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Yengo National Park

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Updated: 25/11/2014 03:13 PM

“This place is amazing. Yengo really does have it all – stunning views, remote wilderness, great mountain bike trails and incredible Aboriginal cultural sites. Yet it is so close to the city.”

Yengo National Park is a rugged landscape of steep gorges and rocky ridges, just waiting to be explored by 4WD, car, mountain bike or foot. And it’s all less than two hours drive from Sydney or Newcastle.

Part of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, Yengo has spectacular views, remote wilderness and unique Aboriginal cultural heritage. There’s an abundance of Aboriginal sacred sites and rock engravings to discover.

The historic, convict-built Old Great North Road in the south-east of the park is also a reminder of the park’s more recent colonial history.

Get off-road on 4WD trails or grab a mountain bike and visit for the day. Experience the remoteness for yourself by visiting Finchley lookout or walking the Big Yango loop trail. Stay overnight at Big Yango Homestead or enjoy the quiet of the bush by camping under the stars.

Visit the NSW National Parks visitor website for more inspiration and information on Yengo National Park.

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Why you should visit

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

Ancient Aboriginal culture 
Yengo National Park and the surrounding areas have been an important spiritual and cultural place for the Darkinjung and Wonnarua people for thousands of years. No wonder there are over 640 recorded Aboriginal cultural heritage sites in the park and nearby areas. Creation stories recount that Biamie, the ancestral being, stepped off the flat top of Mount Yengo into the sky when he finished his creation. Today, Aboriginal stories and rock engravings connect us with the rich cultural heritage of this ancient land and its people.

World Heritage wonders
Yengo National Park is one of the eight conservation areas that make up the massive Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area. Covering one million hectares, it was included in the World Heritage list in December 2000 for its remarkable geographic, botanic and cultural values. There are more than 90 different eucalypt species found here – some 13 per cent of all eucalypt species in the world.

Remote wilderness to discover
Yengo offers a range of activities and options for all ages. Unsealed tracks through remote valleys provide opportunities to explore the park on mountain bike or by 4WD. For bushwalkers, there are many options to experience the rugged beauty of the park on foot, with both short walks and overnight walks. In the Big Yango precinct, there are even opportunities for horse-riding adventures.

Amazing animal and birdlife
Yengo is home to a great diversity of wildlife, including around 50 species of mammals such as wombats, wallaroos, koalas and gliding possums, and over 200 species of birds. Watch out for the gang gang, yellow-tailed and glossy black cockatoos gliding between the treetops, or see if you can spot a lyrebird darting across bush tracks. Look closely at the steep rugged cliff faces found in the park as you might catch a glimpse of the endangered brush-tailed rock-wallaby.

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Alerts

fires

Old Settlers 2
There is a fire in this park called Old Settlers 2. Refer to the Rural Fire Service for latest information. Do not enter any closed area or area with fire. If you see an unattended fire call Triple Zero (000). Penalties apply for non-complianceFor more information, please contact Bulga office on (02) 6574 5555 or visit NSW National Parks safety page.
 
Bulga Creek
There is a fire in this park at Bulga Creek. Refer to the Rural Fire Service for latest information. Do not enter any closed area or area with fire. If you see an unattended fire call Triple Zero (000). Penalties apply for non-complianceFor more information, please contact Bulga office on (02) 6574 5555 or visit NSW National Parks safety page.


Getting there

 Car

From Wisemans Ferry

  • Travel across the Hawkesbury River by ferry from Old Northern Road
  • After exiting the ferry turn left
  • Drive along Settlers Road to the historic town of St Albans
  • Follow Wollombi Road to Mogo campground and the southern precinct of the park

From Cessnock

  • Follow Wollombi Road to Wollombi
  • Turn right into Great North Road near Wollombi Tavern
  • Turn left into Yango Creek Road
  • Continue onto Upper Yango Creek Road, then follow the signs on the Finchley track until you reach Finchley lookout. The Big Yango precinct of the park is within locked gates that requires a permit to enter.

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 Opening times

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

 Close to

Yengo National Park is close to:

  • Wollombi (5km)
  • Cessnock (40km)
  • Wisemans Ferry (40km)
  • Gosford (80km)
  • Sydney (85km)
  • Newcastle (155km)

 Public transport

There are no public transport options for Yengo National Park.

 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 Yengo National Park. Here are some of the highlights:

Spring (Sept, Oct, Nov)

  • Set up camp at either Blue Gums or Mountain Arm campground and enjoy the stunning spring wildflower display

Summer (Dec, Jan, Feb)

  • Great for 4WD touring, experience those amazing sunsets and spectacular views from Finchley lookout.

Autumn (Mar, Apr, May)

  • Try mountain bike-riding around the Mount Yengo loop trail

Winter (Jun, Jul, Aug)

  • Make the Big Yango Homestead your base to explore the park, enjoy warm days on the veranda and chilly nights by the fireplace.

 Temperature

Summer

  • The average temperature ranges between 13°C and 30°C
  • The area's highest recorded temperature in summer is 44°C

Winter ­

  • The average temperature ranges between 4°C and 18°C
  • The area’s lowest recorded temperature in winter is -6.7°C

 Rainfall

  • The wettest month on average is February, the driest is July.
  • The area's highest recorded rainfall is 178.4mm in one day

Safety

Bulga

Phone: 02 6574 5555
Street address: 2156 Putty Road, Bulga NSW 2330
Opening hours: 9:30am-4:00pm, Tuesday-Thursday only


Central Coast

Phone: 02 4320 4200 (general enquiries), 02 4320 4203 (camping enquiries)
Email: central.coast@environment.nsw.gov.au
Street address: Suites 36-38, 207 Albany Street North, Gosford NSW
Opening hours: 8:30 am-4:30 pm, Monday-Friday

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Big Yango Homestead, Yengo Accommodation. Photo: NSW Government.