Destinations for Upper Hunter and the Hunter Valley
Some of the destinations within this region include:
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Find out more about the features, attractions and landscapes of " Upper Hunter and the Hunter Valley.
Baerami Creek(Wollemi National Park)
This historic oil shale mining site lies at the head of Baerami Creek and is accessible to 2WD vehicles in dry weather. The park boundary, the old manager's hut and the picnic area are 25 km from the small village of Baerami. The last few kilometres are across private land, so be sure to ask permission to enter at the last farmhouse on the right side of the road (just after the tar ends). The remains of various interesting features associated with oil shale extraction are scattered along the green, peaceful valley and through the bush, including buildings, a retort, haulage roads, powder rooms and adits. On-site interpretive signs include maps of the site and details of the oil shale process. This is also a good area for birdwatching, with the moist valley attracting many species.
Goulburn River National Park
Area: 70649 hectares
Although not part of the World Heritage Area, Goulburn River National Park adjoins Wollemi National Park to the south and takes in similar country. The triangular Mount Dangar stands like a sentinel at the eastern end of the park, while to the west, the Goulburn River meanders through a long sandstone gorge. Along the Mogo Road from Wollar, you can camp or picnic on flats by the river at Spring Gully (2WD access) and Big River (4WD recommended). About 20 km from Bylong, the Ringwood Road climbs onto the escarpment at Lees Pinch. From the parking and picnic area, a short walking track reveals spectacular views over much of the park.
Honeysuckle Creek(Wollemi National Park)
This grassy spot is on Bylong Valley Way 2.5 km west of the top of Coxs Gap. Rest in the cool shade of kurrajong and white box trees.
Phipps Cutting(Wollemi National Park)
A small roadside picnic area is located on the Bylong Valley Way 8.5 km west of Baerami. A slip-road allows parking off the main road. The clearing sits below scrubby rock outcrops and is a riot of flowering wattle in springtime, with bell miners and whipbirds calling from the bush. A short walking track explores the old coach road with its drystone walls and views over the Goulburn River.
Yengo National Park
Area: 153115 hectares
The northern end of the park, near the Hunter Valley, is mostly untracked bushland that has been assessed for wilderness dedication. Mount Isobel is a central feature of the very rugged and rocky landscape. A range of visitor facilities are available further south in Yengo National Park (see Hawkesbury Valley region).