Wollondilly lookout

Nattai National Park

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Overview

The scenic Wollondilly lookout gazes out across the eucalypt forests, sandstone cliffs and mountain ranges of Nattai National Park.

Type
Lookouts
Where
Nattai National Park
Price
Free
What to
bring
Hat, sunscreen, drinking water

Suburbia and city life couldn’t feel further away when you’re gazing out from this lookout at the magnificent mountain and lake views of Nattai National Park.

Take in the incredible sandstone cliff ridges and eucalypt forests of the park. It’s also a great spot for birdwatching and, if you’re lucky, you might even spot some of the eastern grey kangaroos, wallaroos, brush-tailed rock wallabies, koalas or owls that inhabit the park.

Check out the board at the lookout for a map of the area and more information about Nattai’s many amazing attractions.

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/lookouts/wollondilly-lookout/local-alerts

General enquiries

Park info

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Wollondilly lookout.

Getting there and parking

Wollondilly lookout is on the Wombyen Caves Road which, in parts, forms the southern boundary of Nattai National Park. To get there from Mittagong, head west. Wollondilly lookout is approx 30km from Mittagong.

Road quality

  • Unsealed roads

Vehicle access

  • 2WD vehicles

Weather restrictions

  • All weather

Parking

Parking is available at Wollondilly lookout

Best times to visit

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

Autumn

Mild weather and misty mornings; a great time to explore some of the longer hikes in the park, including Starlight's trail and Couridjah Corridor walk.

Spring

Enjoy the incredible array of wildflowers that cover the ground in the rainforests and the mild weather.

Summer

Swim or canoe in the lakes and rivers.

Weather, temperature and rainfall

Summer temperature

Average

22°C and 27°C

Highest recorded

42.8°C

Winter temperature

Average

12°C and 15°C

Lowest recorded

-10° C

Rainfall

Wettest month

March

Driest month

September

The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

247.4mm

Facilities

Drinking water is not available in this area, so it’s a good idea to bring your own.

Carpark

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
  • If you’re bushwalking in this park, it’s a good idea to bring a topographic map and compass, or a GPS.

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).

Prohibited

Gathering firewood

Firewood may not be collected from the park.

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

Berrima (14 km)

Berrima is full to the brim with Australian colonial heritage - from its sandstone buildings and historic courthouse to Australia's oldest licensed pub. Who knows, you might even encounter a ghost here.

www.visitnsw.com

Bowral (19 km)

Spring is tulip time while summer has fragrant roses and autumn, flowering bulbs. Bowral Tulip Festival runs from the end of September until early October; the Autumn Garden Festival is held in May.

www.visitnsw.com

Goulburn (23 km)

Named after Henry Goulburn - the British Secretary of State for the Colonies, Goulburn developed into a major centre for wool, and in 1863, it became Australia's first inland city. Today, the town is a rich hub of history, discovery and natural beauty.

www.visitnsw.com

Learn more

Wollondilly lookout is in Nattai National Park. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

Dharawal and Gundangarra territory

Views from Wollondilly lookout, Nattai National Park. Photo: John Spencer

The Nattai area is the traditional territory of the Dharawal and Gundangarra Aboriginal peoples. The Wollondilly and Burragorang valleys historically form a transition zone between the two. The land and waterways, and the plants and animals that live in them, feature in all facets of Aboriginal culture, including recreational, ceremonial, spiritual, and as a main source of food and medicine. They are closely associated with the dreaming stories and cultural learning that are still passed on to this day.

See the forest through the trees

Reeds along the riverbank, Nattai National Park. Photo: Rosie Nicolai

Nattai is a wonderful place to revel in the beauty of Australian land, thanks to its incredible range of environments, from exposed sandstone plateau tops to wild rainforest and sheltered gorges. Stroll among eucalyptus trees, pockets of blue-leaved stringybark forest and, on the Nattai River, majestic stands of Nattai Sandstone River peppermint forest. In the northern part of the park, you'll find communities of red bloodwood, Sydney blackbutt, red ironbark, scribbly gum, Sydney peppermint, and smooth-barked apple trees. The incredible range of wildlife you can encounter in Nattai National Park will thrill animal-lovers. A huge variety of remote habitats support up to nine species of frogs, 160 species of birds, and 19 species of reptiles; not to mention, wallaroos, emus, swamp wallabies, grey kangaroos, dingoes, wombats, echidnas, forest microbats, gliders, and wallaroos. Among the threatened species you may see are brush-tailed rock wallabies, long-nosed potoroos, tiger quolls, powerful owls, and glossy black cockatoos.

  • Couridjah Corridor walk Couridjah Corridor walk is a 14km return walk that takes in both Thirlmere Lakes National Park and Nattai National Park. Great for hiking, bushwalking and birdwatching.
  • Wollondilly lookout The scenic Wollondilly lookout gazes out across the eucalypt forests, sandstone cliffs and mountain ranges of Nattai National Park.

Wilderness adventures

Views along the along the river, Nattai National Park. Photo: John Spencer

For the adventurous hiker, Nattai is a wilderness paradise offering rugged walking experiences rarely found so close to major cities and towns. There are several long hikes that will suit well-equipped nature lovers. Choose between a number of routes, all of them featuring incredible scenery among the sandstone cliffs, rainforest and woodlands, including Couridjah Corridor walk, Mount Jellore, Starlight's trail, or the Nattai River trail.

  • Starlights trail Starlights trail is a scenic bushwalk, suited to experienced hikers, which forms part the Greater Blue Mountains trail network between Mittagong and Katoomba.

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Wollondolly lookout, Nattai National Park. Photo: Rosie Nicolai