Jerrawangala National Park

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Overview

Located on the Great Eastern Escarpment of NSW near Nowra, Jerrawangala National Park offers scenic views and opportunities for taking a 4WD tour, cycling and hiking.

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With steep cliffs stretching all along its eastern edge, Jerrawangala National Park, just southwest of Nowra on the Great Eastern Escarpment, offers some astonishing scenic views. Particularly breathtaking are the expansive vistas of the coastline and hinterland that can be seen from Jerrawangala lookout.

Follow management trails through the park’s lovely patchwork of low forest, woodlands and moist heath on the plateau, contrasting with tall spotted gum at the northern end of the park and rainforest in sheltered gullies along the eastern edge. Birdwatchers will enjoy spotting unique and threatened species in the park, such as the noisy gang-gang cockatoos or sooty owls.

The park is best-suited to independent, self-reliant bushwalkers, due to its abundance of unmarked but easily traversable trails. It’s also popular with cycling, motorcycling and 4WD enthusiasts, who frequently travel through the park to the adjacent Yerriyong State Forest. The park also borders a popular reserve, Morton National Park.

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/visit-a-park/parks/jerrawangala-national-park/local-alerts

Contact

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Visitor info

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

Getting there and parking

Get driving directions

Get directions

    From Nowra:

    • Take Albatross Road until you can see HMAS Albatross
    • Turn right onto Braidwood Road
    • Once you meet Turpentine Road, the park adjoins Braidwood Road, mainly along the road’s eastern side.

    Park entry points

    Parking

    By bike

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

    By public transport

    Jerrawangala National Park is not accessible by public transport.

    Best times to visit

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

    Autumn

    Make the most of the cooler weather to walk along one of the park's more challenging trails, such as Butterbush trail, to the escarpment edge.

    Spring

    Take a drive along Yarran Road through the striking forests and soak in the wonderful wildflower displays in the surrounding open fields.

    Summer

    Get up early to enjoy sunrise from Jerrawangala lookout, where you'll enjoy clear, crystal views all out along the coast and hinterland.

    Weather, temperature and rainfall

    Summer temperature

    Average

    18°C and 24°C

    Highest recorded

    40.6°C

    Winter temperature

    Average

    9°C and 17°C

    Lowest recorded

    -3.2°C

    Rainfall

    Wettest month

    May

    Driest month

    September

    The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

    316.7mm

    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.

    Nearby towns

    Nowra (38 km)

    Nowra is a historic city and the commercial heart of the Shoalhaven. It's on the Shoalhaven River close to beaches and national parks.

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    Braidwood (84 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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    Ulladulla (93 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

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

    Walk with the animals and discover vibrant vegetation

    Jerrawangala Lookout, Jerrawangala National Park. Photo: R Phelps

    Animal-lovers will find plenty to observe at Jerrawangala, while wildlife photographers can have a literal field day here. The park's wildlife statistics are pretty impressive: 19 mammal species, 57 bird species, 23 types of reptiles, and 14 different amphibians. Among the threatened species you may spot here are eastern pygmy possums, grey-headed flying foxes, gang-gang cockatoos, sooty owls, and giant burrowing and heath frogs. Within Jerrawangala National Park, there are also different types of unique and distinctive vegetation, including several significant and threatened species such as the ettrema mallee, the albatross mallee and Bauer's midge orchid. Several regionally rare orchid species also thrive in the park, including a new species of leek orchid.

    • Jerrawangala lookout Hike to Jerrawangala lookout in Jerrawangala National Park for scenic views out to Gerroa, Ulladulla, Jervis Bay, St Georges Basin and Swan Lake.

    The Dharawal connection

    Jerrawangala lookout, Jerrawangala National Park. Photo: R Phelps

    The Dharawal People have a longstanding association with this land, including important trade and cultural links to other groups in neighbouring areas. Today, the landscape, plants, animals and physical features within the landscape all form an integral part of the cultural heritage of the local Aboriginal people. Several Aboriginal sites have been recorded in the park, including campsites, a scarred tree with an ancient axe grinding groove, and a rock shelter.

    Diverse geology and landscapes

    Views from Jerrawangala lookout, Jerrawangala National Park. Photo: R Phelps

    Jerrawangala National Park is a pristine long, narrow parcel of land located along the Turpentine Range, which is part of the Great Eastern Escarpment. The park protects a range of vital landscapes, including flat plateau country, sandstone cliffs, scree slopes and gently sloping coastal hinterland.

    • Jerrawangala lookout Hike to Jerrawangala lookout in Jerrawangala National Park for scenic views out to Gerroa, Ulladulla, Jervis Bay, St Georges Basin and Swan Lake.

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    What we're doing

    Jerrawangala 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.