WOLLEMI NATIONAL PARK
At more than 500,000 hectares, Wollemi National Park contains the largest wilderness area in NSW and safeguards a rich variety of wildlife and spectacular scenery. Part of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, it's a mecca for sightseeing, bush walking, camping and wilderness adventure.
DUNNS SWAMP (GANGUDDY) IN WOLLEMI NATIONAL PARK
Just 25km east of Rylstone and Kandos is Dunns Swamp, a popular camping and picnic area. Set on the banks of the Cudgegong River and netsled amongst the stunning sandstone pagoda rock formations. Dunns Swamp enjoys an outstanding biodiversity of plan and animal communities with at least 107 bird species spotted in the area. A network of walking tracks surrounds the waterway, including one suitable for wheelchairs and strollers. Opportunities for canoeing and swimming also make this a 'must visit' destination. Camping fees apply.
COORONGOOBA IN WOLLEMI NATIONAL PARK
For a more secluded location to camp or enjoy a picnic in the Wollemi National Park Coorongooba offers an ideal alternative. A short drive east of Glen Davis, a town once the centre of the oil shale industry, this is a dramatic location to enjoy the parks natural beauty. The camping area sprawls along the shallow-flowing Capertee River and is surrounded by spectacular soaring sandstone cliffs which glow gold and crimson in the evening light creating a magical ambiance. Facilities include picnic tables, wood-fired barbeque rings and a pit toilet.
MUNGHORN GAP NATURE RESERVE
An easy half hour's drive north-east of Mudgee on the Wollar Road, this Reserve is a world renowned bird watching spot, with more than 160 native species recorded including the rare regent honeyeater. Walkers can meander along the Castle Rocks track (8km round trip) or enjoy a picnic or BBQ at Moolarben Picnic Area.
CAPERTEE NATIONAL PARK
For a unique natural experience, head to Capertee National Park. Located on the headwaters of the Capertee River, Capertee National Park protects a range of wildlife and plants found nowhere else on earth. Independent campers and advernturous families can enjoy walking and mountain biking through this spectacular are while discovering both aboriginal and european heritage. Renowned for some of the best birdwatching in the state, the protected woodlands along the fertile river flats attract regent honeyeaters, woodland birds and birdwatching enthusiasts alike. The park is also home to native Australian wildlife such as kangaroos, wallaroos, wallabies and gliders.
Accommodation is also available - choose from a night under the starts at the campground or enjoy the luxurious heritage charms of the Capertee Homestead which sleeps up to 14 people and is a fabulous location for special events and family get togethers. Alternatively, enjoy the simple and cosy Capertee Cottage which sleeps six guests. Entry to the park is restricted so for access information, please call the NPWS Mudgee office on 02 6370 9000. Camping fees apply.
GOULBURN RIVER NATIONAL PARK
Winding along a 90km stretch of rugged sandstone country bordering the Goulburn River, the park conserves a unique mix of western and eastern fauna and flora. Pitch your tent on the river bank at the Spring Gully of Big River campsites, access by Mogo Road north of Wollar village, or get a bird's eye view of the area at Lees Pinch lookout, off the Ringwood Road between Wollar and Merriwa. Please note, the Drip in Goulburn River National Park is currently undergoing a major upgrade. Please follow directions of National Parks + Wildlife Services work staff and contractors when accessing the walking track, parking and picnic area.
COOLAH TOPS NATIONAL PARK
30kms east of Coolar, the park is set amidst the stately eucalypt forest at an altitude of more than 1200m. Visit magnificent waterfalls, view dazzling vistas of the Liverpool Plains or choose from a number of sites for a great camping experience.
A selection of walking tracks can lead to encounters with giant snow gums, ancient grass trees, and the local wildlife.
ALERTS FOR NSW NATIONAL PARKS
Contact National Parks & Wildlife Service NSW
27 Inglis St, Mudgee
02 6370 9000