Big Yango House

Yengo National Park

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Overview

Big Yango House is a perfect base to explore the rich Aboriginal and natural heritage of Yengo National Park, as well as mountain biking, horse riding and birdwatching.

Accommodation Details
Accommodation type House
Bedrooms 3
Maximum guests 8
Facilities Picnic tables, barbecue facilities, public phone, showers, toilets, electric power
What to bring Bed sheets, blankets, pillows, towels, food supplies, drinking water, cooking water
Price
  • Rates and availability are displayed when making an online booking
  • Minimum stay 2 nights. 3 nights over long weekends and school holidays. 4 nights over Easter.
  • To allow for cleaning, no check-ins are allowed on Wednesdays and Sundays, and no departures on Fridays and Saturdays.
  • For stays greater than 7 days, please call the Bulga office.
Bookings

Please note, bookings are not available from 1 November to the end of February each year.

Book online or call the National Parks Contact Centre on 1300 072 757.

Please note
  • Check in at 2pm. Check out at 10am. Fees may apply for late check out.
  • Haddens Hall cabin is available for hire in conjunction with the house. The cabin sleeps up to 4 guests. Bookings available on 13000 72757 only.
  • PIN/combination numbers to access the main gate into Big Yango precinct and the house or cabin will be provided with your booking confirmation.
  • The house is in a remote location, so it’s a good idea to pick up your supplies before you arrive. Small cafes and convenience stores are available at Laguna and Wollombi townships, a 1-hour drive away.
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At the foot of Mount Yengo, Big Yango House provides a comfortable base for the whole family to discover the surrounding wilderness by foot, mountain bike or 4WD.

On your journey to the house, or as an excursion, drop into Finchley lookout for fantastic views across the landscape to Mount Yengo. At the nearby Finchley campground, take a short walk to see the incredible Aboriginal rock engravings, a reminder of the vast array of Aboriginal heritage sites in the area.

Once at the house, enjoy the remoteness and take in the stunning view over the surrounding valleys from the verandah. Relax, unwind and watch out for local wildlife like goannas and wombats passing by.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

Current alerts in this area

There are no current alerts in this area.

Local alerts

For the latest updates on fires, closures and other alerts in this area, see https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/camping-and-accommodation/accommodation/big-yango-house/local-alerts

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Park info

  • in Yengo National Park in the Sydney and surrounds and North Coast regions
  • Yengo National Park is always open, but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

    The Big Yango precinct of the park is within locked gates and requires a permit to enter.

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Big Yango House.

Getting there and parking

Big Yango House is in the Big Yango precinct of Yengo National Park. From Laguna on the Wollombi Road (Tourist Route 33):

  • 1.5km south of Laguna, take Yango Creek Road for 2.2km to the intersection with Upper Yango Creek Road.
  • Turn left onto Upper Yango Creek Road and travel for 2.6km to the intersection with Finchley track.
  • Turn right uphill and follow the road for 9.2km to the Yango track intersection, just past Finchley lookout.
  • Veer right onto Yango track and follow it for 13km, then turn left onto Big Yango Entrance Road where you will find a gate (pin/combination number required).
  • From the gate, travel a further 5km to the house.

There is no access to Big Yango precinct via Stockyard Creek Road near Paynes Crossing. Please take note of this, as navigation tools such as Google Maps may direct you that way if you're travelling from the north.

Entry to Big Yango precinct and surrounds

There is one gate into Big Yango precinct that uses a combination lock.

Other gates such as those at Nowllands trail, Tumbledown, Spring Arm Link, Yango walk and the Yokey trail/Rascally intersection are locked to prevent damage to environmentally sensitive areas, cultural sites or the Yengo Wilderness Area.

Road quality

  • There is 32km of unsealed roads to Big Yango House.
  • Roads are not suitable for vehicles with low ground clearance.
  • 4WD vehicles are required for trails beyond the house.

Parking

Parking is available in front of the house and next to Haddens Hall.

Best times to visit

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

Autumn

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

Spring

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

Summer

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

Winter

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

Facilities

  • Big Yango House: 3 bedrooms: 2 x queen beds, 1 x single bunk bed and 2 x single beds. There is also a fold-out sofa bed in the lounge room.
  • Haddens Hall: 1 bedroom: 1 x single bunk bed and 2 x single beds (call 13000 72757 to book in conjunction with Big Yango House).
  • Big Yango House is fully furnished. It has a kitchen equipped with basic essentials for 12 people, a fridge, microwave and gas oven. There are 2 showers, 2 toilets and gas hot water. There is a slow combustion fireplace in the living room.
  • There is an open fireplace and picnic table outside, and a 4-burner gas barbecue on the verandah.
  • Some firewood is provided for the house's indoor fireplace.
  • Haddens Hall has sleeping facilities only.
  • There’s no television, DVD or stereo.
  • Tank water is available, but it's not suitable for drinking.
  • Please leave the property clean and tidy, with all kitchen items washed up and put away. There may be additional fees for any unreasonable cleaning required or missing/broken items.
  • There are cleaning materials under the sink. Brooms/vacuum cleaner are in the laundry near the rear door.
  • Rubbish bins aren't available. Please take your rubbish with you or you may be charged for additional cleaning fees. Don't burn any rubbish in the fireplaces.
  • Big Yango precinct also has camping available at Blue Gums campground and Mountain Arm campground.
  • Horses can only be housed at the yards near Big Yango House or the yards at Blue Gums campground. The yards are not maintained, and use of the yards is at your own risk. For more information contact the Bulga office.

Toilets

  • Flush toilets

Picnic tables

Barbecue facilities

  • Gas/electric barbecues (free)
  • Wood barbecues (firewood supplied)

Public phone

An emergency phone is available down at the bottom shed below the house. You can only make emergency Triple Zero (000) calls or reverse charge calls.

Showers

  • Hot showers

Electric power

  • Solar power is used to operate all lights, fridge and other electrical devices. Don't remove the plastic power key tag located near the rear door of the house.
  • Please leave electric heaters, hair dryers, portable fridges or other high demand power devices at home to avoid causing the power system to shut down (blackout).

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Safety messages

Fire safety

During periods of fire weather, the Commissioner of the NSW Rural Fire Service may declare a total fire ban for particular NSW fire areas, or statewide. Learn more about total fire bans and fire safety.

In the event of a bushfire, proceed to house and the slashed grassed areas and remain there until emergency services arrive. Report fire by phoning Triple Zero (000) from the emergency phone located outside the bottom shed.

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 and you’ll need mobile reception to call Triple Zero (000).

Depending on your carrier, some reception may be available at the main gate accessing the property, at the top of the hill above the main gate, or on several high ridges that the 4WD trails run along.

Accessibility

Disability access level - no wheelchair access

  • Big Yango House is not wheelchair-accessible.
  • There are 3 steps leading into the back door of the house.
  • The showers and toilet are not wheelchair-accessible.

Permitted

Generators

Generators are permitted as long as due consideration is given to other visitors. Generators may be used outside the house to power portable fridges and other high demand devices, but please note that use is limited to between 10am to 8pm.

Horses

Horses are permitted in the Big Yango precinct, but are limited to the valley floors and set trails.

Prohibited

  • Drones: Flying recreational drones is prohibited in this area. See the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) guidelines and read the Office of Environment and Heritage Drones in Parks policy for more information.
  • Unregistered vehicles such as trail bikes, mini bikes or quad bikes are not permitted.

Gathering firewood

Firewood is not provided for the outside fireplace and may not be collected from the park. You’ll need to bring your own firewood.

Pets

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

Smoking

NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

Nearby towns

Cessnock (47 km)

Some of the finest wines in the world are created in the Hunter Valley and its towns, gourmet food is acclaimed and luxury, boutique accommodations are matched by the most beautiful natural scenery.

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Singleton (48 km)

Just north of Singleton, at the foot of the Mount Royal Range, Lake St Clair makes a great nature lover's playground. Whether it's swimming, sailing, waterskiing, camping, fishing or picnicking you're after, you'll find it here.

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Wollombi (24 km)

Nature abounds in and around Wollombi, in the Hunter Valley region. Nearby are national parks with great bushwalking trails and lookouts and ancient Aboriginal rock carvings.

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Learn more

Big Yango House is in Yengo National Park. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

Amazing animal and birdlife

Small flower on the Circuit Flat walking track, Yengo National Park. Photo: John Spencer

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.

  • Yango walking track Yango walking track in Yengo National Park takes hikers through pristine wilderness, including rainforest, and offers outstanding views.

Ancient Aboriginal culture

Howes trail, Yengo National Park. Photo: John Spencer

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 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 culture of this ancient land and its people.

  • Finchley cultural walk An astonishing wealth of ancient Aboriginal rock art, as well as great insights into Aboriginal history, draws visitors to the Finchley cultural walk.
  • Finchley lookout Finchley lookout offers spectacular views over this remote wilderness area and an insight into the Aboriginal cultural heritage of Yengo National Park.

Remote wilderness to discover

Finchley lookout, Yengo National Park. Photo: John Spencer

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.

  • Big Yango loop trail Big Yango loop trail is a great activity for 4WD touring and mountain biking when staying at Blue Gums campground, Mountain Arm campground or Big Yango House in Yengo National Park.
  • Howes trail Drive through open forests along Howes trail, a must-do 4WD touring route in Yengo National Park.

World Heritage wonders

View of Mount Yengo , Mount Yengo loop trail, Yengo National Park. Photo: John Spencer

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.

  • Howes trail Drive through open forests along Howes trail, a must-do 4WD touring route in Yengo National Park.

Education resources (1)

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