Parr State Conservation Area

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Overview

Parr State Conservation Area, in the Hawkesbury region of New South Wales, is a great place for camping, hiking, cycling, guided tours, and 4WD training and touring.

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Whether you’re a multi-day hiker, keen mountain biker or 4WD fanatic - or aspiring to be one - Parr State Conservation Area is a great place to visit and explore the wilder side of Hawkesbury sandstone country. Womerah Range trail allows you to traverse the area between McDonald Valley and Putty Road and, along the way, enjoy scenic views back across the valley and adjoining Yengo National Park.

Heartbreak Hill campground offers a remote camping location set within a peaceful setting of bracken fern and tall eucalypts. Lyrebirds, kookaburras and goannas are commonly seen (and heard) around the site.

For those who’d rather not go it alone, join one of our guided Discovery walks, talks or tours held throughout the park. Getabout Adventures also offers informative, fun and educational 4WD tours and training on location in Parr.

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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/parr-state-conservation-area/local-alerts

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Visitor info

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

Getting there and parking

Get driving directions

Get directions

    From Wisemans Ferry:

    • Take Webb Creek Ferry across Hawkesbury River, then follow St Albans Road (heading north).
    • After 5km, turn left into Webbs Creek Mountain Road, which is gravel, where you see multiple letterboxes.
    • After driving up the hill, turn off into the open cut area at the crest when you see a locked gate. This indicates the beginning of Womerah Range trail.
    • Park at the Old Quarry, about 100m from the gate or, for those with a permit, continue on through the gate.

    Park entry points

    By bike

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

    By public transport

    There is no public transport available at Parr State Conservation Area.

    Best times to visit

    There are lots of great things waiting for you in Parr State Conservation Area. Here are some of the highlights.

    Autumn

    Cooler temperatures make for great hiking and cycling conditions.

    Spring

    The milder temperatures make this an ideal time for hiking and, as though purely for your viewing pleasure, wildflowers decorate the surrounding bushland.

    Winter

    For the adventurous, this is a great time of year to tackle an epic mountain bike ride on Womerah Range trail.

    Weather, temperature and rainfall

    Summer temperature

    Average

    16°C and 26.5°C

    Highest recorded

    50°C

    Winter temperature

    Average

    6.6°C and 16.6°C

    Lowest recorded

    -0.1°C

    Rainfall

    Wettest month

    September

    Driest month

    March

    The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

    230mm

    Facilities

    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).

    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

    Parramatta (65 km)

    Parramatta offers a fascinating insight into early colonial life in Australia. Don't miss a visit to Old Government House, now one of 11 Australian Convict Sites on the UNESCO World Heritage list.

    www.sydney.com

    Gosford (104 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.

    www.visitnsw.com

    Hawkesbury area

    Explore the beautiful Hawkesbury River with Australia's Last River Boat Postman, or sample fresh oysters at a casual riverside cafe. Start your Hawkesbury adventure with a seaplane flight from Sydney to a local restaurant by the river.

    www.sydney.com

    Learn more

    Parr State Conservation Area is a special place. Here are just some of the reasons why:

    In the beginning

    View from Womerah Range, Parr State Conservation Area. Photo: Susan Davis

    It was probably around 13,000 years ago that Aboriginal people first moved into this area. Until European settlement, these people lived off and nurtured the land and a large number of Aboriginal sites have been recorded within Parr. Mount Yengo (originally Yango), in adjoining Yengo National Park, is of particular significance; it was the place from which Biamie left the earth after creating the world, flattening the top with his foot as he went. Many sites within Parr, Yengo and the surrounding regions are closely connected with this mountain. Today, the local Aboriginal community retains a strong and active interest in the management of these sites and the landscape, along with a desire to preserve, as well as revive, Aboriginal culture.

    Convict trail

    Womerah Range trail, Parr State Conservation Area. Photo: OEH

    This area was named after William Parr, who was one of the earliest European explorers of overland northern routes out of Sydney. A draughtsman, boat builder and mineralogist, Parr was transported on the Fortune in 1813 at the age of 39, having been convicted of forgery. Despite a 14-year sentence, Governor Macquarie quickly made use of his skills and soon assigned him to the Surveyor General’s department as a mineral surveyor. In October 1817, Parr and his party set off from Windsor to find a trafficable route from the Hawkesbury to Hunter River, but did not quite reach Hunter Valley. Early European transport routes between Sydney and Hunter Valley are evident within Parr State Conservation Area, with remnants of Putty Road/Old Bulga Road. Today, Parr conserves Webb Creek catchment.

    Extraordinary plants

    Womerah Range trail, Parr State Conservation Area. Photo: OEH

    Parr contains an unusual mix of plant species which are not only different from those growing further north in Yengo National Park, but are normally found in completely different parts of NSW. Vegetation ranges from open woodlands along the dry ridges to communities of open forest and tall open forest, heathlands, mallee and sedgelands. Flowering plants typically found in Parr include grey spider, flannel, eriostemon, and mountain devil.

    • Womerah Range trail Womerah Range trail is a challenging hiking and mountain biking route with scenic views through the dramatic sandstone landscape of Parr State Conservation Area.

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    What we're doing

    Parr State Conservation Area 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.