Morton National Park

Morton National Park, Nick Rains / Explore Australia Publishing
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Morton National Park is a world of dense bush, an expanse of spectacular sandstone country on the eastern escarpment of the Southern Tablelands, its plateau rent by deep gullies and thundering waterfalls, and in the south, mountainous terrain and tracts of wilderness including the rugged Budawang Ranges.

This national park has been a retreat for visitors for more than a century and well-developed visitor sites are a feature in the northern section. In the south, experienced walkers can savour the wilderness.

Fact file


From Wollongong via Illawarra Hwy to Belmore Falls and Fitzroy Falls; from Ulladulla and Milton in the east and Goulburn and Marulan in the west (southern section); from Princes Hwy between Ulladulla and Nowra, and from Nowra–Moss Vale Rd (route 79)

Best season

All year


115 km south of Sydney; 18 km south of Moss Vale; 2 km south of Bundanoon; 24 km west of Nowra

Park information

  • NSWNPWS 1300 361 967
  • Fitzroy Falls Visitor Centre (02) 4887 7270
  • NPWS Ulladulla (02) 4454 9500


Written permission required in advance for rock-climbing and canyoning; permit required from NPWS Ulladulla to drive the Tianjara Fire Trail


192 352 ha

Visitor information

Bundanoon/Moss Vale 1300 657 559

Nowra 1300 662 808

Featured Activities in the National Park

  • Call in at the Fitzroy Falls Visitor Centre for an overview of attractions

    Climb to the top of Pigeon House Mountain

    See Fitzroy Falls plummeting over the escarpment

    Hire a mountain bike and explore the Bundanoon area

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A look at the past

One of the park’s most arresting landmarks is Pigeon House Mountain, named by Captain Cook in 1770 as he tacked up the eastern coast of the continent. Early European exploration of the region focused on finding a route from the coast to the inland regions, but soon settlers arrived to mine, log and farm the country and scattered remnants of settlement from those days remain. Morton National Park was established in 1938.

Aboriginal culture

The area is rich in Aboriginal cultural sites and many of the valleys and ridge lines were traditionally part of a route from the hinterland to the coast.


In open forest and woodland eastern grey kangaroos, wallaroos, the common wombat, possums and gliders make up most of the animal population. Powerful raptors such as the wedge-tailed eagle and peregrine falcon patrol the escarpment in search of prey. The heathland is home to two endangered species, the ground parrot and eastern bristlebird, and eastern spinebills and numerous species of honeyeaters dart among the nectar-rich heath and flowering plants. Watch for eastern snake-necked turtles in and near the waterways and do not miss the glow-worms at night.

Natural features and native plants

The powerful Shoalhaven River flows through the park, as does a web of smaller rivers and creeks. Vegetation is a patchwork of tall eucalypt forest, mallee woodlands and heathland, with cool temperate rainforest thriving in sheltered aspects and in the moist fertile soil along creeks. Extensive tracts are officially declared wilderness areas.


Call in to the Fitzroy Falls Visitor Centre for helpful information on the attractions of this park. A wheelchair-friendly boardwalk leads to the falls and excellent views. The centre also has a cafe.


Ask at the visitor centre for a list of walking tracks – they are numerous. In the northern section of the park, there is East Rim Wildflower Walk (5 km return, 4 hours, easy). Follow the well-marked trail with its interpretive signs and enjoy wildflowers in spring, sheer chasms and panoramic views. Belmore Falls walk (1.5 km return, 45 minutes, easy) from Hindmarsh Lookout carpark, rewards with views across Kangaroo Valley, and past banksia and wattle to the impressive falls. Other walks are to the Erith Coal Mine, Fern Tree Gully, Glow Worm Glen and Long Point Lookout.

In the southern part of the park, Pigeon House Mountain Didthul Walk (2.5 km, 4 hours, hard) is steep in parts (the final ascent is by ladders in the rock face) but a rewarding climb to reach the mountain’s stony peak. Large lace monitors sometimes cross the track. All walkers should be well equipped, and carry a compass, topographic maps and drinking water.


A number of trails are suitable for mountain-bike riders. Fire trails around Bundanoon – popular with families – lead to lookouts over Bundanoon Gullies. Fitzroy Falls to Kangaroo Valley (30 km, leaves from visitor centre) is a little more challenging, including some steep sections. Register with the visitor centre before departure.

Other activities

Breathtaking views from many vantage points are an outstanding feature: Long Point Lookout (for a wonderful view of the Shoalhaven River), Bagerys Lookout, Gambells Rest, Fitzroy Falls, Belmore Lookout, Tianjara Falls and George Boyd Lookout are just a few. There are opportunities for canyoning and rock-climbing but written permission is required in advance. Four-wheel drive touring is limited; to undertake the 17-kilometre Tianjara Fire Trail route you will need permission from the NPWS Ulladulla office.


Bluegum Flat camping area (bush camping)

It’s a short 30 m walk from the carpark to this camping ground in the park’s south. It’s on the Clyde River, accessed via Blue Gum Flat Rd off Yadboro Rd. A short walk along the river brings you to a... Find out more

Bush camping areas

To experience the true spirit of Morton National Park it’s necessary to strike out on one of the many walking tracks in the area and camp remotely. Note: this region is not for the faint-hearted; walkers must be... Find out more

Gambells Rest camping area

This is the only designated camping ground in the north of the park, and it’s a good springboard for 10 walking tracks. It’s less than 1 km south of Bundanoon via the Gullies Rd. No fires are allowed, so... Find out more

Long Gully camping area

You can camp with your vehicle at this spot in the park’s south, accessed via Long Gully Rd off Yadboro Forest Rd, or via the Western Distributor. It’s next to Yadboro River at the foot of the mighty... Find out more

Sassafras camping area (walk-in camping)

At the central northern boundary of the national park, Sassafras camping area has walk-in access from the end of the Endrick River Fire Trail (off Turpentine Rd). It’s about a 5 km walk. Visitors generally use it... Find out more

Wog Wog camping area

This is one of the park’s 4 main entrances, on the central-eastern boundary of the park off Charleys Forest Rd. It’s a good place to regroup before and after an extended walk. There are a number of overnight... Find out more

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