Big Yango loop trail

Yengo National Park

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Overview

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.

Where
Yengo National Park
Distance
22km loop
Time suggested
1.5 to 2 hr
Grade
Medium
What to
bring
Drinking water, hat, sunscreen, suitable clothing
Please note
  • Vehicle access to this attraction is only available to visitors who are camping or staying at Big Yango House, Blue Gums campground or Mountain Arm campground. Gate codes will be provided in booking confirmations.
  • This trail is only suitable for experienced 4WD drivers and 4WD vehicles with low range.
  • The weather in this area can be extreme and unpredictable, so please ensure you’re well-prepared for your visit.

The Big Yango loop trail is a great way to get away from it all and explore this rugged landscape. Whether you're in a 4WD or on a mountain bike, it's an excellent way to experience the remoteness of Yengo for yourself.

Not for the faint-hearted, the 22km trail includes some steep climbs and descents, as well as a few tight switchbacks. There are several washed-out areas along the track that are difficult to drive, so this trail is recommended only for very experienced 4WD drivers.

Take in spectacular views of the vast landscape, which extends west over the Yengo and Wollemi wilderness areas, out as far west as Newnes and Rylstone. Watch out for wombats, wallabies and even goannas. And, if visiting in spring, be sure to stop to enjoy the wonderful display of wildflowers.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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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/things-to-do/4wd-touring-routes/big-yango-loop-trail/local-alerts

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 loop trail.

Getting there and parking

Big Yango loop trail is in the Big Yango precinct of Yengo National Park. 

A gate code is required to access this area and access is only for those staying overnight at the Big Yango House, Blue Gums campground or Mountain Arm campground. There is no access for day visitors.

To get there:

  • Turn right onto the start of Big Yango loop trail at the display shelter near Big Yango House
  • Follow the trail past Blue Gums campground and Yango walking track
  • Continue in an anti-clockwise direction around the back of Mount Yengo.

Road quality

  • This trail is only suitable for 4WD vehicles with low range
  • Check the weather before you set out as Big Yango loop trail can become boggy when it rains.

Parking

Parking is available at the start of the Mount Yengo loop trail.

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 veranda and chilly nights by the fireplace.

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Safety messages

  • We recommended that you travel in a group of 2 or more vehicles, just in case assistance is required.
  • This park is in a remote location, so please ensure you’re well-prepared, bring appropriate clothing and equipment and advise a family member or friend of your travel plans.

Cycling safety

Hundreds of cyclists head to our national parks for fun and adventure. If you're riding your bike through a national park, read these mountain biking and cycling safety tips.

Mobile safety

Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency Plus 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).

River and lake safety

The aquatic environment around rivers, lakes and lagoons can be unpredictable. If you're visiting these areas, take note of these river and lake safety tips.

Prohibited

Pets

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

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).

Smoking

NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

Learn more

Big Yango loop trail 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.
  • Wollombi Aboriginal culture tours and camps Immerse yourself in the world’s oldest living culture and visit important spiritual and cultural sites in and around Yengo National Park on tours with Wollombi Aboriginal Cultural Experiences and Consultancy.

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.

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