provide a walking track circuit accessing Ngalba Bulal National Park (Cedar Bay National Park).

Both tracks are rough, steep and difficult tracks that should only be undertaken by fit and experienced walkers. Each track can be undertaken as separate return trips or can be combined and walked as a circuit starting at the beginning of either track. If walking the circuit you will need to arrange for transport from your finishing point.

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The Home Rule track begins at Home Rule Rainforest Lodge, private property three kilometres off the Cooktown-Bloomfield Road from Rossville. The lodge managers allow access to their property and overnight camping at the lodge is allowed by prior arrangement. Camping is also allowed at the western crossing of Slaty Creek and just north of the Slaty Creek and Granite Creek junction for those walkers who don't want to walk the whole 17 kilometres (six - eight hours) in one day. The track traverses attractive rainforest, ascending and descending steeply before arriving at the northern end of Cedar Bay. Bush camping is available in coastal vegetation adjacent to the beach. No facilities are provided and campers must be self-sufficient.

Gap Creek track begins on the eastern side of the Cooktown-Bloomfield Road and leads direclty into (or out of) the national park. Be prepared for a strenuous six kilomtere hike (four - six hours), involving a steep climb and descent with an elevation change of approximately 500 metres. The track should not be attempted when heavy rain has fallen or is forecast. It crosses several creeks and steep sections can become slippery in wet weather.

For both walks, carry at least one form of communication equipment. Satellite phones and personal locator beacons (PLBs) are the most effective. Mobile phone coverage is unreliable. Inform a reliable person of your itinerary including starting and finishing times. Make sure to tell them when you return to avoid an unnecessary search.

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Home Rule Track and Gap Creek Track
Home Rule Track and Gap Creek Track

Journey Details

Duration14 Hours Itinerary TypeLand
Distance23 KilometresItinerary RouteCircuit
Mode of TravelWalk
Level of DifficultyLevel of difficulty - Recommended for very experienced bushwalkers


  • Walking Tracks
    Walking Tracks


  • Animal Watching
    Animal Watching
  • Swimming
  • Walking
  • Self-Guided

Home Rule Track and Gap Creek Track, Ngalba Bulal National Park Full Itinerary

Home Rule track and Gap Creek track

The Home Rule and Gap Creek tracks are managed by the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service. Please note that this map only shows an indicative start point for the Gap Creek walk. The Home Rule Walk begins outside the park at Home Rule Rainforest Lodge. The track route and end point are not shown and this map cannot be used for navigation purposes. Please see the Queensland National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing web site for detailed maps and the latest park information, including opening hours and safety messages. When you are in the park, make sure you refer to signs at the start of the track for more information.

SLaty Creek crossing, Ngalba Bulal (Cedar Bay) National Park
SLaty Creek crossing, Ngalba Bulal (Cedar Bay) National Park

Route Details

Duration: 14 Hrs 
Distance: 23 Kilometres
Mode of Travel: Walk
Route Type: Circuit

  • Beach
  • Caravan and Camping
    Caravan and Camping
  • Flora/Fauna
  • Marine
  • Nature based
    Nature based
  • Rainforest
  • Wildlife

Level of Difficulty
Level of difficulty - 5

Other Information

Visit our Driving Safety and Advice page for more information or the RACQ website for the latest road conditions.