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
SAFETY ALERT: 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.
‘The drip’ is a towering sandstone cliff-face adorned with weeping grasses and ferns and dripping clear spring water into the river below (and a local favourite). “The Drip” picnic area is situated 50 km (30 minutes) north of Mudgee on the Cassilis Rd (37km from Gulgong) and 10km past the village of Ulan. Turn right straight after the white cement bridge. Walkers need to wear shoes and be of average fitness. The track length is approx 1.5km (20 minutes) each way.
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.
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.