Tallaganda National Park

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Overview

Tallaganda National Park’s unique range of forest environments provides excellent opportunities for bushwalking, camping, mountain biking, orienteering, and 4WD touring.

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Across its thousands of hectares, Tallaganda National Park plays host to a huge variety of environments. Up at its highest points, you’ll discover subalpine snow gums and even high-altitude swamp. On the eastern side of the Great Dividing Range, you’ll find tall, moist forest dominated by ribbon gum and narrow-leaved peppermint, while on its west slopes are forests of mountain gum.

For the self-reliant traveller, this diversity of environments offers excellent opportunities for bushwalking, orienteering, 4WDing, and mountain biking. There are trails criss-crossing the park, but make sure you’ve got a topographic map – as well as everything else you’ll need - before you set out.

For those wanting to relax, a picnic by Mulloon Creek, some birdwatching and wildlife-spotting – wombats, red-neck wallabies and the spotted-tail quoll are all found here – or overnight camping are all recommended. Listen out for the calls of the powerful and barking owls if you decide to pitch your tent.

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Tallaganda National Park.

Getting there and parking

From Canberra:

  • Take Kings Highway east of Queanbeyan for about 3km, then turn right onto Captains Flat Road.
  • Turn left onto Briars–Sharrow Road
  • Turn right onto Hoskinstown Road, then turn right through Hoskinstown village.
  • Immediately turn left onto Forbes Creek Road, and continue following this though the park.

Parking

By bike

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

By public transport

For information about public transport options, visit the NSW country transport info website.

Best times to visit

There are lots of great things waiting for you in Tallaganda National Park. Here are some of the highlights.

Spring

The wildflowers are in bloom. Head to the higher altitudes to see the yellow sticky everlasting and pink trigger plants. The blooms also attract lots of birds.

Summer

Escape the heat of Canberra – the temperature at Tallaganda is usually a couple of degrees cooler than the capital. Camping near Mulloon Creek is perfect when it gets hot. It's too shallow to swim here, but it does provide the perfect relaxing backdrop.

Weather, temperature and rainfall

Summer temperature

Average

10°C and 25°C

Highest recorded

41.1°C

Winter temperature

Average

0°C and 13°C

Lowest recorded

–9.2°C

Rainfall

Wettest month

January

Driest month

July

The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

199.9mm

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

Braidwood (38 km)

Braidwood was the first town to be listed on the NSW State Heritage register. Today, you can tour the town on a self-guided heritage walk and see dozens of impressive historic buildings dating from the gold-rush days.

www.visitnsw.com

Bungendore (53 km)

Proclaimed in 1837, the township of Bungendore quickly became an important crossroad linking Goulburn, Braidwood, Queanbeyan, Canberra and Cooma. Many of the most important buildings - the post office, an Anglican Church and the Bungendore Inn - were constructed in the 1840s.

www.visitnsw.com

Canberra (68 km)

Canberra is the home of Australia's Parliament House, National Gallery, National Museum and War Memorial, as well as many more significant cultural and architectural offerings. Kids of all ages love the interactive science and technology at Questacon.

www.visitnsw.com

Learn more

Tallaganda National Park is a special place. Here are just some of the reasons why:

Wild inhabitants

Forest, Tallaganda National Park. Photo: S Jackson

Because there is such a range of environments, many animals call Tallaganda National Park their home. Some, like the echidna, spotted-tail quoll, and red-necked wallaby, are quite numerous. The forest is home to many tree-dwelling animals, including the greater glider, sugar glider, and vulnerable eastern pygmy possum, all of which are more likely to be seen as dusk falls, as are some of the bats that live here. The park is also an important habitat for some far less cute creatures, including funnel web spiders (so take care) and velvet worms, which look quite like caterpillars, live on logs and bear live young. More than 55 species of birds have been reported as living in Tallaganda National Park. Nocturnal birds like the white-throated nightjar, and powerful and barking owls, can be heard after dark – the latter has a call that ranges from a dog-like bark to a high-pitched scream. During the day, watch out for pink robins, olive whistlers and flame robins, and, if you’re walking through casuarinas on some of the dry, western ridges, you’ll likely see (and hear) glossy black cockatoos.

Way to grow

People in the forest, Tallaganda National Park. Photo: Stuart Cohen

There’s a diverse range of forest types represented in Tallaganda National Park, including moist forest, dry forest, and smaller amounts of low open forest and subalpine woodlands, particularly in the southern section of the park which features snow gums. This is the best place to go looking for wildflowers during spring, when bluebells and buttercups sprout through the short grass. There’s also some rare high-altitude swampland that’s part of the Montane Peatlands and Swamps Endangered Ecological Community.

Fun for all

Picnic area, Tallaganda National Park. Photo: S Jackson

While there are few facilities at Tallaganda, there’s lots of opportunity to get back to nature. Fire trails cross the park and are great for mountain bikers, and some of the walks are for experienced, self-reliant walkers (always take a topographic map with you). Those with a 4WD might like to bump across these trails in their vehicles. There’s also a campground and picnic area at Mulloon Creek that’s accessible by 2WD and is a great spot for overnight camping.

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What we're doing

Tallaganda National Park 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.