Mount Penang loop walk

Guula Ngurra National Park

Closed due to current alerts 

Overview

Mount Penang loop walk in Guula Ngurra National Park is a 3km unmarked hiking trail that is best-suited to experienced bushwalkers.

Where
Guula Ngurra National Park
Distance
3km loop
Time suggested
2hrs 30min - 3hrs 30min
Grade
Grade 5
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Price
Free
Please note

  • Drinking water is not available in this area, so it’s a good idea to bring your own.
  • It’s a good idea to put sunscreen on before you set out and remember to take a hat.
  • This park is in a remote location and weather can be unpredictable, so please ensure you’re well-prepared for your visit.
  • If you’re bushwalking in this park, it’s a good idea to bring a topographic map and compass, or a GPS.
  • There is limited/no mobile reception in this park.

Mount Penang loop walk is only 3km, but you’ll need to be a relatively experienced bushwalker nonetheless, due to the short but steep hills and unmarked trail. The effort will be worth it though, as at the peak you’ll be able to enjoy soaking in some truly amazing 360-degree views from the summit of Mount Penang.

Beginning at Tugalong Road, this challenging but rewarding loop winds steadily uphill and continues on to the scenic summit of Mount Penang. Take in the awe-inspiring views from the top, savour the serenity of your surroundings, and look out for local birdlife soaring overhead before making your way back.   

This walk is best enjoyed during the more temperate seasons of spring and autumn.

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/mount-penang-loop-walk/local-alerts

General enquiries

Park info

Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Mount Penang loop walk.

Track grading

Grade 5

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

    2hrs 30min - 3hrs 30min

  • Quality of markings

    No directional signage

  • Gradient

    Short steep hills

  • Distance

    3km loop

  • Steps

    No steps

  • Quality of path

    Formed track, some obstacles

  • Experience required

    Experienced bushwalkers

Getting there and parking

Get driving directions

Get directions

    Mount Penang walk is in Guula Ngurra National Park. To get there:

    From Sydney or Goulburn:

    • Exit the freeway at Sutton Forest (exit signposted as 'Illawarra Highway - Moss Vale, Wollongong'). Follow the signs to Canyonleigh for 10km along Canyonleigh Road, then turn right into Tugalong Road. Travel 22km along Tugalong Road until you come to Attunga Camp on your left and the park on your right. Park at the entrance to the park fire trail and walk into the park.

    Park entry points

    Parking

    Parking is available at the fire trail entrance on Tugalong Road.

    Bus parking is available.

    Best times to visit

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

    Autumn

    The cooler weather is a great time to hike up to Mount Penang and enjoy spectacular views out along the Wingecarribee River valley.

    Spring

    Spring is a great time to enjoy wildlife photography in the park and soak in all of the colourful plant life in full bloom.

    Summer

    Hang out along the cool riverbanks when the weather is hot, looking out for platypus in the stream and enjoying the shade of the tall forest gums.

    Weather, temperature and rainfall

    Summer temperature

    Average

    12°C and 26°C

    Highest recorded

    38.3°C

    Winter temperature

    Average

    2°C and 13°C

    Lowest recorded

    -6.4°C

    Rainfall

    Wettest month

    June

    Driest month

    September

    The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

    333mm

    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).

    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

    Berrima (4 km)

    Berrima is full to the brim with Australian colonial heritage - from its sandstone buildings and historic courthouse to Australia's oldest licensed pub. Who knows, you might even encounter a ghost here.

    www.visitnsw.com

    Bowral (8 km)

    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.

    www.visitnsw.com

    Goulburn (34 km)

    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.

    www.visitnsw.com

    Wingecaribee River, Bangadilly National Park. Photo: Phil Craven/NSW Government