Ridge walking track

Georges River National Park

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Overview

Enjoy scenic views of the river along Ridge walking track - a short walk from Burrawang Beach to Cattle Duffers picnic area in Georges River National Park.

Where
Georges River National Park
Accessibility
No wheelchair access
Distance
1.6km one-way
Time suggested
30min - 1hr
Grade
Grade 4
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Entry fees
Park entry fees apply
What to
bring
Hat, drinking water, sunscreen
Please note
Please note that the Morgans creek precinct of Georges River National park is open at 6am and gates are locked and the park is closed after 6.30pm. Gates are locked after 7.30pm during daylight savings.

This short walk along both the river and the ridge packs in plenty to see. There are some interesting rock formations along the way plus you'll enjoy scenic views of the river through the foliage. There are also some great examples of mosses and fungi lining the path that are sure to impress every keen naturalist.

Starting from Burrawang Reach picnic area, this short walk finishes at Cattle Duffers Flat picnic area, where you can stop to refuel before getting back on the track for the return walk. Alternatively, head back along the trail which follows the rivers edge for a loop walk.

Take a virtual tour of Ridge walking track captured with Google Street View Trekker.

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/ridge-walking-track/local-alerts

General enquiries

Park info

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Visitor info

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

Track grading

Grade 4

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

    30min - 1hr

  • Quality of markings

    Limited signage

  • Gradient

    Short steep hills

  • Distance

    1.6km one-way

  • Steps

    Many steps

  • Quality of path

    Formed track, some obstacles

  • Experience required

    Some bushwalking experience recommended

Getting there and parking

Ridge walking track starts at Burrawang Reach picnic area in the Morgans Creek precinct of Georges River National Park. To get there:

  • From Henry Lawson Drive, turn into Burrawang Reach Road opposite The River Road
  • Continue straight and follow the road along the river to the end

Parking

Parking is available at Burrawang Reach picnic area

Best times to visit

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

Spring

The park comes alive during spring, with wonderful wildflowers and abundant wildlife – try the Yeramba Lagoon walk.

Summer

Take to the water in your canoe, kayak or jetski, or strap on your waterskis for hours of fun along the Georges River The summer holiday information has important tips to help you plan your day to Georges River National Park during the busy holiday period .

Winter

Fishermen take note – this is a great time of year to head to the rich fishing grounds along the Georges River to catch yellow-finned bream.

Weather, temperature and rainfall

Summer temperature

Average

18°C and 26°C

Highest recorded

42°C

Winter temperature

Average

7°C and 17°C

Lowest recorded

-0.6°C

Rainfall

Wettest month

March

Driest month

September

The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

254.5mm

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).

Accessibility

Disability access level - no wheelchair access

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

Ridge walking track is in Georges River National Park. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

Ancient waterways

Burranwang Beach picnic area, Georges River National Park. Photo: John Spencer

Georges River National Park is the traditional Country of the Dharug and Dharawal People and evidence of their long connection to this land, including shell middens, rock art and engravings, is evident throughout the park. The Georges River was an important transport route for Aboriginal people, linking Botany Bay to the inland areas. The park continues to be an important place for Aboriginal people today.

Free as a bird

Kookaburra (Dacelo novaguineae). Photo: OEH

The fact that over a hundred different bird species make the Yeramba Lagoon and its surrounds their home is reason enough for many a birder to visit Georges River National Park. Even if you're not a twitcher it's hard not to be impressed by the list of winged wonders that reside here; from endangered pink robins and powerful owls to superb fairy wrens with vivid blue feathers or the more commonly sighted laughing kookaburra. There's also a great diversity of plant life around the lagoon, including impressive displays of banksia flowers.

  • Ridge walking track Enjoy scenic views of the river along Ridge walking track - a short walk from Burrawang Beach to Cattle Duffers picnic area in Georges River National Park.
  • Yeramba Lagoon loop track Georges River National Park is an easy daytrip from Sydney. Birdwatchers love the Yeramba Lagoon loop track – a short track with scenic views and lots of birdlife.

Riverside delight

Kayaking on Georges River National Park. Photo: John Spencer

The calm waters of Georges River offer a range of activities for visitors; including waterskiing, jetskiing and kayaking. Launch your boat at Morgans Creek, or head to Mill Creek if you have a canoe or kayak. The waters of Georges River are rich fishing grounds for keen anglers and there are lots of spots along the river to try your luck.

  • Burrawang Reach picnic area Burrawang Reach picnic area is a popular spot for a picnic or barbecue. Set on the sandy shores of George’s River, you can fish and paddle nearby.
  • Fitzpatrick Park Fitzpatrick Park picnic area at Picnic Point is a great place for a family barbecue not far from Sydney. Enjoy a barbecue, go fishing or enjoy a spot of paddling.

Plants and animals you may see

Animals

  • Peron's tree frog. Photo: Rosie Nicolai

    Peron's tree frog (Litoria peroni)

    Peron’s tree frog is found right across NSW. These tree-climbing and ground-dwelling Australian animals can quickly change colour, ranging from pale green-grey by day, to a reddish brown with emerald green flecks at night. The male frog has a drill-like call, which has been described as a 'maniacal cackle’.

  • Grey headed flying fox hanging from a tree branch. Photo: Shane Ruming/OEH

    Grey-headed flying fox (Pteropus poliocephalus)

    The grey-headed flying fox is one of several threatened Australian animals and the largest Australian native bat, with a wingspan that extends up to 1m. Known to inhabit woodlands, rainforests and urban regions, these fascinating nocturnal mammals congregate in large roost sites along the east coast of NSW.

Plants

  • Smooth-barked apple. Photo: Jaime Plaza

    Smooth-barked apple (Angophora costata)

    Smooth-barked apple gums, also known as Sydney red gum or rusty gum trees, are Australian native plants found along the NSW coast, and in the Sydney basin and parts of Queensland. Growing to heights of 15-30m, the russet-coloured angophoras shed their bark in spring to reveal spectacular new salmon-coloured bark.

  •  Black sheoak. Photo: Barry Collier

    Black sheoak (Allocasuarina littoralis)

    The black sheoak is one of a number of casuarina species found across the east coast of Australia and nearby tablelands. Growing to a height of 5-15m, these hardy Australian native plants can survive in poor or sandy soils. The barrel-shaped cone of the black sheoak grows to 10-30mm long.

  • Flannel flowers in Wollemi National Park. Photo: © Rosie Nicolai

    Flannel flower (Actinotus helianthi)

    The delicate flannel flower is so named because of the soft woolly feel of the plant. Growing in the NSW south coast region, extending to Narrabri in the Central West and up to south-east Queensland, its white or pink flowers bloom all year long, with an extra burst of colour in the spring.

Environments in this park

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