Morton National Park
What we're doing
Park management activities
Morton National Park has management strategies in place to protect and conserve the values of this park. Visit the OEH website for detailed park and fire management documents. Here is just some of the work we’re doing to conserve these values:
Understanding landscapes and geology
Morton National Park ensures the maintenance of special landscapes around the area. Attractions are easily enjoyed by visitors with the implementation of plans to upgrade facilities surrounding particular park attraction areas. NPWS collaborates with volunteers as well as other agencies to ensure the landscape and geological values of the park are preserved.
Morton National Park National Park embraces programs dedicated to conserving vulnerable, threatened and endangered species within its borders. One example is a program to protect the endangered brush-tailed rock wallaby. Efforts to target threats to such plant, animal and bird species are ongoing in this park, and include pest management and community education activities where required.
Uniting technology with the vast collection of information on biodiversity in NSW, BioNet is a valuable database open to any user. From individual plant sightings to detailed scientific surveys, it offers a wealth of knowledge about ecology and threatened species in NSW.
Managing weeds, pest animals and other threats
Pests and weeds have a significant impact to the ecosystems within Morton National Park. Reduction of threats, such as foxes, as well as ongoing risk assessments for new and emerging weeds, plays an important role in protecting the biodiversity values of this park.
Wild dogs can have significant impacts on other animals and are regarded as pests. Our wild dog control program operates in many NSW national parks and reserves. When carrying out such pest control, we aim to minimise the wild dogs’ effects on livestock and wildlife, while still maintaining dingo conservation in key areas.
Developing visitor facilities and experiences
Morton National Park is committed to keeping its visitors safe and informed, and this extends to issues of access and signage. Maintenance of park infrastructure, including walkways, tracks and access points, is ongoing within this park.
Conserving our Aboriginal culture
Morton National Park boasts a proud legacy of Aboriginal culture. Ongoing NPWS projects are in place to survey, monitor and assess the condition of the park’s Aboriginal sites from both a cultural and archaeological perspective. NPWS collaborates with local Aboriginal land councils to facilitate this, and works to ensure sites within the park are appropriately recognised, supported and conserved.
NSW is one of the most bushfire prone areas in the world as a result of our climate, weather systems, vegetation and the rugged terrain. NPWS is committed to maintaining natural and cultural heritage values and minimising the likelihood and impact of bushfires via a strategic program of fire research, fire planning, hazard reduction, highly trained rapid response firefighting crews and community alerts.
Managing fire-prone NSW national parks requires a three-pronged approach, including fire planning, community education, and fuel management. When it comes to fuel like dead wood, NPWS conducts planned hazard reduction activities like mowing and controlled burning to assist in the protection of life, property and community.
- in the South Coast and Country NSW regions
Morton National Park is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.
Parts of the south-eastern area of this park were once used for military training and may contain unexploded artillery shells. These areas have restrictions in place for your safety.
Park entry fees:
Fitzroy Falls: $4 per vehicle per day. Bundanoon area: $8 per vehicle per day. The park has coin-operated pay and display machines - please bring correct coins.Buy an annual pass.
- Fitzroy Falls Visitor Centre
(02) 4887 7270
Contact hours: 9am-5pm daily (closed Christmas Day)
- Morton National Park, Nowra Road, Fitzroy Falls NSW 2577
- Fax: (02) 4887 7203
- Fitzroy Falls Visitor Centre
For all planned management events such as hazard reduction burns and pest control operations see the alerts page.
It isn’t very hard to find your soft spot for the shy and beautiful brush-tailed rock-wallaby, currently one of Australia’s threatened species. NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service and Friends of the brush-tailed rock-wallaby, based in the Shoalhaven area, invite you to help save this native Australian animal from extinction.
Donate to NSW National Parks
Valuable conservation work is being done in our national parks through the Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife, a not-for-profit organisation with the mission to care for Australia’s native plants, animals and cultural heritage.