The Budawang Range is a unique and incredibly beautiful feature on the south coast of New South Wales, well known and loved by bushwalkers and other outdoor enthusiasts.
Although it’s especially well known for it’s rugged, wild terrain, there’s at least one place where those lower down the fitness scale can experience its unbelievable views first hand – the Mount Bushwalker Walking Track.
– descend a management vehicle track for a short time before turning off into the scrub
– so many birds and lizards
– boardwalks and stumps to cross in places where the ground may be particularly wet or the vegetation sensitive
– tunnels cut into the thicket of Banksia trees
– tall banksias, hakea, boronia
– at one point there’s a section of rock outcrop where a small creek crosses the track and tumbles over a rock ledge into the valley below – it was easy enough to avoid getting our feet wet but had it been raining more heavily it would’ve tested the waterproofness of our shoes
– may be impassable after heavy rain
– eventually we reach a more open section where we cross the rock plateau – yellow dots
– view down the Clyde River Valley
– o the east is a long stretch of cliffs that leads out to Gadara Point and beyond that, Mount Talaterang, and peeking over the top is the distinctive crown of Pigeon House Mountain. On the west side of the valley, far, far away is The Castle, a huge block of rock that dominates the vista.
– not really a mountain – high point on a sandstone plateau
The most common feedback I get from readers of The Bushwalking Blog is that they “just want more hikes to do”. I get it – hiking is my passion too. I do more hikes than I’d ever have the time to write about, so that’s why I’ve decided Bare Bones Bushwalking is now a thing. Not every hike has a story I can attach to it and some I just don’t get around to writing up, so in an effort to share ALL of (or at least more of) the hikes with you I’m doing this. A more simplified blog post that gives you everything you need to go and do the hike yourself. Make your own stories.
Need to Know
Last Visited: 2017
Length: 7 km
Time: 2 hrs 30 min
Grade: Easy – Moderate / Grade 4 (according to the Australian Walking Track Grading System).
Region: New South Wales
Park: Morton National Park
Closest Town: Milton (22 km)
Car Access: Turn into Porters Creek Dam Road from the Princes Highway, about 5 km south of Fishermans Paradise or 9 km north of Milton, and follow the signs to Mount Bushwalker.
Map: Some of the trail requires following painted yellow dots on the rocky surfaces, so I recommend coming equipped with a topographic map. NSWtopo’s Tianjara 1:25,000 should cover you. If you’re happy to use your phone as your map you can download the free Avenza Maps app (on Android, iPhone, or Windows) and purchase it for AUD$2.99.
Have you visited Mount Bushwalker or Morton National Park? Got them on your bucket list? If you have any stories, updates or corrections, please let us know by commenting below.
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