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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

From Sydney and Wollongong:

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

From Robertson:

  • Take the Illawarra Highway east to reach Macquarie Pass National Park.

From Nowra:

  • Head north along the Princes Highway and turn west into Tongarra Road at Albion Park Rail
  • Travel about 15km along Tongarra Road, which becomes the Illawarra Highway, to Macquarie Pass National Park.

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. For information on whether the Illawarra Highway is open, contact NSW Roads and Maritime Services on 13 22 13 or check Live Traffic NSW before you visit.


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.


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


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


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


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


18°C and 25°C

Highest recorded


Winter temperature


8°C and 18°C

Lowest recorded



Wettest month


Driest month


The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day



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 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).



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.


NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

Macquarie Pass National Park


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.

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.

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.