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The Big Hole walking track

Deua National Park

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about The Big Hole walking track.

Track grading

Grade 4

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

    1hr 30min - 2hrs 30min

  • Quality of markings

    Sign posted

  • Gradient

    Short steep hills

  • Distance

    3.5km return

  • Steps

    Many steps

  • Quality of path

    Rough track, many obstacles

  • Experience required

    Some bushwalking experience recommended

Getting there and parking

The Big Hole walking track starts at Berlang campground in the northwest precinct of Deua National Park.

To get there:

  • From Braidwood, drive south along Cooma Road for 30 minutes.
  • Turn left at the sign to Berlang/The Big Hole
  • Drive 700m to Berlang campground carpark

Parking

Parking is available at Berlang campground. It can be a busy place on long weekends or school holidays, so parking might be limited.

Best times to visit

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

Spring

This season is the best time for wildflowers in the park and for birdwatching.

Summer

This is the season for swimming and floating on a lilo down the Shoalhaven and Deua rivers. See if you can spot an eastern water dragon sharing the river with you along the way.

Weather, temperature and rainfall

Summer temperature

Average

15.7°C and 23.5°C

Highest recorded

43.3°C

Winter temperature

Average

6.5°C and 16.7°C

Lowest recorded

-10°C

Rainfall

Wettest month

March

Driest month

August

The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

275.3mm

Facilities

Drinking water is limited or not available in this area, so it’s a good idea to bring your own.

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).

River and lake safety

The aquatic environment around rivers, lakes and lagoons can be unpredictable. If you're visiting these areas, take note of these river and lake safety tips.

Strong currents may be present following rain when crossing the river – take care in the water and please supervise children at all times.

Permitted

Descending is permitted, but you will need to obtain a permit from the NPWS Braidwood area office beforehand.

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.

The Big Hole walking track

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The Big Hole walking track hero, Deua National Park. Photo: Lucas Boyd