Molly O'Neill nature track

Bungonia National Park

Overview

Enjoy this easy walk along Molly O’Neill nature track which passes through open woodland, teeming with wildlife, takes in limestone outcrops, and ends at Bungonia lookdown.

Where
Bungonia National Park
Accessibility
Medium
Distance
0.3km one-way
Time suggested
15 - 45min
Grade
Grade 2
Price
Free
Entry fees
Park entry fees apply
What to
bring
Drinking water, hat, sunscreen
Please note
  • On entering the park, register your trip intention at the park office visitor register.
  • 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.

Molly O’Neill was an amateur botanist who passionately dedicated herself to exploring and researching what was, at the time, Bungonia Reserve and is now Bungonia National Park. It is only fitting, therefore, that a walking track has been named in her honour.

Take your time along this short track to read the interpretive signage and see what you can learn about some of the plants native to the park. Enjoy the wildflowers during spring and keep your binoculars handy to look at the wildlife whose habitats you’re passing through. During daylight hours, you’re most likely to see wallaroos, wallabies, kangaroos, goannas and lyrebirds. At night, you may get a glimpse of a glider and you will almost certainly see possums.

The track passes through the park’s typical eucalyptus woodland with limestone outcrops and ends, with a flourish at The Lookdown lookout. For a longer hike try the Green track.

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/molly-oneill-nature-track/local-alerts

Park info

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Molly O'Neill nature track.

Track grading

Grade 2

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

    15 - 45min

  • Quality of markings

    Clearly sign posted

  • Gradient

    Flat

  • Distance

    0.3km one-way

  • Steps

    Occasional steps

  • Quality of path

    Formed track

  • Experience required

    No experience required

Getting there and parking

Get driving directions

Get directions

    Molly O’Neill nature track is in the northern precinct of Bungonia National Park. To get there:

    • From Bungonia follow Lookdown Road to the park entrance
    • Drive past the park office and continue along Lookdown Road until you reach David Reid carpark.

    Alternatively, the walk can also be started from The Lookdown lookout.

    Park entry points

    Parking

    Parking is available at David Reid carpark, including a designated disabled spot.

    Best times to visit

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

    Autumn

    After the heat of summer has subsided, take advantage of the milder weather for hiking in the park.

    Spring

    Enjoy bushwalking in the comfortable temperatures of this time of year when the wildflowers are at their finest. Late in the season, the stands of brittle gum become extremely photogenic as their white trunks turn pink.

    Winter

    Deeper exploration of caves is possible when their carbon dioxide levels reduce in winter as the warm air from within rises and the caves ‘breathe'.

    Weather, temperature and rainfall

    Summer temperature

    Average

    12°C and 26°C

    Highest recorded

    40°C

    Winter temperature

    Average

    1°C and 13°C

    Lowest recorded

    -9°C

    Rainfall

    Wettest month

    March

    Driest month

    September

    The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

    200.7mm

    Facilities

    • Facilities, including toilets, picnic tables and barbecues, are available at David Reid carpark.
    • There is limited water available in this area, so it’s a good idea to bring your own.

    Maps and downloads

    Safety messages

    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).

    Accessibility

    Disability access level - medium

    • The first 250m of this track is a flat gravel path that winds through eucalypt forest.
    • Some assistance may be required for wheelchairs and visitors with limited mobility, as you make your way along the gravel surface.
    • The last 50m of track is a concrete path that leads to a timber boardwalk lookout with railings.
    • Picnic tables, and toilets with concrete path access, are available at David Reid carpark, at the start of the track.
    • If you prefer to avoid the gravel walk, you can park at Bungonia Lookdown carpark and take the concrete path to the lookout.

    Medium access presents some minor difficulties, such as a grassy surface. You may require a little assistance to get around in some areas.

    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.

    Nearby towns

    Bowral

    Spring is tulip time while summer has fragrant roses and autumn, flowering bulbs. Bowral Tulip Festival runs from the end of September until early October; the Autumn Garden Festival is held in May.

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    Bundanoon

    Bundanoon is the northern gateway to Morton National Park. Follow the well-marked bushwalking trails in one of NSW's largest national parks, admiring waterfalls that plunge into valleys below.

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    Goulburn

    Named after Henry Goulburn - the British Secretary of State for the Colonies, Goulburn developed into a major centre for wool, and in 1863, it became Australia's first inland city. Today, the town is a rich hub of history, discovery and natural beauty.

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    Learn more

    Molly O'Neill nature track is in Bungonia National Park. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

    Endless caving opportunities

    Bungonia lookout, Bungonia National Park. Photo: OEH

    Known as the adventure capital of the Southern Tablelands, Bungonia is a place to really test your limits. There are around 200 wild caves in the park, many of which are open for experienced cavers to explore. For an exciting journey of waterfalls and plunge pools, Bungonia Creek and Jerrara Creek are the most popular canyoning spots. Bungonia Slot Canyon provides one of the few opportunities in Australia for climbing limestone and is as dramatic a place to scale a rock wall as its name suggests.

    • De Kerrilleau picnic area Bungonia National Park, in easy reach of Canberra, is an outdoor adventure playground offering caving, canyoning, rock climbing, abseiling, hiking and impressive views.
    • The Lookdown lookout It’s an easy walk from the carpark at the end of Lookdown Road to Bungonia lookdown, which offers superb scenic views into Bungonia Creek Gorge and beyond.

    Once upon a time

    Shoalhaven Gorge, Bungonia National Park. Photo: OEH

    The park lies across the traditional lands of the Njunawal tribal group, the northwest corner of the Wandandian tribal territory and the southern boundary of the Gandangara tribal group. The ridge tops were almost certainly travel routes as people shifted in accordance with the seasonal availability of food. Evidence of campsites exists on the main plateau and limestone dolines contain edible plants consumed or used by Aboriginal people.

    One of our oldest parks

    Adams lookout, Bungonia National Park. Photo: Ford Kristo

    This park is one of the oldest in New South Wales. It was first protected as a water reserve in 1872, which was also the same year the world's first national park - Yellowstone, in USA - was established. Just as Yellowstone's geothermal features pull the crowds, Bungonia's geomorphology, both above and belowground, are its main draw. Louis Guymer was the park's first caretaker (1889-1909), who discovered caves and erected gates and ladders, some of which you may use during your visit.

    Winged and furry

    Lace Monitor, Bungonia National Park. Photo: Mark Selmes

    The vulnerable large bent-wing bat calls Bungonia home, and certain caves are closed during the year to help provide a safe environment for breeding and hibernation. When open, look out for a colony, cloud or cauldron of bats as you explore the limestone labyrinths of their natural habitat. A small population of koalas, classified as threatened, also inhabit the park.

    • Adams lookout Adams lookout, great for birdwatching and picnicking, is the only platform in Bungonia that offers a view of the magnificent limestone feature of Bungonia Slot Canyon.
    • Green track Enjoy Green track’s fairly easy hike, a walking track loop through woodlands, gullies, gorges and rainforest, taking in all the park’s major scenic lookouts and wildlife.

    Education resources (1)

    Molly O'Neil Track, Bungonia National Park. Photo: Audrey Kutzner/NSW Government