Destinations for Hawkesbury Valley
Some of the destinations within this region include:
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- Big Yango(Yengo National Park)
- Burralow Swamp(Blue Mountains National Park)
- Finchley Trig and Finchley Aboriginal Area(Yengo National Park)
- Mogo(Yengo National Park)
- Mount Banks area(Blue Mountains National Park)
- Mount Tomah Botanic Garden
- Mount Wilson
- Mountain Lagoon(Wollemi National Park)
- Old Great North Road(Yengo and Dharug National Parks)
- St Albans Common (Macdonald Valley)(Yengo National Park)
- Wheeny Creek(Wollemi National Park)
Find out more about the features, attractions and landscapes of " Hawkesbury Valley.
Big Yango(Yengo National Park)
Arrange a 4WD access permit to this old grazing property in the heart of Yengo NP by calling 02 4320 4260. Abundant kangaroos and other wildlife, two camping areas, accommodation in Yango homestead and easy valley walks and bike rides will appeal especially to families. Park entry, camping and accommodation fees apply.
Burralow Swamp(Blue Mountains National Park)
Burralow Creek, a tributary of the Grose River, can be reached from two directions - from Kurrajong Heights via Warks Hill Road then Burralow Road (4WD) or from further west on Bells Line of Road via Paterson Range Trail (2WD dry weather only). The camping area lies on a grassy flat in the deep valley of Burralow Creek, surrounded by tall forests and small sandstone cliffs. The valley flats are ideal for quiet cycling and the Bulcamatta Falls Track is an easy short walk.
Finchley Trig and Finchley Aboriginal Area(Yengo National Park)
These adjacent features are reached by a 10 km (30 min.) drive from George Downes Drive near Laguna and along the Yango Creek Road and Finchley Track-which is usually negotiable in an ordinary car with care. Finchley Trig is an expansive viewpoint overlooking a vast extent of the northern world heritage area. The Aboriginal area features numerous engravings on a large rock platform. There is a small, low-key camping area nearby. Park entry and camping fees apply.
Mogo(Yengo National Park)
On Mogo Creek Road, this peaceful bush camping area is an excellent base for exploring a number of walking tracks in Yengo National Park and the adjoining Dharug National Park. It is close to Finchley Trig and Finchley Aboriginal Area. Bookings are necessary (02 4320 4260), park entry and camping fees apply.
Mount Banks area(Blue Mountains National Park)
Mount Banks and Pierces Pass are on Bells Line of Road between Mount Tomah and the Mount Wilson turnoff. Mount Banks offers a picnic area, good views into the Grose Valley and walking tracks. At Pierces Pass there are walking tracks to Rigby, Walls Lookout and into the Grose Valley, and a picnic area.
Mount Tomah Botanic Garden
Mount Tomah is on Bells Line of Road 12.5 km west of Bilpin. Perched on top of a basalt mountain, the garden gives superb views to the north over the world heritage area. With its formal garden focusing on cool climate plants and Australian flora, short walks, restaurant, gift shop, interpretation, picnic opportunities, special activities and excellent facilities - and soon a World Heritage exhibition - a visit to Mount Tomah Botanic Garden is not to be missed. See the Wollemi pine and the mountain's original tall open forest of brown barrel. Open every day, entry fee applies.
The garden village of Mount Wilson is 6.5 km off Bells Line of Road on the Mount Wilson Road. Key features include the lookouts of Wynnes Rocks and Du Faurs Rocks with views over Blue Mountains National Park, Cathedral of Ferns Reserve and a number of walking tracks exploring lush forests of sassafras, possumwood, brown barrel and ribbon gum.
Mountain Lagoon(Wollemi National Park)
The small settlement, surrounded by Wollemi National Park, is best reached from Bells Line of Road via Mountain Lagoon Road. From Sams Way, the T3 trail leads 6 km to a superb lookout over the Colo River wilderness. Several tracks suitable for experienced walkers also start near here.
Old Great North Road(Yengo and Dharug National Parks)
Many well-preserved sections of the historic first road between Sydney and the Hunter Valley can be easily seen near Wisemans Ferry.
St Albans Common (Macdonald Valley)(Yengo National Park)
This wetland on the floodplain just north of St Albans is an excellent place for some relaxing birdwatching from beside the car. Take a chair and binoculars to see the waterbirds and waders feeding.
Wheeny Creek(Wollemi National Park)
Wheeny Creek, a tributary of the Colo River, lies 14 km along Comleroy Road (4 km unsealed) from Kurmond on Bells Line of Road. Camping and picnicking sites are spread along grassy terraces beside the sandy creek and beneath tall mountain blue gums. Good cycling, walking and touring opportunities by car and 4WD are nearby.