Molly O'Neill nature track

Bungonia National Park

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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.

0.3km one-way
Time suggested
15 - 45min
Grade 2
Entry fees
Park entry fees apply
What to
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


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Track grading

Features of this track


0.3km one-way


15 - 45min

Quality of markings

Clearly sign posted

Experience required

No experience required



Quality of path

Formed track: From David Reid carpark, the first 250m of the track is a flat gravel path. Wheelchair users and people with reduced mobility may need assistance along the gravel surface.

The last 50m of the track is a concrete path that leads to a timber boardwalk lookout.


Occasional steps: There are no steps along this walk, but there are 20 timber steps without handrails on the detour that leads to Lyrebird's Lair Cave.

Other barriers

Pinch points: There are no significant pinch points along the walk, but there may be sections where rocks or plants cause the track to narrow slightly.

Getting there and parking

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    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.


    There's parking where the walk begins at bitumen David Reid carpark, including 1 designated accessible parking spot.

    There's also a smaller bitumen carpark near The Lookdown lookout if you'd like to start the track from there instead. It has 1 designated accessible parking spot.

    Best times to visit

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


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


    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.


    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


    12°C and 26°C

    Highest recorded


    Winter temperature


    1°C and 13°C

    Lowest recorded



    Wettest month


    Driest month


    The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day



    • Facilities, including accessible 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.

    Seats and resting points

    There's a seat with a backrest at the northern end of the track near The Lookdown lookout. There are also picnic tables where you can rest at the southern end of the track, near David Reid carpark.

    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 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).


    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.
    • There are picnic tables and accessible toilets with a concrete path leading to them 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.



    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.


    NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

    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.

    • Bungonia Gorge guided adventure treks Go on a day hike or weekend trek to Bungonia Gorge with 100% Adventure. It’s a great way to experience Bungonia National Park, the adventure capital of the Southern Tablelands.

    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.

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