Mount Brogden walking track

Cocoparra National Park

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Overview

Visit Mount Brogden walking track in Cocoparra National Park, near Griffith, for some excellent birdwatching, and enjoy Murrumbidgee River views.

Where
Cocoparra National Park
Distance
4.6km return
Time suggested
2 - 3hrs
Grade
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
bring
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.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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All the practical information you need to know about Mount Brogden walking track.

Track grading

Grade 4

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

    2 - 3hrs

  • Quality of markings

    Sign posted

  • Gradient

    Short steep hills

  • Distance

    4.6km return

  • Steps

    Many steps

  • Quality of path

    Rough track, many obstacles

  • Experience required

    Some bushwalking experience recommended

Getting there and parking

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Get 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

    Road quality

    Check the weather before you set out as the road to the Mount Brogden walking track can become boggy when it rains.

    Parking

    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.

    Autumn

    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. .

    Spring

    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

    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

    Summer temperature

    Average

    15°C and 33°C

    Highest recorded

    44.7°C

    Winter temperature

    Average

    3°C and 17°C

    Lowest recorded

    –4.8°C

    Rainfall

    Wettest month

    October

    Driest month

    December

    The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

    111.3mm

    Facilities

    Drinking water is limited or not available so you'll need 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 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).

    Outback safety

    Safety is of high priority in outback areas. In summer, temperatures can reach up to 50°C in some places. Food, water and fuel supplies can be scarce. Before you head off, check for road closures and use our contacts to stay safe in the outback.

    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

    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

    Wildflowers in bloom in Cocoparra National Park. Photo: John Spencer

    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

    Views across the valley in Cocoparra National Park. Photo: John Spencer

    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

    Rock formations on top of Spring Hill, Cocoparra National Park. Photo: John Spencer

    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.

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