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Bungonia SCA - Lookouts, Picnics & Bushwalking

Bungonia Gorge has attracted visitors since the 18th century to admire its spectacular scenery.

The State Conservation Area today is just the place for a picnic, some bushwalking, or just to escape and enjoy the beauty of nature.

There are a number of walking trails - from an easy 30 minutes, to a long 4 to 5 hour hike through the canyon.

LOOKOUTS.

There are three lookouts - Adams, Jerrara and The Lookdown.

These can be reached by following walking trails around the reserve -- or you can drive right up to them (carparks and picnic areas are just a short walk from the lookouts).

The Adams and Jerrara lookouts provide a view of Bungonia Creek, an upper tributary of the Shoalhaven River, and are reached by a short bushland walk from Adams picnic area. The flora along the walk is identified by labels.

Access to The Lookdown, Bungonia Creek and Adams Lookout is suitable for people with limiting disabilities.

Lookouts

The LookdownThe Lookdown offers a spectacular view of the gorge as it winds down towards the Shoalhaven.

Across the Gorge can also be seen the limestone quarry at South Marulan. Here the top of the ridge is being mined up until 2010 when it will be filled in and reshaped with mullock from a new mine over the ridge and restored to natural bushland.

There is an easy walk along part of the Green Track between the lookouts (just over 2 kms round trip).

Other (unfenced) lookouts my be accessed via the bushwalking trails.

There is a short walk from David Reid to the Bungonia Lookdown which is suitable for the disabled with assistance. Access to the Adams and Jerrara Lookouts is also suitable for the disabled.

PICNIC AREAS

For day visitors there are three picnic and barbecue areas in delightful bushland settings. All have ample car parking with room also for coaches..

1) Kerrileau: follow the road into the reserve.

The Kerrileau car park (suitable for coaches) and picnic area is about half a kilometre from the entrance.

It has 4 tables with benches, rainwater tank, a wood BBQ pit surrounded by logs to sit on, and a toilet block.

Bush trails lead from here to other (unfenced) lookouts.

Barbecue areas

Picnic areas 2) Adams: at Kerrilieau turn left. The Adams car park is about a kilometre along the road.

Adams has 4 tables and benches - including undercover shelter, free gas BBQ, rainwater tank and toilet block (disabled access).

3) David Reid: continue past Kerrilieau. The David Reid car park is about one kilometre further on.

It has 5 tables with seating - including undercover shelter, free gas BBQ, rainwater tank, and toilet block (disabled access).

BUSHWALKING.

There is a short walking trail between David Reid carpark and the Lookdown which is suitable for the disabled with assistance.

There are 5 bushwalking tracks ranging in degrees of difficulty for day walks.

The Orange Track starts at Kerrilieau picnic area and is an easy 1.2km (one and a half hours return) walk to a lookout towards the south overlooking the Shoalhaven.

The White Track from David Reid picnic area to Mt. Ayre is an easy 1.5km (1 hour return) walk. Past Mt. Ayre it should be attempted by experienced hikers only.

The Green Track offers an easy to moderate walk between Kerrilieau and Mt. Ayre, and between the Adams and David Reid picnic areas.

For more serious bushwalking see Hiking.

Important information for day visitors.


Information courtesy of NPWS, Bungonia SCA. Last updated 20/6/07

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