The hike is as described in the National Park brochure, except that once reaching the summit of Mount Rosea, instead of returning via the same route, we continue ahead on the old footpath back to the car park, forming a loop. The old path isn't quite as well maintained but in March 2020 when we visited, it was way-marked, it was easy to follow and it was not overgrown; a very enjoyable hike.
Leaving the car park, the path climbs, not too steeply, through a tall forest to arrive at a rocky plateau. Follow markers on the rock to traverse the sandstone outcrops and continue across windswept terraces to the summit of Mount Rosea, where there are good views on a fine day.
Instead of returning the same way, descend ahead, following markers on the rock to eventually emerge on to a forest track which winds slowly down to join Silverband Road. It's then just a short hike up the road to the car park.
Parking: Rosea Carpark in Silverband Road.
Toilets: There are no toilet facilities on this hike. The nearest toilets are at the Sundial Carpark in Sundial Road.
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