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Muogamarra Nature Reserve

Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Muogamarra Nature Reserve.

Getting there and parking

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    From Sydney:

    • Head north towards Newcastle on the F3 Freeway and take the Berowra exit
    • Turn right onto the Pacific Highway and follow it past Cowan
    • The park entrance is on your left, approximately 3km north of Cowan.

    From Gosford/Newcastle:

    • Head south on the F3 Freeway and take the Mooney Mooney exit
    • Follow the Old Pacific Highway across the Hawkesbury River towards Cowan
    • The park entrance is on your right, approximately 6km from the freeway exit.

    Park entry points

    By bike

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

    By public transport

    The nearest train station to Muogamarra Nature Reserve is Cowan Station, on the Newcastle and Central Coast line. Cowan Station is approximately 6km from the reserve. For information about public transport options, visit the NSW transport info website.

    Best times to visit

    There are lots of wonderful things waiting for you in Muogamarra Nature Reserve. Here are some of the highlights.

    Spring

    Experience the extraordinary display of vibrant colours during the spring wildflower season between 12 August to 17 September.

    Discovery tours

    Visit Muogamarra on a Discovery tour with one of our trained guides. If you only have a few hours, take an easy stroll on the Bird Gully walk or the Lloyd Trig walk and enjoy panoramic views and amazing birdwatching. Or, if you have the time to spare, spend the day walking along historic convict roadworks on the Peats Bight walk.  Discovery tours are very popular, so early bookings are recommended.

    Self-guided walks

    If you prefer to explore the area at your own pace, there are several self-guided walks available, ranging from short trails, like the J D Tipper loop, to challenging six-hour adventures like the Peats Crater walk. Take the Point Loop trail for an easy stroll amongst the wildflowers, or follow the old convict roads on the Lloyd Trig and Deerubbin Lookover walks. Pack a picnic, unroll your picnic blanket and enjoy the panoramic views from the various vantage points along the way. 

    Maps and downloads

    Fees and passes

    • A park access fee applies during the 6 annual open weekends: $15 adults, $10 children, $40 family (2 adults, 2 children).
    • Annual passes are not valid for entry to Muogamarra Nature Reserve. 

    Safety messages

    However you discover NSW national parks and reserves, we want you to have a safe and enjoyable experience. Our park and reserve systems contrast greatly so you need to be aware of the risks and take responsibility for your own safety and the safety of those in your care.

    Bushwalking safety

    If you're keen to head out on a longer walk or a backpack camp, always be prepared. Read these bushwalking safety tips before you set off on a walking adventure in national parks.

    Mobile safety

    Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency + app before you visit; it helps emergency services locate you, using your smartphone's GPS. Please note there is limited mobile phone reception in this park, you’ll need mobile reception to call Triple Zero (000).

    Prohibited

    Pets

    Pets and domestic animals (other than certified assistance animals) are not permitted. Find out which regional parks allow dog walking and see the OEH pets in parks policy for more information.

    Smoking

    NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

    Muogamarra Nature Reserve

    Contact

    • in the Sydney and surrounds region
    • Muogamarra Nature Reserve is open to the public from 9am to 4.30pm for 6 weekends every year. The reserve will open on 12 August in 2017. The reserve is closed to the public at other times to protect the sensitive natural and cultural heritage.

      • A park access fee applies during the 6 annual open weekends: $15 adults, $10 children, $40 family (2 adults, 2 children).
      • Annual passes are not valid for entry to Muogamarra Nature Reserve. 
      Buy an annual pass.
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    Nearby towns

    Hornsby (19 km)

    A suburb in Sydney's upper north shore, Hornsby is conveniently located for easy access to Lane Cove National Park, Berowra Valley Regional Park, and the heritage-listed Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park - Australia's second-oldest national park. Explore walking and cycling tracks and Aboriginal sites, as well as marinas, cafes and picnic areas.

    www.hornsby.nsw.gov.au

    Gosford (34 km)

    Gosford is a great destination for a family day trip or holiday. It's situated on Brisbane Water National Park and surrounded by state forests, lakes and beaches.

    www.visitnsw.com

    Parramatta (39 km)

    Parramatta offers a fascinating insight into early colonial life in Australia. Don't miss a visit to Old Government House, now one of 11 Australian Convict Sites on the UNESCO World Heritage list.

    www.sydney.com

    Lookout at Muogamarra Nature Reserve. Photo: Michael Van Ewijk