Morton National Park
Bundanoon is the northern gateway to Morton National Park. Follow the well-marked bushwalking trails in one of NSW's largest national parks, admiring waterfalls that plunge into valleys below. The Park is easily accessible from Bundanoon and is great for a daytrip or school excursion. Be enthralled by nature on a grand scale at Morton National Park. This enormous park really does have something for everyone; whether you're an experienced bushwalker looking for remote wilderness hiking, a novice mountain biker looking for an easy ride or a keen photographer looking for some scenic waterfalls to capture. You'll find imposing gorges dissecting the landscape alongside pockets of rainforest that are full of wildlife. There are a number of well equipped picnic areas and numerous informal spots where you can stop for a break to enjoy the view.
Morton National Park envelops you in its fascinating landscape. Roam through rainforest on the Kangaroo Valley escarpment. Or relax on your picnic blanket, shaded by tall eucalyptus trees - the park has everything from Sydney peppermint to spotted gum and the rare Pigeon House Ash. The park's geological features are equally captivating. Detect different rock types in the cliff face, or find a good vantage point and gaze at the plateau carved with deep gorges. Absorbing the gorges sheer size, coupled with their interesting terraced appearance, can keep you occupied for hours. Visit Fitzroy Falls for scenic waterfall views; go mountain biking, walking or enjoy a picnic lunch.
From the spectacular waterfall to wildflower walking tracks, breathtaking views and myriad wildlife, enjoy the wonderful attractions at Fitzroy Falls. Amble on the boardwalk from the Fitzroy Falls Visitor Centre to the marvellous waterfall for magnificent vistas.
There are numerous walking tracks through Morton National Park. The walks abound in native flora. Walks vary in length and difficulty and you should choose the walk to suit your needs.
For more information on the Walking Tracks in Morton National Park, please click here.
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Bundanoon cycling route, an easy 14km, is in Morton National Park and offers an easy, yet rewarding, day on the bike for all the family. Boasting amazing views from Southern Highland escarpment lookouts, this mountain bike track offers an assortment of picnic areas and undulating unsealed roads through the forest.
The trail weaves through open forest, alive with banksias and flowering shrubs, until you come to the edge of the escarpment formed by Bundanoon Creek. You’ll need to push your bike along the short walking paths to Tooths, Sunrise Point and Grand Canyon lookouts, but the vistas across Morton National Park are well worth the effort. Pack a picnic and enjoy a leisurely lunch along the way.
If you haven’t brought your own bike, they can be rented from the Bundanoon cycle shop near the railway station.
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A great evening activity for the whole family
One of the great evening activities for visitors is a trip down to glow worm glen. With a bit of care you can ensure to see a great light show while minimizing impact on these luminescent locals. A good idea is to start the walk down to the glen at sunset and this way it will be dark by the time you reach the glen.
Where are the glowworms?
William Street, on the right on the Moss Vale side of town. Park at the top end of William Street. From here a steep track descends towards the glen. It will be pitch dark (especially if you turn off your torches).
How long does it take?
The return trip will take about 1 hour. Add your glow worm viewing time onto this.
What are glow worms?
The truth is that glow worms are not worms at all, but rather they are the larvae offspring of the fungus gnat. Adult fungus gnats lay about 130 eggs then die soon after. After 8 or 9 days the first larvae hatch. They position themselves near tiny cracks or seepage spots, where they can retreat to if conditions become too cold or dry.
Why do they glow?
The light is produced by a chemical reaction between certain body fluids and oxygen.
What do they eat?
Glow worms eat tiny insects catching them via mucus threads that hang down and act like fishing lines. When an insect is caught on a fishing line, the glow worm reels in its catch with its mouth then attaches the insect to the mucus tube to prevent escape.
When is the best time of year to see the glow worms?
The best time to see the glow worms is from December to February.
Things to remember when visiting the glow worms
In order to ensure a rewarding experience (that won’t disturb the glow worms and other local residents please:
- Be respectful to the local residents, only park at the top end of William Street
- Visit the glen in small groups as loud noisy groups may cause the glow worms to retreat into their crevices
- Hold your torches down on the approach to the viewing platform then switch them off – if the glowworms sense the lights they will ‘switch’ off, as they will think it is daytime
- Do not touch the glowworms as they are sensitive to touch and will retreat into their crevices
- Avoid wearing insect repellent or smoking
At a glance
||A torch is necessary to return from the Glen at night
WATCH FOR LEECHES
There are currently 52 registered vineyards, 12 wineries and 25 wine companies in the Southern Highlands wine region. There is a broad range of varieties planted in the region including Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Merlot & Cabernet Sauvignon.
The regions vineyards vary from 2 acres to over 100 acres in size and range from 550 metres to over 850 metres above sea level. Cool nights, mild days and dry ripening conditions allows the region to produce some of Australia’s classic cool climate grapes and wine styles with particular attention recently being focused on the regions Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris wines along with the potential for premium sparkling wine production.
1. LOOKOUTS OF MORTON NATION PARK
An easy ride on mainly good dirt roads checking out some of the spectacular lookouts in Morton National Park.
Ride down Church St turning right after 80 metres into Gullies Rd (continuing straight leads down the very steep Constitution Hill). This dirt road descends to a T-junction at the base of Constitution Hill. Turn right and follow the road into Morton National Park at Gambells Rest (toilets/water). No entry fee for cyclists! The ride now follows single lane dirt roads in a loop around the park – watch out for lyrebirds and wallabies. 1.2km after entering the park you come to an intersection. Head left to continue past Grand Canyon and Sunrise lookouts. Soon you’ll have completed the loop back to Gambells Rest. The brave and the fit will accept the challenge of climbing Constitution Hill; most will turn left to climb back up the easier angled Gullies Rd bridge to reach Penrose Rd. Turn left, enjoy a brief climb, and then cruise back into the centre of the village.
2. BRIDGE TO BRIDGE AND BEYOND
A full loop taking in the extremities of the village via two railway bridges.
Head east along Railway Parade past all the shops and after 2km, just before you leave the village, turn left into Erith St across the railway bridge. Once across the bridge turn immediately right into a dirt track and take the left fork. After 80 metres turn left into an unmarked track. The start of the track is very narrow and begins just a few metres before the gatepost of “Corinda Grange”. This, Blue Gum Road, soon improves to a sealed road, Continue on to turn left into Ellsmore Rd then right into Old Wingello Road, 1.3kms down Old Wingello Road, the major road swings right to become Ferndale Road but you take the minor road to the left, a continuation of Old Wingello Road. This soon becomes a descending dirt track to a T-junction. Turn left onto the dirt Quarry Road which winds along to cross your second railway bridge to reach Penrose Road. Turn left, enjoy a brief climb, and then cruise back into the centre of the village.
3. FERNDALE/OLD ARGYLE/ELLSMORE CIRCUIT
A very enjoyable ride on generally quiet country roads.
Head across the pedestrian level crossing at the railway station and follow Ellsmore Rd for 1.4km to a T-junction. Turn left and up and down with pretty rural views before turning left into Cornwall Rd and right into Westgrove Rd. Head left onto Sallys Corner Rd at the T-intersection and after a short distance turn right to sample the wines of St Maur or left into Old Argyle Rd. Follow this tree lined road on dirt for 3km which then becomes the sealed Ferndale Rd at a sharp left hand corner. From here enjoy a long downhill before the road undulates back into Bundanoon.
4. STINGRAY SWAMP
An introduction to mountain biking with a swim at the end perhaps.
From the shops cross over the railway line, go straight ahead then turn into Old Wingello Rd. 3.5km from the start, the road dips down and turns sharp right before climbing up to another sharp right turn after some 5km. Here the main road turns to dirt. Turn left here onto a lesser track and follow this very rough, sometimes rocky track. After 3km keep your eyes peeled for a couple of old gateposts amongst some large concrete blocks. Turn in here and ride down to a large billabong; always cool., always refreshing in summer. Retrace your route back to Bundy.
- Blue Trail – 7 km in length all formed roads and fire trails within pine plantation.
- Yellow Trail – 18 km in length all formed roads and fire trails through pine plantation and native forest.
- Red Trail – 22 km in length with a combination of formed roads and fire trails as well as sections of single track of varying degrees of difficulty
Disclaimer: Mountain biking is dangerous and may result in injury or death to the person and/or property loss or damage. Users
participating and spectators viewing these activities do so at their own risk. Forestry Corporation take no responsibility or liability
including but not limited to liability for personal injury, death, property damage, property loss, and consequential loss or damage of any kind arising from the use of and / or entry to the State Forest.
Please be aware that:
- This is a natural area with numerous hazards, please take care.
- The track surface and obstacles may change over time and make riding more difficult.
- Other people use the forest such as horse riders, walkers, 4WD vehicles and trail bikes.
- This is a working forest and logging operations may be taking place. Logging trucks and vehicles use forest roads –
PLEASE GIVE WAY.
Cyclists Code of Conduct:
- Wear your helmet and appropriate safety gear.
- Obey all signs.
- Ride only on formed trails and do not take shortcuts.
- Stay off closed trails.
- Control your bike – ride within your abilities.
- Plan your ride and avoid riding alone.
- Carry a first aid kit and know how to use it.
- Avoid riding in wet or muddy conditions.
- Share the trail and respect the rights of others.
- Take your rubbish with you.
- Do not disturb plants and animals.
WELCOME TO WINGELLO STATE FOREST
What can you do in a State Forest?
Camping, picnicking and bushwalking are permitted in State Forests. Four-wheel driving and trail bike riding are permitted but only on formed roads. Driving off-road and unauthorized track construction is not permitted.
All vehicles and motorbikes must be registered and drivers / riders must be licenced. Access to State Forests is free for family groups and individuals. All organised events and activities must have a permit.
Wingello Mountain Bike Trails
These mountain bike trails are only for use by cyclists. Please do not walk, ride motorbikes or horses on the marked mountain bike trails.
Sustainable Forest Management
State Forests in NSW provide timber, employment, habitat, clean air, water and a place to be. They are resilient, dynamic and evolving – an integral part of a healthy lifestyle. State Forests are managed to ensure a sustainable supply of timber today and into the future. Plantation and native forests make up the State Forest estate.
For further information visit www.forestrycorporation.com.au or contact your local Regional Office on (02) 6458 3177