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Macquarie Pass National Park

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Visitor info

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

Getting there and parking

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    From Sydney and Wollongong:

  1. Take the Princes Highway and Southern Freeway to the Illawarra Highway turnoff at Haywards Bay
  2. Travel about 14km along the Illawarra Highway, which veers right in Albion Park, to Macquarie Pass National Park.
  3. From Robertson:

  4. Take the Illawarra Highway east to reach Macquarie Pass National Park.
  5. From Nowra:

  6. Head north along the Princes Highway and turn west into Tongarra Road at Albion Park Rail
  7. Travel about 15km along Tongarra Road, which becomes the Illawarra Highway, to Macquarie Pass National Park.
  8. The main road used to access Macquarie Pass National Park is the Illawarra Highway which may close at times due to road works or accidents. Check Live Traffic NSW before you visit.

    Park entry points

    Parking

    By bike

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

    Best times to visit

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

    Autumn

    Take on some longer walks and see the lilly pillys fruiting.

    Spring

    Smell the sweet scent of flowering pittosporum and wattle throughout the park.

    Summer

    Walk in the cool of the rainforest and see the Illawarra flame trees and coachwoods in flower.

    Winter

    Enjoy the early wattle blooming at the edge of the forest and bring your binoculars for the bird activity of late winter.

    Weather, temperature and rainfall

    Summer temperature

    Average

    18°C and 25°C

    Highest recorded

    42.4°C

    Winter temperature

    Average

    8°C and 18°C

    Lowest recorded

    2.3°C

    Rainfall

    Wettest month

    March

    Driest month

    September

    The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

    304.4mm

    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.

    Macquarie Pass National Park

    Contact

    Nearby towns

    Robertson (8 km)

    Robertson is known as the 'green heart of the Highlands' for a good reason - it's always green. Rich, fertile soil and abundant rural farmland make up Robertson's scenic landscape. It serves as a gateway to some of the State's best waterfalls.

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    Wollongong (39 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

    Nowra (60 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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    Clover Hill Trail, Macquarie Pass National Park. Photo: T. Moody/NSW Government