Couridjah Corridor walk

Nattai National Park

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Overview

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.

Where
Nattai National Park
Distance
14km return
Time suggested
4 - 6hrs
Grade
Grade 4
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What to
bring
Drinking water, hat, sunscreen, suitable clothing

See some of the best spots of the spectacular Thirlmere Lakes and Nattai National Park along Couridjah Corridor walk. You’ll pass by Hawkesbury sandstone cliffs, sheltered gorges, eucalypt forests and the wetlands of Thirlmere Lakes. When you reach the locked gate, retrace your steps along the return journey.

There’s so much to discover here, including an amazing array of animals and birds, ranging from eastern grey kangaroos, wallaroos and brush-tailed rock wallabies to glossy black cockatoos and powerful owls.

‘Couridjah’ means ‘honey’ in the Gundagurra language, and this land has long been prized by Aboriginal people for its constant water supply and abundant wildlife.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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Park info

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Couridjah Corridor walk.

Track grading

Grade 4

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  • Time

    4 - 6hrs

  • Quality of markings

    Limited signage

  • Gradient

    Gentle hills

  • Distance

    14km return

  • Steps

    Occasional steps

  • Quality of path

    Formed track

  • Experience required

    Some bushwalking experience recommended

Getting there and parking

Couridjah Corridor walk is in the Thirlmere Lakes precinct of Nattai National Park. To get there:

From Picton:

  • Travel south along Remembrance Drive
  • Turn right onto Thirlmere Way, then turn right onto Richardson Street.
  • Veer left at Westbourne Avenue and continue on Barbour Road

From Bargo:

  • Proceed north-west on Remembrance Drive
  • At Tahmoor, turn left onto Bargo River Road and at Couridjah, turn right onto West Parade.
  • Enter Thirlmere Lakes National Park at either Slades Road or Pumphouse Road and follow WE Middleton Memorial Drive until you come to Bluegum carpark near a locked gate.

Parking

Parking is available at Bluegum carpark.

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

You'll need to bring your own cooking water.

Maps and downloads

Safety messages

This park is in a remote location, so please ensure you’re well-prepared, bring appropriate clothing and equipment and advise a family member or friend of 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.
  • The walking opportunities in this park are suitable for experienced bushwalkers who are comfortable undertaking self-reliant hiking

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).

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.

Permitted

You’re encouraged to bring gas or fuel stoves, especially in summer during the fire season.

Prohibited

Pets

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.

Smoking

NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

Learn more

Couridjah Corridor walk 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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