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Baal Bone Gap picnic area

“This place knocks my socks off. I can’t get over the amazing formations of the rock pagodas – they’re out of this world.”

If you’re four-wheel driving, head out to Baal Bone Gap for a picnic and some of the finest views in the Blue Mountains. You’ll find huge examples of the rock pagodas that make this part of the mountains unique and see stunning sandstone cliffs and extensive views.

Baal Bone Gap is a popular place to begin a bushwalking exploration of the western end of the park. Enjoy a picnic and head out among the distinctive grass trees for a truly rejuvenating experience, but remember that trails are unmarked and walking in Gardens of Stone is for experienced and well-prepared bushwalkers only.

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Getting there

Getting there:

Baal Bone Gap is in the Ben Bullen precinct of gardens of Stone National Park. To get there:

  • From Lithgow, follow Castlereagh Highway north to Ben Bullen.
  • Turn right onto the 4WD road to Baal Bone Gap

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Vehicle access:

Unsealed road/trail - 4WD only - Dry weather only

Parking:

Limited parking is available at Baal Bone Gap picnic area.

Important info

Facilities:

  • Wood barbecues (bring your own firewood)
  • Carpark
  • Picnic tables
  • Fire rings (bring your own firewood)

You should know:

  • Bushwalking from Baal Bone Gap should only be undertaken by experienced bushwalkers
  • You’ll need topographic maps and a compass or a GPS.
  • Don’t forget sunscreen and hat while riding
  • This park is in a remote location, so please make sure you’re well-prepared, bring appropriate clothing and equipment and advise a family member or friend of your travel plans.
  • Remember to take your binoculars if you want to birdwatch
  • You’ll need to bring your own drinking and cooking water
  • There is a wood barbecue in the picnic area – please bring your own wood.
  • If you’re camping in the park, please make sure you prepare thoroughly.

Opening hours:

Baal Bone picnic area is always open, but the road may become impassable in heavy rain.

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Wolgan Valley, Gardens of Stone National Park. Photo: Hamilton Lund