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Howes trail

Yengo National Park

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Howes trail .

Getting there and parking

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    Howes trail is in the northern area of Yengo National Park. To get there:

    • Travel south 25km along Putty Road from Bulga, where you’ll find the start of the trail just south of Howes Valley.
    • The start of the trail is not clearly marked, so watch out for the red farm gate with the words 'fire trail' marked on it.
    • You can also access the trail from the eastern side of the reserve from Laguna and Wollombi via Yango Creek Road, then Finchley track.

    Best times to visit

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


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


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


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


    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

    • The weather in the area can be extreme and unpredictable, so please ensure you’re well prepared for your visit
    • Check the weather before you set out as Howes trail can become boggy when it rains

    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).


    Camp fires and solid fuel burners

    You’re encouraged to bring gas or fuel stoves, especially in summer during the fire season.



    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).


    NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

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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.