8 Best Walking Tracks in Morton National Park
Not as well-known or popular as the Royal National Park and the Blue Mountains, Morton National Park in the Southern Highlands deserves a lot more attention. Remote wilderness, scenic waterfalls, steep gorges, beautiful walking tracks and panoramic lookout points, Morton National Park has something for everyone.
Situated around 170km south of Sydney, Morton National Park is easily accessible from Wollongong, Nowra, Canberra and Moss Vale. A popular destination for birdwatchers and photographers, the park is a huge sanctuary for a great variety of wildlife. Bowerbirds, lyrebirds, eagles, falcons and ground parrots are all happy residents of Morton National Park, supported by thick rainforest and large areas of eucalyptus trees.
Various Aboriginal sites have been recorded in Morton National Park, the traditional country of the Yuin people, dating back more than 20,000 years. Some of the most popular sites in the park, such as Didthul (Pigeon House Mountain) and Fitzroy Falls among others, are of great significance to Aboriginal people.
8 Best Morton National Park Walking Tracks
Morton National Park is home to lots of exciting walking tracks, from short and easy trails, to longer, overnight hikes. Here are 8 of the best walking tracks in Morton National Park:
1. West Rim Walking Track at Fitzroy Falls
Fitzroy Falls is more than just a beautiful waterfall, it also serves as the starting point of several exciting bushwalks. The West Rim walking track is a 4km return walk through pristine eucalypt forests and lush rainforest with amazing views of the Yarrunga Valley.
Several lookout points, such as the Twin Falls Lookout and the Renown Lookout, make this an exciting outdoor adventure in Morton National Park.
Time: 2 hours
2. Badgerys Spur Walking Track
Finishing on the banks of Shoalhaven River, the Badgerys Spur walking trail is a short but challenging descent through beautiful eucalyptus forests. The track start at the Badgerys Lookout car park near the small village of Tallong not too far away from Goulburn.
To make this the perfect bushwalk adventure, go for a refreshing dip in the cool waters of the river and enjoy lunch in this very unique and remote area.
Time: 3 hours
3. Pigeon House Mountain
Characterised by its curiously shaped peak, the 720m high Pigeon House Mountain, otherwise known as Didthul, is situated in the southern part of Morton National Park, west of Milton and Ulladulla.
The 2.5 km walking track to the summit is not long but has some very steep climbs and ladders. The panoramic views from the top over the Budawang Range with its cliffs and gorges make this a very rewarding adventure.
Time: 3 hours
4. East Rim Walking Track at Fitzroy Falls
The second major bushwalk at Fitzroy Falls is the East Rim walking track, otherwise known as the Wildflower Walk. As the name suggest, the east rim track follows the eastern cliff line of the Yarrunga Valley.
This walking track is particularly interesting for true nature lovers and birdwatchers. Colourful flowers and singing birds greet you along the way as you stroll through eucalyptus forests while enjoying great views of the valley below. You can find the start of the track at the Fitzroy Falls visitor centre, right underneath the bridge where the boardwalk branches off to the east.
Time: 3 hours
5. Mount Bushwalker Walking Track
If hiking through the untouched and remote wilderness of the Budawang Range sounds exciting, the Mount Bushwalker walking track should be topping your bucket list.
The majestic scenery and incredible views of The Castle, The Shrouded Gods and the Clyde Gorge from the top of Mount Bushwalker have been described by many as some of the best you can get in New South Wales. As tiny as the mountain itself is, the walking track has all the characteristics of the perfect bushwalk.
Time: 3.5 hours
6. Granite Falls Walk
The short and easy Granite Falls walking trail south of Nowra guides you to a viewing platform from where you can enjoy panoramic views of the 63m high waterfall and the valley below.
Constructed only a few years ago, the spectacular viewing platform is designed such that it hangs over the valley. While the waterfall doesn’t actually carry a lot of water, the panoramic views of the valley are very pretty.
Time: 0.5 hours
7. Belmore Falls Walking Track
Belmore Falls is an impressive plunge waterfall with two drops on the Barrengarry Creek. A short walking trail takes you to several lookout points from where you can enjoy the best views of the waterfall and the valley. Also included is the Hindmarsh Lookout with panoramic views of the upper Kangaroo Valley.
There is also an unofficial walking track that goes all the way down to the base of Belmore Falls. Please note though that this track is not endorsed or managed by National Parks and therefore extreme care should be taken if you’re planning on undertaking this adventure.
Time: 1 hour
8. Kangaroo River Firetrail
The picturesque Kangaroo River walking track runs from Tallowa Dam Road all the way down to Lake Yarungah, otherwise knows as Kangaroo River.
The track winds its way through beautiful rainforest with interesting rock formations to an idyllic spot on the banks of the river, perfect for swimming, fishing, canoeing and camping.
Time: 3 hours