Wadbilliga Road drive

Wadbilliga National Park

Overview

Wadbilliga Road drive is a 4WD touring route that takes you through an incredible range of terrain and environments within Wadbilliga National Park.

Where
Wadbilliga National Park
Distance
35km one-way
Time suggested
1hr 30min
Grade
Medium
Price
Free
What to
bring
Hat, sunscreen
Please note
  • There is limited mobile reception in this park
  • The weather in this area can be extreme and unpredictable, so please be well prepared for your visit.

For the 4WD adventurer with a bit of experience handling diverse terrain, this medium-difficulty route takes you through wild country with incredible mountain views.

Wadbilliga Road drive travels through the middle of Wadbilliga National Park, along the way you’ll traverse a wide range of environments, including coastal forest foothills, high river valley catchment plus rainforest and heathlands, all the while gaining a strong sense of being really close to true wilderness.

The drive is popular with 4WD enthusiasts, mountain bike riders, bushwalkers, remote area vehicle-based campers, and registered motorbike riders alike. It’s a terrific adventure for any outdoor enthusiast looking for an alternate route from coast to tablelands on a road less travelled.

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/things-to-do/4wd-touring-routes/wadbilliga-road-drive/local-alerts

Park info

See more visitor info

Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Wadbilliga Road drive.

Getting there and parking

Get driving directions

Get directions

    Wadbilliga Road drive is in the Wadbilliga Road precinct of Wadbilliga National Park. To get there:

    From Nimmitabel:

    • Turn off the Monaro Highway onto Clarke Street
    • Follow Clarke Street onto Old Bega Road and continue for approximately 4km
    • Turn left into Kybean Road
    • After approximately 20 km turn right into Tuross Road
    • Access the start of Wadbilliga Road at Two River Plains

    Alternatively, if beginning from the east:

    • From the Princes Highway at Cobargo, follow the signs to Wadbilliga National Park via Wandella and Yowrie roads.

    Park entry points

    Road quality

    Check the weather before you set out as Wadbilliga Road can become impassable due to flooding rivers when it rains.

    Best times to visit

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

    Autumn

    Walk to Tuross River Falls now that the days are getting a bit cooler. Or, follow one of the many unsealed roads through Wadbilliga on a mountain bike.

    Spring

    Walk to Turross River Falls for a great half-day adventure. Or, take a back-country hike to Wadbilliga Trig.

    Summer

    Lilo and swim in the many gorgeous pools at the cascades. Camp at the Cascades and watch for greater gliders at night.

    Weather, temperature and rainfall

    Summer temperature

    Average

    8°C and 23°C

    Highest recorded

    38.3°C

    Winter temperature

    Average

    -3°C and 10°C

    Lowest recorded

    -10.5°C

    Rainfall

    Wettest month

    December

    Driest month

    August

    The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

    256mm

    Facilities

    • Firewood is not supplied and may not be collected from the park
    • You are encouraged to bring gas or fuel stoves, especially in summer during the fire season.

    Maps and downloads

    Safety messages

    Bushwalking safety

    If you're keen to head out on a longer walk or a backpack camp, always be prepared. Read these bushwalking safety tips before you set off on a walking adventure in national parks.

    • The walking opportunities in this park are suitable for experienced bushwalkers who are comfortable undertaking self-reliant hiking
    • 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 cycling safety tips.

    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).

    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 dog walking and see the pets in parks policy for more information.

    Smoking

    NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

    Nearby towns

    Bega (91 km)

    With its forests, lush pastures and a coastline sculpted into a succession of wonders by the sea, the Sapphire Coast is a perfect holiday destination at any time of the year. Set in a valley at the junction of the Bega and Brogo rivers and surrounded by rich dairy country, Bega is a handsome, historic town that's the rural centre of the Sapphire Coast and gateway to the lush Bega Valley. Visit the Bega Cheese Heritage Centre, housed in a faithful reproduction of the original, tells the story of cheese-making production in the area.

    www.visitnsw.com

    Cooma (58 km)

    The Snowy Hydro Discovery Centre is a state-of-the-art visitor facility showcasing the story of the Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric Scheme from the early construction days to the role the scheme plays today in the development of Australia.

    www.visitnsw.com

    Nimmitabel (25 km)

    Nimmitabel is a small township on the edge of the Snowy region. The rolling plains are amidst a rich, fertile agricultural zone. The Court House and Lock-Up Museum, that chronicles the history of the town.

    www.visitnsw.com

    Learn more

    Wadbilliga Road drive is in Wadbilliga National Park. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

    A botanist's wonderland

    Rocky creek, Wadbilliga National Park. Photo: L Morrell/OEH

    Wadbilliga has many impressive examples of open forest, woodland, heath, swamp, bogs and numerous pockets of rainforest. There are some rare species of eucalypt and acacia that do not occur anywhere else. In the Wadbilliga Valley, yellow box and forest red gum can be seen, while on the ridge tops tower large stands of silvertop ash with snow gums at high altitudes. The Wadbilliga Plateau also has dwarf she-oaks and rare stunted mallee eucalypts.

    A glimpse of gold mining history

    Cascades, Wadbilliga National Park. Photo: Lucas Boyd

    The surrounding area has a variety of artefacts, structures and features that hark back to gold and silver mining eras, as well as the early forestry history of the local area. Today, visitors can still view various mining remains that are evidence of once arduous searches for gold and other precious materials.

    A natural animal sanctuary

    Epacris impressa, Wadbilliga National Park. Photo: Steve Douglas

    Due to the rugged and isolated nature of the park, animal populations here have remained relatively undisturbed. Many of the park's animals are large marsupials such as swamp wallabies, eastern grey kangaroos and wombats. There are also possums, platypuses and echidnas and one of the biggest greater glider populations in all of Australia. The birdlife is varied too, with over 120 native species. Lyrebirds are common as are many colourful and tuneful bush birds.

    • Cascades walking track and viewing platform Cascades walking track takes you to a viewing platform with scenic views of the spectacular Tuross River, which cascades into a refreshing pool that’s ideal for a summer swim.
    • Tuross Falls walking track Turross Falls walking track is a medium difficulty 4km bushwalk at Wadbilliga National Park featuring scenic views, waterfalls, picnicking opportunities and birdwatching.

    Aboriginal cultural heritage

    Tuross Falls walking track, Wadbilliga National Park. Photo: Lucas Boyd

    The Yuin people consider Wadbilliga National Park a sacred place and many sites in the park are strongly associated with Dreamtime stories. The dissected, rugged escarpment contains a network of bridle tracks that follow both high country and river courses, which Aboriginal people originally used. The bridle tracks are also the most tangible historical link with the first Europeans in the area and were used for transporting produce and moving stock from one location to another. The park is abundant in traditional foods and medicines.

    Education resources (1)

    Wadbilliga Crossing, Wadbilliga National Park. Photo: Lucas Boyd Photography/NSW Government