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Morton National Park

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Alerts for Morton National Park: closed areas

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Updated: 25/08/2014 12:01 AM

“My favourite bit – that’s a difficult choice. I do love the wildflowers along Three Views walking track, but the views from the lookouts at Fitzroy Falls are magical.”

Be enthralled by nature on a grand scale at Morton National Park. If the cascading Fitzroy Falls don’t leave you breathless, try the sweeping views from the top of Pigeon House Mountain Didthul.

This enormous park really does have something for everyone; whether you're an experienced bushwalker looking for remote wilderness hiking, a novice mountain biker looking for an easy ride or a keen photographer looking for some scenic waterfalls to capture.

You'll find imposing gorges dissecting the landscape alongside pockets of rainforest that are full of wildlife. There are a number of well equipped picnic areas and numerous informal spots where you can stop for a break to enjoy the view and if you'd like to go camping, head to Gambells Rest campground in the Bundanoon precinct of the park.

The park is easily accessible from Bundanoon, Kangaroo Valley, Nowra and Ulladulla, so it makes for a great day trip or weekend getaway.

Highlights
 

Why you should visit

Morton National Park is a special place, here are just some of the reasons why:

Rich Aboriginal history
Morton National Park is the traditional Country of the Yuin people. Several hundred Aboriginal sites have been recorded here and there are likely many more. The park’s imposing mountains, particularly Didthul, are particularly significant in Aboriginal mythology, as is the majestic Fitzroy Falls. The park’s plateau and surrounding country also contain sites of great importance to Aboriginal people, whose occupation of the area dates back over 20,000 years.

A rugged beauty
Morton National Park envelops you in its fascinating landscape. Roam through rainforest on the Kangaroo Valley escarpment. Or relax on your picnic blanket, shaded by tall eucalyptus trees – the park has everything from Sydney peppermint to spotted gum and the rare Pigeon House Ash. The park’s geological features are equally captivating. Detect different rock types in the cliff face, or find a good vantage point and gaze at the plateau carved with deep gorges. Absorbing the gorges’ sheer size, coupled with their interesting terraced appearance, can keep you occupied for hours.

Teeming with wildlife
This large park is a sanctuary for all kinds of wildlife, so you’ll likely spot a critter or two while you’re here. Rainforest and moist eucalypt forest support swamp wallabies, gliders, bush rats and long-nosed potoroos. Birdwatchers will be tickled pink with Morton’s residents – satin bowerbirds, green catbirds and lyrebirds call the park home, while eagles and falcons hover overhead. You could be fortunate enough to see an endangered ground parrot in the heath. And, if it really is your lucky day, maybe you’ll meet a platypus or long-necked tortoise in one of the rivers.

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Alerts

closed areas

Northern parts of Morton National Park closed for feral animal control (Ends Friday 5 September)

Part of Morton National Park will be closed for two weeks, from Monday 25 August 2014 to Friday 5 September 2014 while aerial goat shooting is undertaken.  The area affected is to the north of Braidwood Road, west of Yarramunmun Fire Trail and Yalwal Creek, and south of Caoura Ridge Fire Trail, Tallowa Dam Road and Bugong Fire Trail. View a map of the closure zone
For further information contact Nowra Area on 44286300.
Tianjara Fire Trail Closed - Tianjara Fire Trail
Due to environmental damage the Tianjara Fire trail is closed. The trail will be closed until urgent work can be carried out. The trail is currently impassable. For further infomation please call Ulladulla NPWS 02 4454 9500.

Getting there

 Car

It's half an hour drive from Moss Vale to Fitzroy Falls and Belmore Falls along Nowra Road. Turn north onto Myra Vale Road just east of Fitzroy Falls.

From Nowra, take the Princes Highway to the Southern Highlands via Kangaroo Valley.

From Wollongong it’s about an hour to Fitzroy Falls and Belmore Falls along the Illawarra Highway. Turn south at Robertson onto Belmore Falls Road.

Sites in the eastern and southern part of the park are accessible via the Princes Highway.

 Opening times

Morton National Park is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

Large parts of the former Tianjara Military Training Area in the south eastern part of the park are permanently closed because of danger from unexploded ordnance, please see Alerts.

 Fees

Fees

Note: Vehicle entry fees apply in the Fitzroy Falls and Bundanoon areas of the park. There are coin-operated 'pay and display' machines - please bring correct coins.

 Close to

Morton National Park is close to:

  • Bundanoon (1.5km)
  • Moss Vale (20km)
  • Kangaroo Valley (12km)
  • Nowra (40km)
  • Ulladulla (40km)
  • Wollongong (65km)

 Public transport

For information about public transport options,  visit the NSW country transport info website 

 Bike

Check out the Bicycle information for NSW website for more information.

Weather and climate

 Visiting through the seasons

There are lots of great things waiting for you in Morton National Park. Here are some of the highlights:

Spring (Sept, Oct, Nov)

  • Take the Three Views or Granite Falls walking tracks to see wildflowers in colourful bloom

Summer (Dec, Jan, Feb)

  • The rainforests of Morton National Park are a great place to escape the summer heat – try the Erith Coal Mine track at Bundanoon or the nearby Fairy Bower Falls walk.

Autumn  (Mar, Apr, May)

  • Grab an oar and canoe down the Shoalhaven River or the Kangaroo River. Autumn rains create ideal conditions for river paddling, and you’ll find good spots for beginners as well as for more experienced paddlers.

 Temperature

Summer

  • The average temperature ranges between 13°C and  26°C  
  • The area's highest recorded temperature in summer is 38.3°C (Moss Vale)

Winter ­

  • The average temperature ranges between 0°C and 14°C
  • The area’s lowest recorded temperature in winter is -9°C (Nerriga)

 Rainfall

  • The wettest month on average is June, the driest month on average is September (Moss Vale)
  • The area's highest recorded rainfall is 333mm in one day (Moss Vale)
  • The wettest month on average is March, the driest month on average is September (Nerriga)
  • The area's highest recorded rainfall is 200.7mm in one day (Nerriga)

Safety

Wilderness walking
There are extensive areas of wilderness in the park, including the Budawangs. As such, please be aware you may find a range of conditions, including thick vegetation, cliffs and river crossings. Wilderness walking in particular requires a high degree of fitness, preparation and navigational skills.

Warning

There is live unexploded ordnance (UXO) from former artillery training activities in the north eastern part of the Budawang Wilderness and adjacent parts of the Tianjara Plateau. Activities such as walking off-track, erecting tents, campfires and digging may cause a UXO to explode, and result in death or severe injury.

Walkers in the artillery impact area are required to keep to vehicle trails or the Folly Point walking track and no off-track walking is permitted. Digging and campfires are not permitted along tracks. Camping may only occur in the Sassafras or Link Road camping areas and campfires are only permitted at the Sassafras camping area.

The artillery impact area boundary is based on the known location of impact craters and UXO and advice from the Department of Defence. It is shown on the latest 1:25,000 topographic maps (third edition) and the map in the guidelines for walking in the Budawang Wilderness. Incorrect boundaries may be shown on other maps.

The area south of the artillery impact area was also used for military training and potentially could have small amounts of UXO. Walkers are advised not to touch any military object and to report it to NSW Police.

Contacts

Fitzroy Falls Visitor Centre

Phone: 02 4887 7270
Street address: Morton National Park, Nowra Road, Fitzroy Falls NSW 2577
Opening hours: 9:00am-5:00pm, daily (closed Christmas Day)

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Fitzroy Falls view from above. Photo: John Yurasek