PUTTA BUCCA WETLANDS
Located off Putta Bucca road just north of Mudgee, this waterbird paradise exhibits a wide range of flora and fauna. Easily accessed with a parking area and includes an easy 2km walk and two newly built birdhides. This is a recreational area for birdwatching, bicycle riding, fishing and walking.
This unusual granite rock formation resembles a crouching frog and can be seen on the left hand side of the Ulan Cassilis road, 19km north of Mudgee, 1.5km past Hadabob Road
‘The drip’ is a towering sandstone cliff-face adorned with weeping grasses + ferns and dripping clear spring water into the river below (and a local favourite). “The Drip” picnic area is situated 50 km (30 mins) north of Mudgee on the Cassilis Rd (37km from Gulgong) + 10km past the village of Ulan. Turn right straight after the white cement bridge. Walkers need to wear shoes + be of average fitness. The track length is approx 1.5km (20 mins) each way. Please note, no animals allowed.
HANDS ON ROCK
These stencils of hands were made by the Wiradjuri people who occupied most of the central west of what is now New South Wales, and were one of the largest of Aboriginal language groups. This heritage site is about 12km east of Ulan and 2km on the left hand side past the entrance to ‘The Drip’ (see above). To get there, turn left off the Ulan-Cassilis Road at the Bobadeen Road sign, turn sharp left again, and drive 500 metres to the car park.
This reserve protects an area of unique rainforest and western plant communities. The track to Ferntree Gully turns off from Bylong Valley Way 17km from Rylstone. It is a further 3 km on an unsealed track to the picnic area and start of walk. There are a number of walking tracks at Ferntree Gully that take you down into the cool narrow ferntree-studded valley floor, and/or around the top edge of the rocks where you can get an overview of the valley and the unusual rock formations on either side.
Allow a minimum of one hour t o do the loop walk and longer if you linger to enjoy the rock formations, ferns and orchids along the way. Take food and water. The walk through the gully, returning via the top track system, requires a reasonable degree of fitness. There is some scrambling over rocks and some quite steep ascents and descents on the steps leading into and out of the gully. A damp section of the gully containing many tree ferns is accessible via a short boardwalk which allows comfortable access while protecting this sensitive part of the Reserve.
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Just 19 km south-west of Rylstone on the Cudgegong River in the Cudgegong Valley, and worth a visit for fishing, watersports, camping and caravanning.
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, parkin
g 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
During periods of fire and flood, full and partial park closures are put in place in NSW national parks and reserves to protect you, our parks and neighbouring properties. Before visiting, be sure to have the most up-to-date information on fires, floods and park closures. And for your safety and those in your care, check the local weather so that you have the appropriate clothing and equipment for a safe and comfortable journey in NSW national parks.
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