Kanangra-Boyd National Park

Kanangra Walls, Kanangra-Boyd National Park, Van Roon Jaime Plaza / Auscape International
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Introduction

Kanangra–Boyd National Park’s majestic landscape of wild rivers and waterfalls, mountainous terrain and deep gorges is rimmed by national park and state forests. It has a raw and inspiring beauty. The grand sandstone terrain is part of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area.

Stunning views and remote walks are just two features of this mountainous park, much of which is declared wilderness. A little more remote and less visited than the adjoining Blue Mountains National Park, Kanangra–Boyd offers a stunning glimpse of an almost primeval landscape. Keen and experienced bushwalkers will relish the opportunity to appreciate the wilderness up close. 

Fact file

Access

From Sydney via Great Western Hwy then Jenolan Caves Rd and Kanangra Walls Rd; from Oberon via Jenolan Caves Rd then Kanangra Walls Rd; 4WD access from Oberon either via Dingo Dell camping area or Yerranderie Rd

Best season

Spring and summer

Location

180 km west of Sydney; 25 km south-east of Oberon

Park information

  • NSWNPWS 1300 361 967
  • NPWS Blackheath (02) 4787 8877
  • NPWS Oberon (02) 6336 1972

Permits

Permits required in advance for caving or exploring at Tuglow and Colong Caves; contact NPWS

Size

68 661 ha

Visitor information

Jenolan Caves/Katoomba 1300 653 408

www.australiabluemountains.com.au

Oberon (02) 6336 0666

www.oberonaustralia.com

Featured Activities in the National Park

  • Walk to the lookout for stunning views of the awesome Kanangra Walls

    Fish for trout in the crystal-clear river waters

    Marvel at the park’s remote beauty

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A look at the past

The difficult terrain and low-grade soil has saved this area from development, although there was a pine plantation on the Boyd Plateau at one stage in the past. A reserve for public recreation at Kanangra Walls was set aside in 1891; Kanangra–Boyd National Park was formally created in 1969.

Aboriginal culture

The park is part of the land once inhabited by the Gundangarra people and possibly by the Wiradjuri people and there are vestiges of their lifestyle with significant Aboriginal cultural sites.

Natural features

Visually arresting are the sandstone landmarks such as the soaring Kanangra Walls and Thurat Spires. Enticing for nature lovers are vast gorges, a network of limestone caves and hidden pockets of rainforest. A labyrinth of creeks and rivers dissects the valleys, with the Kowmung River, one of the last wild rivers in the state, especially impressive. The pristine waters of the Kanangra, Kowmung and Jenolan rivers form part of the catchment for Sydney’s water supply.

Native plants

Vegetation communities range from snow gum forests, tall eucalypt forests, stunted heath and swamplands on the Boyd Plateau to wet eucalypt forest and rainforests on the edge of the escarpment and sheltered gullies. Soft grey–green casuarina forests fringe the major waterways.

Wildlife

The extensive karst caves system provides habitats for at least seven species of bats, with the large forest bat and the southern forest bat the most common. The vulnerable brush-tailed rock-wallaby also finds sanctuary near these caves. As well, eastern grey kangaroos, wallaroos, wombats, common ringtail and brushtail possums and gliders all dwell in the park. Birdlife includes yellow-tailed black-cockatoos and glossy black-cockatoos, white-throated treecreepers, fantails, thornbills and whipbirds, honeyeaters and the superb lyrebird.

Introduction

For the active there is exceptional bushwalking, bush camping, swimming, caving and abseiling. Those who enjoy a more leisurely pace can indulge in a spot of peaceful trout fishing, wildlife-watching or marvelling at the spellbinding views.

Bushwalking

From the Kanangra Walls carpark a well-marked track of about 10 minutes leads to a lookout where you can see Kanangra Walls, soaring up to 100 metres high (there is wheelchair access to the lookout). The next lookout is a viewpoint for the magnificent Kanangra Falls. Unmarked tracks also cross the Kanangra Plateau but there are no rails so take care. Head south to Mount Maxwell (about 1.5 km) for more expansive views. It is easy to spend 3 or 4 hours exploring the plateau.

For experienced bushwalkers wishing to undertake longer, and quite strenuous, walks there are a number of tracks from Katoomba, including the Six Foot Track (Katoomba to Jenolan Caves, 3 days). Walkers should carry a compass, topographic map and emergency gear. Remember that the weather is unpredictable and advise a reliable person of your plans before and after your trip.

Caving, canyoning and abseiling

The park provides some inspiring and challenging venues for these adventure sports. Permits are needed for some caving locations. Check with the NPWS for full details.

Cycling

Whether you're a beginner or an experienced cyclist, there's a wilderness ride for you in Kanangra–Boyd. Following well-used fire trails, tracks wind through a range of landscapes and vegetation, including stands of towering gums and lush rainforest. Try the Boyd River cycling loop (21 km, easy), which starts and finishes at the Boyd River campground, includes creek crossings and takes in Morong Falls; or the Mount Emperor cyclingf loop (12.5 km, medium difficulty), which takes in astounding cliff and escarpment views. Spring and autumn are recommended for optimum riding conditions.

Four-wheel driving

Although routes in the park are fairly limited in number, there is some challenging driving, such as the Kowmung River Fire Trail, which crosses the Kowmung River and two steep ridges.

Campsites

Boyd River camping area

Boyd River camping area, set among snow gums, is accessible by 2WD but is subject to extreme weather and snowfalls. A highlight of camping here is the wildlife – at night gliders, brushtail possums, tawny... Find out more


Dingo Dell camping area

Dingo Dell campground, on Tuglow Hole Creek, has 14 tent sites and can only be reached by 4WD. To get here, follow Kowmung River Fire Trail from Kanangra Walls Rd or Banshea Rd. Consider avoiding the road altogether in... Find out more


Kowmung Wild River camping area (walk-in camping)

This is a campsite for self-sufficient walkers only, 500 m downstream from the carpark at Kowmung River Fire Trail. Note: the access road is 4WD only. There’s water in the creek but you’ll need to boil or... Find out more


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