Long Gully picnic area

Budawang National Park

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Overview

Long Gully picnic area is a comfortable spot to settle down for the day beside scenic Yadboro River, with nearby swimming and day walks for the experienced hiker.

Type
Picnic areas
Where
Budawang National Park in South Coast, Country NSW
Please note
  • The Budawangs is a declared wilderness area and to protect the environment there are some restrictions on group sizes, firewood use and camping locations, including camping in rock overhangs. 
  • A permit is needed to camp at Cooyoyo Creek over the Easter and October long weekends.

An entrance to Budawang National Park but much more besides, Long Gully picnic area is your first glimpse of the wilderness within. Facilities are basic, but all you need for a terrific picnic is a packed lunch and an appreciation for nature. This is a remote and secluded spot for people wanting to break away from civilisation for a day. The nearby campground lets you stretch it out to a long weekend if you’d prefer.

Settle down beneath a blackbutt tree and watch the wallabies go by, foraging in the undergrowth. Bring a ball and take advantage of the open space beside Yadboro River.

This is also a good jumping-off point for the advanced hiking opportunities into the Budawangs area of Morton National Park, including the Castle; the trail leaves from here. Day walks in the national park should only be attempted by well-equipped, experienced walkers. Don’t forget to tell somebody where you’re going.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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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/picnic-areas/long-gully-picnic-area/local-alerts

General enquiries

Park info

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about the Long Gully picnic area.

Getting there and parking

Long Gully campground is at the northern end of Budawang National Park. To get there from Milton:

  • Follow the signs to Pigeon House Mountain Didthul
  • Rather than turning onto Pigeon House Road, continue on Yadboro Road and cross Clyde River, merging onto the Western Distributor.
  • Turn right onto Long Gully Road and continue to the campground

Please note, there is no long vehicle access to Long Gully campground.

Road quality

Check the weather before you set out as the road to Long Gully can become boggy when it rains.

  • Unsealed roads

Vehicle access

  • All roads require 4WD vehicle

Weather restrictions

  • Dry weather only

Parking

Parking is available at Long Gully picnic area.

Best times to visit

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

Autumn

The clear autumn weather is perfect for walking to the top of Mount Budawang, which can be covered in scenic clouds.

Spring

As the weather warms up, this is a perfect time to take advantage of Long Gully campground.

Winter

Take a drive along the Western Distributor to view the steep slopes of the Budawang Range from the warmth of your car.

Weather, temperature and rainfall

Summer temperature

Average

10.5°C and 25.4°C

Highest recorded

41.1°C

Winter temperature

Average

0.4°C and 12.1°C

Lowest recorded

-9.2°C

Rainfall

Wettest month

January

Driest month

July

The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

199.9mm

Facilities

Toilets

  • Non-flush toilets

Picnic tables

Carpark

Maps and downloads

Safety messages

  • A dangerous unexploded ordnance is located in the former Tianjara Military Training Area.
  • This park is in a remote location, so please be well-prepared and tell family or friends about your travel plans.

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.

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).

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.

Learn more

Long Gully picnic area is in Budawang National Park. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

A natural haven

Looking towards Mount Budawang, Budawang National Park. Photo: Lucas Boyd

Budawang supports a wide variety of trees and plants, so budding naturalists will find much of interest here. The eastern slopes of the range contain tall eucalypt forests, temperate rainforest, and several threatened species. There are Budawang ash and pinkwoods as well. Higher up, on the summits of Mount Budawang and Currockbilly Mountain, visitors can see the endemic species of Budawang wallaby grass - it doesn't grow anywhere else in the world.

  • Long Gully picnic area Long Gully picnic area is a comfortable spot to settle down for the day beside scenic Yadboro River, with nearby swimming and day walks for the experienced hiker.

Old stock routes

Mount Budawang trail, Budawang National Park. Photo: Lucas Boyd

Once European settlers arrived, early exploration of the area concentrated on finding routes across the rugged escarpment country to link the tablelands and coast. Many of the ancient Aboriginal pathways became an important part of the early bridle trail network used for movement of stock. One of these was Wog Wog track, which was used to move cattle from Braidwood to the coast.

Volcanic foundations

View from Mount Budawang, Budawang National Park. Photo: Lucas Boyd

Southern Budawang Range is formed on Devonian sediments that were uplifted to form the Budawang Synclinorium. Volcanic rock on the slopes slowly transforms into fertile soil that supports the varied ecosystems of tall moist forest and rainforest. The altitude range in the park is more than 800 metres, though two peaks in the park - Mount Budawang and Currockbilly Mountain - rise to over 1,100m above sea level.

  • Mount Budawang trail A challenging yet rewarding walk, cutting through several environments; from grassy woodland to montane forest, and finishing at the summit for scenic views.

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