Starting from Belliss Road, Clagiraba, this walk takes you to the Hellfire Pass via a singular fire trail, crossing Clagiraba Creek along the way. With its gradual elevation changes and straightforwardness, this track can be a great choice for trail running. Some people use it to train for big challenges like the Kokoda Challenge, some are just there for the feeling of remoteness. The area is actually used by many animals that migrate between the coast and hinterland throughout the year. You can see some fellow kangaroos just chilling around the track regardless of the season. This can be made into a one-way trip as well, if you arrange transport. Sturdy footwear is recommended as some parts of the track are rocky and slippery. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
Turn left onto Gilston Road and drive for another 1.7 km
At roundabout, take exit 3 onto McLaren Road and drive for another 670 m
At roundabout, take exit 2 onto McLaren Road and drive for another 530 m
At roundabout, take exit 2 onto McLaren Road and drive for another 820 m
At roundabout, take exit 2 onto McLaren Road and drive for another 185 m
Continue onto McLaren Road and drive for another 370 m
Keep right onto Beaudesert - Nerang Road, 90, 8 and drive for another 175 m
Continue onto Nerang - Murwillumbah Road, 97 and drive for another 1.2 km
Turn right onto Clagiraba Road and drive for another 2.6 km
Turn left onto Belliss Road and drive for another 250 m
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started From the end of Belliss Road, head towards the signposted metal gate along the paved road. Head over the stile next to the gate and join the fire trail. About 185 metres in, keep right at the 3-way intersection to continue along Bellis Road to Hellfire Pass Track.....
Directions & comments
At the intersection of Belliss Road & Barcoo Court to Bellis Road Trail Start heading along Barcoo Court to Bellis Road Trail (a vehicle track).
Find the car park at the start.
Find the gate at the start.
After another 170 m continue straight, to head along Barcoo Court to Bellis Road Trail.
After another 360 m cross the ford.
After another 170 m turn right, to head along Barcoo Court to Bellis Road Trail.
After another 500 m continue straight.
Continue another 2.3 km to find the end. Then turn around here and retrace the main route for 3.5 km to get back to the start.
Know the Hills, grading & facilities
Bellis Road to Hellfire Pass
2 h to 3 h
Quality of track
Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Very steep (4/6)
Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (2/6)