Budawang National Park

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Overview

Budawang National Park is declared a wilderness area, with hiking, river camping, swimming and scenic views for advanced, well-equipped travellers.

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Budawang National Park is wilderness. Rugged and isolated, it's full of steep mountainsides and tall moist forests. There are glossy black-cockatoos in tall eucalypt forests, shallow rivers, and wallabies in patches of grassland.

The park derives its name from one of its dominant features, Mount Budawang – whose name is a variation of the Aboriginal word ‘Buddawong’. The prominence of its peak meant it was used to light signal fires and to observe the movement of people between the highlands and the coast.

Today, this park is perfect for adventurers and experienced trekkers who will love the walking through remote areas and river camping opportunities. If you’re looking for a place to truly get away from the civilised world, Budawang offers a ready haven. Hiking in the park is suitable for fit and experienced bushwalkers equipped with sufficient water and survival gear. There are formal and informal walking tracks, meaning this is a perfect place to set off into the bush with a map and GPS.

Come for a day walk, or prepare the backpack for a full weekend getaway. Expect spectacular scenery and plenty of solitude.

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Local alerts

For the latest updates on fires, closures and other alerts in this area, see https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/visit-a-park/parks/budawang-national-park/local-alerts

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All the practical information you need to know about Budawang National Park.

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Getting there and parking

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    From Milton to Long Gully:

    • Follow the signs to Pigeon House Mountain Didthul.
    • Rather than turning onto Pigeon House Road, continue on Yadboro Road and cross Clyde River, merging onto the Western Distributor.
    • Turn right onto Long Gully Road and continue to the campground

    From Braidwood or Mongarlowe to Mount Budawang:

    • From Charleys Forest Road or Little River Road, turn onto Northangera Road through Mongarlowe, then onto Budawang Road near the fire station.
    • Travel a further 1.8 km, then veer right at the intersection through a gate.
    • Follow the signs for another 5km to the carpark. You’ll need to go through several farm gates – make sure you leave them as you find them.

    Park entry points

    Parking

    By bike

    Check out the Bicycle information for NSW website for more information.

    By public transport

    There is no public transport to Budawang National Park.

    Best times to visit

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

    Autumn

    The clear autumn weather is perfect for walking to the top of Mount Budawang, which can be covered in scenic clouds.

    Spring

    As the weather warms up, this is a perfect time to take advantage of Long Gully campground.

    Winter

    Take a drive along the Western Distributor to view the steep slopes of the Budawang Range from the warmth of your car.

    Weather, temperature and rainfall

    Summer temperature

    Average

    10.5°C and 25.4°C

    Highest recorded

    41.1°C

    Winter temperature

    Average

    0.4°C and 12.1°C

    Lowest recorded

    -9.2°C

    Rainfall

    Wettest month

    January

    Driest month

    July

    The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

    199.9mm

    Facilities

    Maps and downloads

    Safety messages

    However you discover NSW national parks and reserves, we want you to have a safe and enjoyable experience. Our park and reserve systems contrast greatly so you need to be aware of the risks and take responsibility for your own safety and the safety of those in your care.

    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).

    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.

    Nearby towns

    Braidwood (25 km)

    Braidwood was the first town to be listed on the NSW State Heritage register. Today, you can tour the town on a self-guided heritage walk and see dozens of impressive historic buildings dating from the gold-rush days.

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    Batemans Bay (40 km)

    Batemans Bay is a bustling coastal town with majestic seascapes. It's located on the estuary of the Clyde River.

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    Ulladulla (45 km)

    Ulladulla is close to several wonderful national parks. Morton National Park, to the west, is home to Pigeon House Mountain, a local landmark which is a popular climb. Murramarang National Park, between Ulladulla and Batemans Bay, has beautiful coastal walks, beaches and camping sites.   

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    Learn more

    Budawang National Park is a special place. Here are just some of the reasons why:

    Volcanic foundations

    View from Mount Budawang, Budawang National Park. Photo: Lucas Boyd

    Southern Budawang Range is formed on Devonian sediments that were uplifted to form the Budawang Synclinorium. Volcanic rock on the slopes slowly transforms into fertile soil that supports the varied ecosystems of tall moist forest and rainforest. The altitude range in the park is more than 800 metres, though two peaks in the park - Mount Budawang and Currockbilly Mountain - rise to over 1,100m above sea level.

    • Mount Budawang trail A challenging yet rewarding walk, cutting through several environments; from grassy woodland to montane forest, and finishing at the summit for scenic views.

    Old stock routes

    Mount Budawang trail, Budawang National Park. Photo: Lucas Boyd

    Once European settlers arrived, early exploration of the area concentrated on finding routes across the rugged escarpment country to link the tablelands and coast. Many of the ancient Aboriginal pathways became an important part of the early bridle trail network used for movement of stock. One of these was Wog Wog track, which was used to move cattle from Braidwood to the coast.

    A natural haven

    Looking towards Mount Budawang, Budawang National Park. Photo: Lucas Boyd

    Budawang supports a wide variety of trees and plants, so budding naturalists will find much of interest here. The eastern slopes of the range contain tall eucalypt forests, temperate rainforest, and several threatened species. There are Budawang ash and pinkwoods as well. Higher up, on the summits of Mount Budawang and Currockbilly Mountain, visitors can see the endemic species of Budawang wallaby grass - it doesn't grow anywhere else in the world.

    • Long Gully picnic area Long Gully picnic area is a comfortable spot to settle down for the day beside scenic Yadboro River, with nearby swimming and day walks for the experienced hiker.

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    What we're doing

    Budawang National Park has management strategies in place to protect and conserve the values of this park. Visit the OEH website for detailed park and fire management documents.