Godwins trail is located in Myall Lakes National Park, roughly between Booral and Bulahdelah. We set out on this hike not really knowing what to expect. The hike firstly meanders through the bush and then steadily climbs up and down valleys towards Booral Road.
Godwins trail at a glance
Distance: 5 kms
Duration: 1 1/2 hours to 2 1/2 hours
Track: Steep fire trails with few trail markings.
Start: Jarrah Road, Girvan
Finish: Jarrah Road, Girvan
Elevation gain: 255m
Nearby trails: Bulahdelah Mountain
Bookings/Permits: Not required
Other information: No picnic, toilet facilities or car parking facilities available (park on the side of the road).
Information on how walking trails are graded can be found here.
The trail is surprisingly steep – probably because we really weren’t sure what to expect with this hike.
After a relatively easy start, the trail soon descends and ascends two or three valleys before reconnecting with Booral Road.
We were lucky enough to see a Lace Monitor (or tree Goanna) hanging out on one of the trees at the beginning of the track (it was still in position on our return).
You can choose to convert this into a loop hike, walking back up Booral Road to connect with Jarrah Road. Beware of road users if you do take this option. Booral Road is well used by motorbikes and Jarrah Road does get some 4WD traffic on weekends.
There are also options to connect this trail with other trails close by, including Devils Elbow Trail.
If you have a chance, stop in at the small township of Booral. The bakery is usually open through the weekend and sells fantastic meat pies (not to mention vanilla slices!).
Godwins trail can be tricky to find! The trail is located off Jarrah Road (turn off from Booral Road) at Girvan. The trail is on the left hand side of Jarrah Road, around 5 minutes from the turn off.
The gravel road is maintained by NSW National Parks and graded a few times a year. Use caution if travelling in a 2WD vehicle, as the road can be slippery and muddy in the wet.