Ben Bullen trail
Sydney and surrounds
If you love 4WDing, mountain biking and horse riding, Ben Bullen trail in Gardens of Stone National Park is for you. There are also great places along the trail to pull over and enjoy a picnic and spectacular views.
- Gardens of Stone National Park, Gardens of Stone State Conservation Area in Sydney and surrounds
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Part of National trail, Ben Bullen trail turns Gardens of Stone National Park into a spectacular adventure for driving enthusiasts. Suitable for high clearance and well-equipped 4WDing, the trail snakes along the Great Dividing Range, through Ben Bullen State Forest, and into the park. The 4WD trail passes steep sandstone cliffs along the way, with scenic views over the Wolgan and Capertee valleys.
If driving leaves you itching to stretch your legs, consider tackling parts of the trail via mountain biking. For something a little different, the trail is also terrific for horse riding. Any way you choose to do it, be sure to pack a hamper to break up the journey. With loads of places to pull up and rest along Ben Bullen trail, there are more than enough opportunities for a long picnic lunch and a stroll through the bush. Be sure to admire the wildflowers and stunning rock formations that give the park its evocative name.
For the latest updates on fires, closures and other alerts in this area, see https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/4wd-touring-routes/ben-bullen-trail/local-alerts
- in Gardens of Stone National Park in the Sydney and surrounds region
Gardens of Stone National Park is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.
All the practical information you need to know about Ben Bullen trail.
Getting there and parking
Get driving directions
Ben Bullen trail is in Gardens of Stone National Park. To get there from Lithgow:
- Follow Great Western Highway for 7km, then turn off onto Castlereagh Highway.
- After 4km, turn right onto Wolgan Road and follow it for 9km.
- Turn left onto Ben Bullen trail
Ben Bullen trail is only suitable for high clearance 4WD vehicles. There are large ruts and washed out sections in Ben Bullen State Forest that are not suitable for low clearance vehicles.
- Unsealed roads
- All roads require 4WD vehicle
- Dry weather only
Parking is available along Ben Bullen trail.
Best times to visit
There are lots of great things waiting for you in Gardens of Stone National Park. Here are some of the highlights.
Experience the wonder of the spring bird migrations and enjoy the flowering season for many of the plant species of the park.
Though you need to be prepared for hot weather, this can be a great time to explore the pagodas as deep shade falls between them and in the canyons, making for dramatic photographs.
The light in the mountains is beautiful in winter. Take crystal clear scenic photos from your vantage point on the cliff tops or just marvel at how far you can see from up here.
Weather, temperature and rainfall
8°C and 25°C
0°C and 9°C
The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day
You're encouraged to bring gas or fuel stoves, especially in summer during the fire season.
Maps and downloads
Rock climbing is permitted in this park.
If you're travelling through a national park or reserve on a public road you can have pets inside your vehicle. However, you must keep them inside your vehicle while driving through national parks or reserves. You must also comply with any conditions in the park’s plan of management, and you cannot stop to visit the park or use park facilities (unless for safety reasons, or to use publicly accessible toilets).
NSW national parks are no smoking areas.