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Yerong walking track

The Rock Nature Reserve - Kengal Aboriginal Place

Overview

Yerong walking track offers a moderately challenging hike up the slopes of The Rock to a spectacular lookout over bush and surrounding farmland.

Where
The Rock Nature Reserve - Kengal Aboriginal Place
Distance
6km return
Time suggested
2hrs 30min - 3hrs 30min
Grade
Grade 3
Price
Free
Opening times

The Rock Nature Reserve – Kengal Aboriginal Place is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

What to
bring
Hat, sunscreen, drinking water
Please note
  • Remember to take your binoculars if you want to go birdwatching.
  • The weather in the area can be extreme and unpredictable, so please ensure you’re well-prepared for your visit.

Leaving directly from the carpark near the information point, this pleasant and accessible walk takes visitors to the top of the dramatic The Rock formation. It begins gently, crossing small gravelled slopes between graceful red gums.

As you climb higher, the path begins to wind around recessed cliffs hiding cool woolly ragwort plants – a threatened species native to the area that blooms with yellow flowers. Wallabies scatter through the undergrowth, lizards bask in the warm sun, and you may see glossy black cockatoos or wedge-tailed eagles circling overhead. Birdwatching only gets better the further you climb.

This hike becomes steep towards the end, so make sure you bring some sturdy shoes and plenty of water. The payoff is notable, though, with a spectacular scenic vista across bush and rolling farmland from the top of The Rock, providing an excellent opportunity for photography. Just a short trip from Wagga Wagga, this is one of the best lookouts in the region. Galore Hills is often visible to the west, and on clear winter days the snow-capped peak of Mount Kosciuszko rises in the distance. The nearby The Rock picnic area offers a great place to stretch your legs afterwards, too.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

 

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Two men hike uphill along Yerong walking track in The Rock Nature Reserve - Kengal Aboriginal Place. Photo: Robert Mulally/DPIE