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Garawarra State Conservation Area

Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Garawarra State Conservation Area.

Getting there and parking

Get driving directions

Get directions

    From Helensburgh:

    • Take Parkes Street north to Helensburgh Station
    • Drive past the station and continue to the end of Wilsons Creek Road
    • At the bridge over the railway line, park your car and cross the bridge into the reserve.

    Park entry points

    Parking

    By bike

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

    By public transport

    Garawarra State Conservation Area is accessible by train to Helensburgh Station. Visit the NSW transport info website.

    Best times to visit

    There are lots of great things waiting for you in Garawarra State Conservation Area. Here are some of the highlights.

    Spring

    Blooming wildflowers bring large numbers of birds, making it a perfect time for birdwatching.

    Summer

    Beautiful weather for bushwalking and cycling, particularly early in the day.

    Winter

    Clear days, cool weather and low rainfall are perfect for bushwalking.

    Weather, temperature and rainfall

    Summer temperature

    Average

    17°C and 27°C

    Highest recorded

    42°C

    Winter temperature

    Average

    7°C and 18°C

    Lowest recorded

    -0.6°C

    Rainfall

    Wettest month

    March

    Driest month

    September

    The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

    254.5mm

    Facilities

    Picnic tables

    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 + 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.

    Garawarra State Conservation Area

    Contact

    Nearby towns

    Wollongong (37 km)

    There are plenty of opportunities for adventure activities in and around Wollongong ranging from surfing and swimming to sailing, hang gliding, paragliding, cycling and abseiling. Wollongong is the only place in NSW where you can skydive onto the beach.

    www.visitnsw.com

    Campbelltown (52 km)

    For nature lovers, the Macarthur region has plenty of natural attractions. Explore nature reserves and wildlife trails or see spectacular native flora and fauna at the Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan, the largest botanic garden in Australia.

    www.sydney.com

    Sydney City Centre (59 km)

    No trip to Sydney is complete without spending some time in the city’s beautiful parks. Whether it’s in central areas like Hyde Park or the Royal Botanic Gardens or further out in Centennial Parklands, there’s plenty of green space to go out and enjoy.

    www.sydney.com

    Garawarra State Conservation Area. Photo: Nick Cubbin