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Byarong Park picnic area

Illawarra Escarpment State Conservation Area

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

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.

Spring

Enjoy a native wildflower display on the Forest walk.

Summer

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

Winter

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

Average

16.5°C and 25.6°C

Highest recorded

42.3°C

Winter temperature

Average

8.3°C and 18.3°C

Lowest recorded

-0.5°C

Rainfall

Wettest month

April

Driest month

August

The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

316mm

Facilities

Toilets

  • Flush toilets

Picnic tables

Barbecue facilities

  • Gas/electric barbecues (free)

Carpark

Maps and downloads

Safety messages

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).

Accessibility

Disability access level - medium

Assistance may be required to access this area

Prohibited

Camp fires and solid fuel burners

Fires are not permitted.

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.

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.

Byarong Park Picnic Area hero, Illawarra Escarpment State Conservation Area. Photo: John Spencer