Southern Blue Mountains area
Blue Mountains National Park
All the practical information you need to know about the Southern Blue Mountains area.
Getting there and parking
To get to the Southern Blue Mountains area of Blue Mountains National Park:
From Sydney via Oberon (3.5hrs):
- Head west on the M4 Motorway and Great Western Highway
- At Hartley, turn left onto Jenolan Caves Road and follow the signs to Oberon.
- From Oberon, take Edith Road and Butter Factory Lane to Shooters Hill Road.
- Turn left onto Mount Werong Road (also known as Colong Oberon historic stock route) and follow this road to the park entrance.
- Dunphys campground is accessed from Blackheath, along Megalong Road.
From Goulburn (1.5hrs):
- Take Taralga-Oberon Road for around 95km
- Turn right onto Cosgrove Road, then right onto Mount Werong Road.
- 4WDs can also take The Range fire trail to Mt Werong from Wombeyan Caves Road.
The nearest fuel and supplies are located in Oberon or Taralga.
Road access restrictions and conditions
- There’s no direct access to Southern Blue Mountains area or Yerranderie through the Burragorang Valley from East Picton or Oakdale. This is a Schedule 1 protected water catchment with access restrictions. If you’re using GPS or online mapping, please enter Oberon or Goulburn as your destination to avoid navigational issues.
- In wet weather, check road conditions or closures with Oberon office.
- Watch for kangaroos, wombats and fallen trees on the Oberon Colong stock route. Keep speed down to avoid accidents and punctures.
- Unsealed roads
Best times to visit
Southern Blue Mountains area is a great place to visit at any time of year, if you're well-prepared. Here are some of the highlights.
Breathe in the fresh air as you discover uncrowded tracks and trails. Then settle around the campfire and cook up a warming stew with local Oberon pine mushrooms. If conditions are dry, discover the many trails winding through this area by 4WD. Try the Caves to Caves trail which connects Jenolan and Wombeyan Caves.
Set up camp at Dunphys campground and head out on a day walk along Coxs River. Find a secluded spot to cast a line for trout -- the October long weekend marks the start of fishing season. This is a captivating time for bushwalking or mountain biking, as wattles, orchids and pea flowers bloom throughout the area.
Enjoy a digital detox and escape the summer heat. At 1200m, Mount Werong campground offers milder temperatures than the coast. Nearby, history buffs can get a glimpse into early pioneering life along the shady 2.5km Ruby Creek walking track, or visit Yerranderie ghost town. Colong Caves can be accessed via a track from Batsh campground, off the stock route. You’ll need caving equipment and experience, and a permit from the Wombeyan Caves office.
Dust off your sense of adventure and head deep into the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, along the Oberon-Colong stock route. If you’re up for winter camping in the wild you might find yourself surrounded by snow at Mount Werong. Come well prepared as it’s isolated and weather can be extreme. You might prefer to stay in historic accommodation at Yerranderie for easy access to the short walks, historic mines, and township tours.
Maps and downloads
You’ll need to apply for a permit to visit Colong Caves, Billys Creek Cave and Church Creek Cave. Permits are available from Wombeyan Caves office.
Camp fires and solid fuel burners
Campfires are permitted only in the fire pits provided. Bring your own firewood. Campfires and solid fuel burners may be prohibited during high fire season.
In designated campgrounds only, including Mount Werong, Limeburners Flat and Dunphys, and within Yerranderie.
Bicycles are permitted on the Oberon-Colong stock route, fire trails in the Mount Werong area, and trails around Yerranderie only. Cycling is prohibited within the Schedule 2 Area of Sydney Water Catchment, including at Dunphys campground, Mount Colong, and Limeburners Flat.
You can fish in the Kowmung River and Coxs River from October to June long weekends. A current NSW recreational fishing licence is required when fishing in all waters.
You can horse ride on public vehicle access roads and fire trails, where gates are open. A section of the Bicentennial tail skirts the park. Horse riders can camp with horses at Mount Werong and Limeburners Flat campgrounds, off the Oberon-Colong stock route.
Recreational hunting in NSW National Parks is an illegal activity and is a fineable offence.
NSW national parks are no smoking areas.
- in Blue Mountains National Park in the Sydney and surrounds and Country NSW regions
Southern Blue Mountains area is always open but some locations may close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.
02 6336 6200
Contact hours: Monday to Friday, 9am to 4.30pm.
- 38 Ross Street, Oberon NSW 2787
- Oberon office
Blue Mountains Heritage Centre and Blackheath office
02 4787 8877
Contact hours: 9am to 4.30pm daily. Closed Christmas Day.
- 270 Govetts Leap Road, Blackheath NSW 2785
- Blue Mountains Heritage Centre and Blackheath office
Oberon (34 km)
If the famous Jenolan Caves are on your travel itinerary Oberon in the Blue Mountains is the perfect spot from which to plan your caving adventure. There are a number of ways visitors can tour the caves.
Taralga (65 km)
Many of Taralga's existing buildings date from the 1860s to the 1890s, and most of them consist of stone from local volcanic supplies. This has resulted in an architectural style unique to Taralga that is somewhere between Georgian and Victorian, giving the town a unique and picturesque aesthetic.
Goulburn (111 km)
Named after Henry Goulburn - the British Secretary of State for the Colonies, Goulburn developed into a major centre for wool, and in 1863, it became Australia's first inland city. Today, the town is a rich hub of history, discovery and natural beauty.