Muogamarra Nature Reserve
All the practical information you need to know about Muogamarra Nature Reserve.
Getting there and parking
Get driving directions
- Head north towards Newcastle on the F3 Freeway and take the Berowra exit
- Turn right onto the Pacific Highway and follow it past Cowan
- The park entrance is on your left, approximately 3km north of Cowan.
- Head south on the F3 Freeway and take the Mooney Mooney exit
- Follow the Old Pacific Highway across the Hawkesbury River towards Cowan
- The park entrance is on your right, approximately 6km from the freeway exit.
Park entry points
- Muogamarra park access See on map
Park access fee
A park access fee applies during the 6 annual open weekends: Adult $15, child/concession $10, family $40 (2 adults, 2 children). Park access fee included in most Muogamarra guided tours. NSW National Park annual passes are not valid for entry to Muogamarra Nature Reserve.
Check out the Bicycle information for NSW website for more information.
By public transport
The nearest train station to Muogamarra Nature Reserve is Cowan Station, on the Newcastle and Central Coast line. Cowan Station is approximately 6km from the reserve. For information about public transport options, visit the NSW transport info website.
Best times to visit
There are lots of wonderful things waiting for you in Muogamarra Nature Reserve. Here are some of the highlights.
Experience the extraordinary display of vibrant colours during the spring wildflower season on one of the 6 weekends the reserve is open in August and September each year.
Visit Muogamarra on a Discovery tour with one of our trained guides. If you only have a few hours, take an easy stroll on the Bird Gully walk or the Lloyd Trig walk and enjoy panoramic views and amazing birdwatching. Or, if you have the time to spare, spend the day walking along historic convict roadworks on the Peats Bight walk. Discovery tours are very popular, so early bookings are recommended.
If you prefer to explore the area at your own pace, there are several self-guided walks available, ranging from short trails, like the J D Tipper loop, to challenging six-hour adventures like the Peats Crater walk. Take the Point Loop trail for an easy stroll amongst the wildflowers, or follow the old convict roads on the Lloyd Trig and Deerubbin Lookover walks. Pack a picnic, unroll your picnic blanket and enjoy the panoramic views from the various vantage points along the way.
Maps and downloads
Fees and passes
Annual passes are not valid for entry to Muogamarra Nature Reserve.
- in the Sydney and surrounds region
Muogamarra Nature Reserve is open to the public from 9am to 4.30pm for 6 weekends around August and September each year. The reserve is closed to the public at other times to protect sensitive natural and cultural heritage values.
Kalkari Discovery Centre is temporarily closed until further notice.
02 9472 9300
02 9472 9301
Contact hours: 9am to 5pm daily. 9am to 4pm daily in June and July. Closed Christmas Day.
- 402 Ku-ring-gai Chase Road, Mount Colah NSW 2079
- Kalkari Discovery Centre is temporarily closed until further notice.
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