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Byarong Park picnic area

Illawarra Escarpment State Conservation Area

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Easily accessible and featuring all the facilities needed to enjoy a barbecue, the popular Byarong Park picnic area also offers walking track access and birdwatching.

Picnic areas
Opening times

Byarong Park picnic area is open sunrise to sunset

What to
Drinking water, hat, sunscreen
Please note
Remember to take your binoculars if you want to bird watch.

Nestled in the Mount Keira foothills, this leafy picnic spot offers a terrific place to fire up the barbecue on a summer’s day. Its convenient location close to Wollongong, and great facilities make it a favourite for families and picnickers.

With plenty of kookaburras, lyrebirds and vibrant parrots overhead, it’s a good idea to bring binoculars for birdwatching. You might even spot an Australian brush turkey, once locally extinct but now on the rise in the Conservation Area.

Adventurers and historians will be able to follow the Mount Keira ring track, tracing some of Surveyor-General Thomas Mitchell’s 1834 road into the Illawarra. Strap on your hiking boots for a scenic walk before an afternoon sausage sizzle.

Take a virtual tour of Byarong Park picnic area captured with Google Street View Trekker.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info


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A family walk a boardwalk section of Bouddi coastal walk, Bouddi National Park. Photo: John Spencer/OEH.

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  • in Illawarra Escarpment State Conservation Area in the South Coast region
  • Illawarra Escarpment State Conservation Area is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger. However, it is recommended that bushwalking only be undertaken during daylight hours because of the presence of cliff edges and other hazards.

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