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Byarong Park picnic area

Illawarra Escarpment State Conservation Area

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about the Byarong Park picnic area.

Getting there and parking

Byarong Park picnic area is in the Mount Keira precinct of Illawarra Escarpment State Conservation Area. To get there:

  • Heading south on the Southern Freeway from Waterfall towards Wollongong, exit at Figtree.
  • Turn left onto the Princes Highway
  • After 0.5km, turn left again onto Mount Keira Road. It is 3km to Byarong Park.

Road quality

  • Sealed roads

Vehicle access

  • 2WD vehicles

Weather restrictions

  • All weather


Parking is available but it can be a busy place on the weekend, so it might be limited.

Best times to visit

There are lots of great things waiting for you in Illawarra Escarpment State Conservation Area. Here are some of the highlights.


Enjoy a native wildflower display on the Forest walk.


Cool your heels on the Mount Keira ring track, which threads through refreshing rainforest.


Take advantage of the escarpment elevation for a spot of whale watching north of Mount Keira, or from one of the several lookouts.

Weather, temperature and rainfall

Summer temperature


16.5°C and 25.6°C

Highest recorded


Winter temperature


8.3°C and 18.3°C

Lowest recorded



Wettest month


Driest month


The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day




  • Flush toilets

Picnic tables

Barbecue facilities

  • Gas/electric barbecues (free)


Maps and downloads

Safety messages

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).


Disability access level - medium

Assistance may be required to access this area


Camp fires and solid fuel burners

Fires are not permitted.


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.


NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

Byarong Park picnic area

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Park info

  • 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.