Goulburn River National Park
At the heart of this national park is the Goulburn River, ﬂanked by a deep gorge of sandstone cliffs honeycombed with caves. Wide sandy banks, shaded by river oaks and grey gum, rim the river. On a major Aboriginal migratory route, more than 250 recognised sites, from sandstone shelters featuring hand stencils and axe-grinding grooves to scarred trees, are scattered through the region.
Dry, sparse woodland together with the river environment supports a variety of wildlife, including important endangered species such as the brush-tailed rock-wallaby. Eastern grey kangaroos, red-necked wallabies and wallaroos are typically out feeding early in the morning or at the end of the day, and goannas and eastern water dragons can sometimes be glimpsed near the water. Signiﬁcant numbers of emus, kookaburras, thornbills, magpies, currawongs, cockatoos and white-throated treecreepers inhabit the park.
The Goulburn’s broad ﬂood plain and sandy banks ensure some relatively easy and pleasant walking, though those seeking more adventure might tackle the higher ridge areas. In the park’s east stands Mount Dangar, peaking at 670 metres and offering superb views across the park and Hunter Valley, but there are less prominent bluffs with good views of the rugged scenery. The Lees Pinch Lookout Walking Track (a 500-metre loop) has three lookouts. Favourite pastimes are swimming or ﬂoating on a li-lo on the river, gazing up at the gorge walls and simply enjoying the natural surrounds. Canoeing, picnicking, scenic drives, horse riding and photography are other leisure pursuits. Spring Gully and Big River campsites have basic facilities (no drinking water or ﬁrewood) but are near the river.
Spring Gully Camp (dry weather access only); Big River Camp (4WD, dry weather access only)
Location and access
300 km north-west of Sydney; 45 km north-east of Mudgee or 35 km south of Merriwa via Golden Hwy then Ringwood Rd
- NSWNPWS 1300 361 967
- NPWS Mudgee (02) 6370 9000
72 296 ha
Merriwa (02) 6548 2607
Mudgee (02) 6372 1020
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