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Munmorah State Conservation Area

Visitor info

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

Getting there and parking

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    From Catherine Hill Bay:

    • Head south on the Pacific Highway (state route 111) for 3.5km
    • Turn left onto Blue Wren Drive to enter from the park’s northern entry

    From Budgewoi:

    • Head north on Elizabeth Bay Drive for 4.5km
    • Turn right onto Birdie Beach Drive which leads to the park's southern entry

    From Gosford:

    • Head north on the Pacific Highway for 41km and take Elizabeth Bay Drive

    Park entry points

    Parking

    Road quality

    • Sealed roads

    Vehicle access

    • 2WD vehicles

    Weather restrictions

    • All weather

    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 Munmorah State Conservation Area. Here are some of the highlights.

    Autumn

    Make the most the of the lovely temperature at this time of year and pitch the tent for a camping break by the beach.

    Spring

    Head out along Moonee Beach trail in late winter or early spring and you'll be rewarded with spectacular wildflower displays in the coastal heath areas.

    Summer

    Escape the summer heat with a walk along the Palms circuit track through the rainforest, or cool off with a swim at Frazer beach – it's patrolled during the Christmas and Easter school holidays.

    Winter

    The winter months are the best time to whalewatch at Munmorah – you can even follow the whales' journey and record your sightings.

    Weather, temperature and rainfall

    Summer temperature

    Average

    18°C and 25°C

    Highest recorded

    42.4°C

    Winter temperature

    Average

    9°C and 18°C

    Lowest recorded

    3.4°C

    Rainfall

    Wettest month

    February

    Driest month

    August

    The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

    246mm

    Facilities

    Maps and downloads

    Fees and passes

    Park entry fees:

    $8 per vehicle per day. The park has pay and display machines - please bring correct coins (cards accepted).

    • All Parks Pass - For all parks in NSW (including Kosciuszko NP) $190 (1 year) / $335 (2 years)
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    • Multi Parks Pass - For all parks in NSW (except Kosciuszko) $65 (1 year) / $115 (2 years)
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    • Country Parks Pass - For all parks in Country NSW (except Kosciuszko) $45 (1 year) / $75 (2 years)
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    • Single Country Park Pass - For entry to a single park in country NSW (except Kosciuszko). $22 (1 year) / $40 (2 years)
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    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.

    Fishing safety

    Fishing from a boat, the beach or by the river is a popular activity for many national park visitors. If you’re planning a day out fishing, check out these fishing safety tips.

    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 OEH pets in parks policy for more information.

    Smoking

    NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

    Munmorah State Conservation Area

    Contact

    • in the Sydney and surrounds and North Coast regions
    • Spring/summer open hours

      Munmorah State Conservation Area is open 5.30am–9pm, from the start of the NSW school holiday period in September (Friday) until the last day of the NSW autumn school holidays.

      Autumn/winter open hours

      Munmorah State Conservation Area is open 5.30am–6pm, from 1 May until the day before the start of the NSW September school holidays (Thursday).

    • Park entry fees:

      $8 per vehicle per day. The park has pay and display machines - please bring correct coins (cards accepted).

      Buy an annual pass.
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    Nearby towns

    Norah Head (10 km)

    Only an hour's drive north of Sydney, Norah Head is part the Central Coast region of New South Wales. Norah Head is surrounded by natural beauty with Wyrrabalong National Park to the south and the Tasman Sea to the east whilst a short drive away are Tuggerah and Munmorah Lakes.

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    Newcastle (40 km)

    Newcastle is a harbour city surrounded by amazing surf beaches that are linked by a great coastal walk, the Bathers Way. The walk from Nobbys Beach to Merewether Beach takes about three hours and is a great way to explore the city.

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    Gosford (45 km)

    Gosford is a great destination for a family day trip or holiday. It's situated on Brisbane Water National Park and surrounded by state forests, lakes and beaches.

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    Moonee Beach, Munmorah State Conservation Area. Photo: John Spencer