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Yerranderie Regional Park

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Alerts for Yerranderie Regional Park: fire bans

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Updated: 20/11/2014 01:18 PM

“Every time I come here, I have the sense that I am discovering a forgotten territory.”

Step back in time at Yerranderie Regional Park, where an intriguing former mining settlement turned ghost town is nestled within a vast and rugged wilderness landscape.

Getting to Yerranderie involves following 76km of dirt road, which only highlights the sense of discovering a land that time forgot.

Cradled under stately escarpments and among wildlife-filled forest lies a unique area with a fascinating mining history. This, combined with its rugged wilderness, makes Yerranderie popular with history buffs, heritage enthusiasts, photographers, and intrepid 4WD enthusiasts alike.

Stroll along the main street of the township and poke around the historic buildings, take short bushwalks into the surrounding bushland, or go 4WD touring along the incredible Oberon Colong historic stock route. At the Yerranderie silver mining fields, you can peer down into the mine from the bridge that lies across the top of one of the large mineshafts.

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Why you should visit

Yerranderie Regional Park is a special place. Here are just some of the reasons why:

Step back to a former mining era
Yerranderie township has retained much evidence of its history as a mining settlement of the early 20th century through its various remains, sites, mines, architecture and ruins. These, in combination with remnant exotic plantings, road systems and subdivision patterns, bring its early settlement to life for visitors.

Archaeological significance
Yerranderie appears to be the only 20th century mining site to be preserved quasi-intact in all of eastern NSW and is an exceptionally well-preserved archaeological site. The township has been lovingly preserved to reflect its history, but the land itself has not seen much subsequent development due to its isolation. An unusually rich assemblage of mining equipment can still be viewed in the mines, and the township has a varied selection of sites, remains, ruins and buildings.

Dramatic natural environment
Yerranderie lies at the centre of a broad visual catchment surrounded by sandstone escarpments and indigenous bushland. The combination of this spectacular natural setting, strong sense of isolation, and the remnants of mining and settlement activity of the past all contribute to give the township a powerful identity and sense of place.

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Alerts

fire bans

A park fire ban applies in the park.
A park fire ban is in place in this park. The park fire ban remains in affect unless otherwise extended or removed. During park fire ban periods, all campfire and solid fuel (wood, heat beads, charcoal, briquettes, hexamite) barbecues and stoves are prohibited. Gas and electric barbecues and cookers are permitted as long as:
  • They're under direct control of an adult
  • The ground within 2m of the barbecue is cleared of all flammable materials
  • There's an adequate supply of water (minimum of a bucket
Penalties apply for non-compliance. Find out more information about fire bans in parks and reserves including your responsibilities visit the NSW National Parks safety page.

Getting there

 Car

From Sydney:

  • Take the Great Western Highway or Bell's Line of Road then turn south at Hartley onto Jenolan Caves Road. Follow this to the turnoff (right) onto Duckmaloi Road (25km to Oberon).
  • Turn south onto Ross Street (in Oberon main street), follow for 400m, turn left to take Edith Road, then right onto Shooters Hill Road.
  • Turn left at signage to Mount Werong (follow onto dirt past the Blue Mountains National Park sign and this becomes Oberon Colong stock route, follow this for 60km of dirt (follow yellow Yerranderie Regional Park signs) and turn left.

NB: No immediate access to/from Sydney, only via Goulburn/Oberon areas: 

  • Please note no access is available from Sydney's west through Burragorang Valley from East (Picton/Oakdale) and there is no access through the valley from the west, in an easterly direction from Yerranderie.
  • Schedule 1 protected water catchment access restrictions ensure Sydney’s water quality and prevent any access through this area
  • Please be aware that many commercially available online mapping and GPS navigation devices do not have this information listed within, and following these without first programming Goulburn or Oberon as an initial destination will cause navigational issues.

From Jenolan Caves - Kowmung fire trail - Dingo Dell:

  • Travellers along this route must have a well-equipped low-range 4WD
  • From Jenolan, follow the road south and turn left into Kanangra Road (at Kanangra-Boyd National Park signage).
  • Travel towards Boyd River campground, but turn off to the right onto Kowmung River fire trail and descend towards Kowmung River. Those unfamiliar with the country should use topographical maps.
  • Cross Kowmung River (always walk the river first to ascertain depth) and traverse two steep ridges.
  • Continue on descending into Dingo Dell campground (creek crossing just before this campground), drive past the campground (back uphill) until you reach Banshea Road. Follow this road until the end, where you turn right onto Oberon Colong historic stock route.

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 Opening times

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

 Close to

Yerranderie Regional Park is close to:

  • Oberon (90km)
  • Sydney (320km)

 Public transport

Yerranderie Regional Park is not accessible by public transport.

 Bike

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

Weather and climate

 Temperature

Summer

  • The average temperature ranges between 17°C and 30°C
  • The area's highest recorded temperature in summer is 42.8°C

Winter ­

  • The average temperature ranges between 3°C and 18°C
  • The area’s lowest recorded temperature in winter is -10°C

 Rainfall

  • The wettest month on average is March, the driest is September.
  • The area's highest recorded rainfall is 245.9mm in one day

Safety

Oberon

Phone: 02 6336 1972
Street address: 38 Ross Street, Oberon NSW
Opening hours: 9.00am - 4.30pm, Monday to Friday

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Post Office Lodge, Yerranderie Regional Park. Photo: D Campbell