Mount Brogden walking track
Cocoparra National Park
Visit Mount Brogden walking track in Cocoparra National Park, near Griffith, for some excellent birdwatching, and enjoy Murrumbidgee River views.
- Cocoparra National Park
- 4.6km return
- Time suggested
- 2 - 3hrs
- Grade 4
- Opening times
Mount Brogden walking track is always open, but may have to close at times due to bad weather or fire danger.
- What to
- Drinking water, hat, sunscreen
A real nature-lover’s track, this great half-day walk leads you to the lookout at the top of Mount Brogden.
As you set out, take a good look at the surrounding native bushland. It’s predominantly white cypress pine, with a smattering of bimble box trees thrown in for good measure. As the track increases in height, however, you’ll notice black cypress pines, Dwyer’s mallee gums and drooping she-oaks becoming more prevalent. Look for the orangey-brown blooms of rusty spider flowers amongst it all, or, better yet, do this walk in spring for an all-encompassing display of wildflowers.
Continue hiking up past the rugged ranges, all the while looking out for kangaroos and echidnas, as well as birdwatching enthusiast favourites such as honeyeaters, parrots and glossy black cockatoos.
Whether you’re a keen bushwalker, birdwatcher or photographer, you’re bound to be amazed by the view from the top of this scenic walking track. As you take in the patchwork farmland, pretty gullies and Murrumbidgee River tree-line, you’re sure to be planning your next visit to this scenic pocket of south-western NSW.
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- National Parks Contact Centre
- 7am to 7pm daily
- 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS) for the cost of a local call within Australia excluding mobiles
- in Cocoparra National Park in the Murray-Riverina region
Cocoparra National Park is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.
All the practical information you need to know about Mount Brogden walking track.
Grade 4Learn more about the grading system Features of this track
2 - 3hrs
Quality of markings
Short steep hills
Quality of path
Rough track, many obstacles
Some bushwalking experience recommended
Getting there and parking
Get driving directions
Mount Brogden walking track starts at the picnic area on Binya Forest Drive in Binya State Forest, leading into the southern end of Cocoparra National Park. To get there from Griffith:
- Travel along Burley Griffin Way past Yenda
- Turn left onto Barry Scenic Drive
- Turn right onto Binya Forest Drive after about 3.5km
- You’ll find the picnic area about 4.5 km along the road
Check the weather before you set out as the road to the Mount Brogden walking track can become boggy when it rains.
Parking is available at the picnic area off Binya Forest Drive in Binya State Forest, where the track begins.
Best times to visit
There are lots of great things waiting for you in Cocoparra National Park. Here are some of the highlights.
Camp at Woolshed Flat while the days are still long and warm enough to explore the walking tracks and the cool nights are pleasant for sitting and watching the sun set Keep an eye out for the autumn greenhood, an early flowering orchid. .
Take Jacks Creek walking track to see gorgeous spring flowers, including orchids, daisies, wattles and tea-trees. Watch the first rainbow bee-eaters arrive to build nests in the ground. Their brilliant colours are dazzling. Climb Mount Brodgen to look out over the plains and the tree line of Murrumbidgee River .
Winter rains bring the creeks and falls to life, and the blue-tinged cypress pine trees contrast against the red rocks beautifully after wet weather. The mosses and lichens on Falcon Falls walking track are also renewed with the seasonal rains Wattles begin to flower and their glorious colour will brighten up a cold day .
Weather, temperature and rainfall
15°C and 33°C
3°C and 17°C
The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day
Drinking water is limited or not available so you'll need to bring your own.
Maps and downloads
Mount Brogden walking track is in Cocoparra National Park. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:
A haven for birds
This is a mecca for birdwatchers, with many resident and migratory species recorded here. Look out for the locally-threatened glossy-black cockatoo drinking from dams at dusk or quietly feeding on the seeds of the drooping she-oak. You may also see the many endangered woodland birds such as the hooded robin, speckled warbler, varied sittella, grey-crowned babbler, diamond firetail or shy heathwren. You can also visit the nesting grounds of the peregrine falcon at Falcon Falls.
- Falcon Falls walking track Take Falcon Falls walking track for bushwalking past waterfalls and for spectacular woodland birdwatching, including magnificent peregrine falcons during nesting season.
- Mount Brogden walking track Visit Mount Brogden walking track in Cocoparra National Park, near Griffith, for some excellent birdwatching, and enjoy Murrumbidgee River views.
Ancient Aboriginal sites
This is Wiradjuri country, and the many Aboriginal sites within Cocoparra National Park suggest intensive use during winter and spring when food resources became scarce along rivers, with surface water available in the protected valleys of the range. The name 'Cocoparra' comes from the Aboriginal 'cocupara', or kookaburra.
Dramatic rock formations
Conserving an important area of native vegetation, Cocoparra National Park stands out amid the surrounding plains and farmlands with its rugged ranges and spectacular scenery. Deep narrow valleys, folded and eroded rock faces and delightful waterfalls mean that the view is always changing. For a dramatic overview of the plains, take Jacks Creek or Mount Brogden walking tracks. The rugged, craggy landscape of the Cocoparra Range produces a great variety of habitats. You’ll find woodlands and forests occupied by white cypress pine, Dwyer’s mallee gum, kurrajong, yellow box and many more during your bushwalks. If you’re a budding botanist, you’ll love the delicate orchids and spring wildflowers.
- Jacks Creek walking track Jacks Creek walking track threads through a sheltered gorge and upon ridge tops. You’ll enjoy scenic views, plentiful birdwatching and diverse habitats.
- Woolshed Falls walking track Woolshed Falls walking track, near Griffith, is located in Cocoparra National Park, close to Woolshed Flat campground. It’s great for walking with kids.