Discovery Trail: Yerranderie
- 63 kms (one way)
- Driving Time
- 2 hrs (one way)
- Road Conditions
- Narrow unsealed roads (dry weather only)
- Mt Werong Road off the Shooters Hill Road (south of Oberon)
- A long and adventurous mountain drive to an historic mining village. Best done as an overnight trip. A two-wheel-drive vehicle is adequate in good conditions.
- Scenery along the way, Yerranderie
- Contact Yerranderie on 02 4659 6165 before heading out. Very remote country. Plentiful wildlife hazards. Winding unsealed road. Several creek crossings (flood hazard). Suitable for experienced country drivers only.
Start at Oberon on the Edith Road, turn right after 8km onto the Butter Factory Lane which leads onto Shooters Hill Road. Turn left onto Mount Werong Road (also known as the Colong - Oberon Stock Route). Follow this unsealed road to Mount Werong Camping Area then the walking track to the historic Ruby Creek mine.
The next section is a spectacular drive along the historic Oberon-Colong Stock Route, dipping and weaving along the crest of the Murruin Range with steep slopes plunging to tributaries of the Wollondilly River to the south and the Kowmung River to the north. There are tantalising glimpses into the rugged Kanangra-Boyd Wilderness. Just as the road comes out onto the Bindook Plateau, a turnoff to the left leads 2km in to Batsh Camp, another lovely campsite.
The main road continues over the plateau, past several remote homesteads and grazing country, then back into the bush for the final winding section around broken sandstone tablelands to Yerranderie. You can camp near the historic courthouse and police station at 'Government Town' or continue on to camping and accommodation in 'Private Town'. A rough walking track climbs the volcanic Yerranderie Peak, and informative guided tours of 'Private Town' can be arranged (phone 02 4659 6165).