Finchley cultural walk

Yengo National Park

Overview

An astonishing wealth of ancient Aboriginal rock art, as well as great insights into Aboriginal history, draws visitors to the Finchley cultural walk.

Where
Yengo National Park
Distance
1km return
Time suggested
15 - 45min
Grade
Grade 3
Price
Free
What to
bring
Hat, sunscreen, drinking water
Please note
  • The weather in this area can be extreme and unpredictable, so please ensure you’re well-prepared for your visit.
  • Remember to take your binoculars if you want to birdwatch

An easy walk that can be enjoyed by pretty much everyone, the Finchley cultural walk gives people a real understanding and respect for one of the best Aboriginal sites in Australia, the Finchley Aboriginal engravings.

It’s a short walk with informative signs along the way giving insight into the Aboriginal culture of the area.

Come in spring or autumn when conditions are ideal in this lush bushland setting. When the sun is out, you’ll see heaps of goannas, and, in spring, the red and yellow grevilleas and cream and yellow geebungs add gorgeous colour to what is already a stunning landscape.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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/walking-tracks/finchley-cultural-walk/local-alerts

Park info

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Finchley cultural walk.

Track grading

Grade 3

Learn more about the grading system Features of this track
  • Time

    15 - 45min

  • Quality of markings

    Clearly sign posted

  • Gradient

    Gentle hills

  • Distance

    1km return

  • Steps

    No steps

  • Quality of path

    Formed track, some obstacles

  • Experience required

    No experience required

Getting there and parking

Get driving directions

Get directions

    The Finchley cultural walk is in Yengo National Park. To get there:

    • Take the Yango Creek Road from Wollombi or Laguna
    • Then Upper Yango Creek Road onto the Finchley track
    • Follow Finchley track past Finchley lookout, then turn left onto Yango track.

    Park entry points

    Road quality

    Check the weather before you set out as the road to Finchley cultural walk can become slippery when it rains.

    Parking

    Parking is available.

    Best times to visit

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

    Autumn

    Try mountain bike-riding around the Mount Yengo loop trail.

    Spring

    Set up camp at either Blue Gums or Mountain Arm campground and enjoy the stunning spring wildflower display.

    Summer

    Great for 4WD touring, experience those amazing sunsets and spectacular views from Finchley lookout.

    Winter

    Make Big Yango House your base to explore the park, enjoy warm days on the veranda and chilly nights by the fireplace.

    Facilities

    Drinking water is not available in this area, so it’s a good idea to bring your own.

    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.

    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).

    Prohibited

    Gathering firewood

    Firewood may not be collected from the park

    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.

    Nearby towns

    Cessnock (37 km)

    Some of the finest wines in the world are created in the Hunter Valley and its towns, gourmet food is acclaimed and luxury, boutique accommodations are matched by the most beautiful natural scenery.

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    Singleton (44 km)

    Just north of Singleton, at the foot of the Mount Royal Range, Lake St Clair makes a great nature lover's playground. Whether it's swimming, sailing, waterskiing, camping, fishing or picnicking you're after, you'll find it here.

    www.visitnsw.com

    Wollombi (13 km)

    Nature abounds in and around Wollombi, in the Hunter Valley region. Nearby are national parks with great bushwalking trails and lookouts and ancient Aboriginal rock carvings.

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    Learn more

    Finchley cultural walk is in Yengo National Park. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

    Amazing animal and birdlife

    Small flower on the Circuit Flat walking track, Yengo National Park. Photo: John Spencer

    Yengo is home to a great diversity of wildlife, including around 50 species of mammals such as wombats, wallaroos, koalas and gliding possums, and over 200 species of birds. Watch out for the gang gang, yellow-tailed and glossy black cockatoos gliding between the treetops, or see if you can spot a lyrebird darting across bush tracks. Look closely at the steep rugged cliff faces found in the park as you might catch a glimpse of the endangered brush-tailed rock-wallaby.

    • Yango walking track Yango walking track in Yengo National Park takes hikers through pristine wilderness, including rainforest, and offers outstanding views.

    Ancient Aboriginal culture

    Howes trail, Yengo National Park. Photo: John Spencer

    Yengo National Park and the surrounding areas have been an important spiritual and cultural place for the Darkinjung and Wonnarua People for thousands of years. No wonder there are over 640 recorded Aboriginal cultural sites in the park and nearby areas. Creation stories recount that Biamie, the ancestral being, stepped off the flat top of Mount Yengo into the sky when he finished his creation. Today, Aboriginal stories and rock engravings connect us with the rich culture of this ancient land and its people.

    • Finchley cultural walk An astonishing wealth of ancient Aboriginal rock art, as well as great insights into Aboriginal history, draws visitors to the Finchley cultural walk.
    • Finchley lookout Finchley lookout offers spectacular views over this remote wilderness area and an insight into the Aboriginal cultural heritage of Yengo National Park.

    Remote wilderness to discover

    Finchley lookout, Yengo National Park. Photo: John Spencer

    Yengo offers a range of activities and options for all ages. Unsealed tracks through remote valleys provide opportunities to explore the park on mountain bike or by 4WD. For bushwalkers, there are many options to experience the rugged beauty of the park on foot, with both short walks and overnight walks. In the Big Yango precinct, there are even opportunities for horse riding adventures.

    • Big Yango loop trail Big Yango loop trail is a great activity for 4WD touring and mountain biking when staying at Blue Gums campground, Mountain Arm campground or Big Yango House in Yengo National Park.
    • Howes trail Drive through open forests along Howes trail, a must-do 4WD touring route in Yengo National Park.

    World Heritage wonders

    View of Mount Yengo , Mount Yengo loop trail, Yengo National Park. Photo: John Spencer

    Yengo National Park is one of the eight conservation areas that make up the massive Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area. Covering one million hectares, it was included in the World Heritage list in December 2000 for its remarkable geographic, botanic and cultural values. There are more than 90 different eucalypt species found here - some 13 per cent of all eucalypt species in the world.

    • Howes trail Drive through open forests along Howes trail, a must-do 4WD touring route in Yengo National Park.

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    Finchley Cultural Walk, Yengo National Park. Photo: John Spencer