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Bungonia SCA - Camping, Caving, Rocksports and Trekking

BUSHWALKING.

All bushwalking and adventure activities must be registered at the office. This is a safety requirement.

There are five walking tracks ranging in degree of difficulty for day walks. (For shorter, easy walks see Lookouts).

Hikes of longer duration are possible and depend upon the level of the Shoalhaven River. Bush camping is permitted in certain areas. Apply at the office for more details.

Walkers should ensure that they carry copious supplies of water and plan their journey according to their physical fitness levels and the prevailing weather. During acute bushfire conditions or heavy rain - walks into the Bungonia and Shoalhaven Gorges, plus canyoning and climbing are not recommended.

The Yellow Track starts at the camping ground and is a moderately difficult 2.5km (2 hours return) walk down to Bungonia Creek and along the escarpment on the western side to an unfenced lookout over Bungonia and Jerrara Falls.

An unbridged creek has to be forded on this walk which may be impassable after rain.

The Green Track can be accessed from any of the car parks and offers and easy to moderately difficult walk around the Recreation Area - 5.5kms (about 3 hours return to start).

This track passes by the three major lookouts where water and toilets are available.

Bushwalking

Bungonia Gorge The Red Track is a strenuous walk suitable for experienced hikers down into the Gorge 3.8kms (about 5 hours return).

Access is via David Reid carpark - a few hundred metres west off the Green Track.

This walk involves a very steep descent to the floor of the Gorge, then along the creek - which may have to be forded at times. Boulders have to be crossed and there is a danger of falling rocks and rapid rise of the level of the creek; the section below the quarry should not be passed during blasting (listen for siren). The Red Track may be impassable in wet weather.

The White Track from Mt. Ayre onwards involves a strenuous hike down to the Shoalhaven River - 3kms (about 4 hours return) - and is suitable for experienced hikers only.

This track runs east along a ridge then descends steeply to the river.

Walking in the Shoalhaven Gorge also involves river crossings whose waters may rise unexpectedly. Routes into and out of the area may be indistinct and hard to find.

Hikes of longer duration are also possible and are dependent on the level of the Shoalhaven River.

Information for Bushwalkers:

Bushwalkers must sign the visitor register book at the office before setting out, and upon safe return: this information is vital in the event of a search and rescue operation being required.

Groups must register at least 7 days in advance (preferably longer).

The Trestles Track, from Stan Jones Car Park to the Blue Track is closed to vehicular travel.

River height information is available from either:
the NSW Canoe Association (1900 260 011). Calls are charged for. Information updated every Friday.

Weather Bureau - website www.bom.gov.au - updated daily. Gauging stations upstream at Hillview, Oallen, and downstream at Grassy Gully.

During acute bushfire conditions or heavy rain walks into the Bungonia Gorge and the Shoalhaven Gorge are not recommended.


CAMPING.

There is a camping area at Bungonia SCA, and camping is also permitted in Bungonia Gorge only within 200 metres of the junction of Bungonia Creek and the Shoalhaven River (access by bushwalking only).

The camping area has a population limit of 200.

The Camping ground includes a kitchen, hot showers and amenities block A conference room is available for hire. Supplies can be bought at Marulan or Goulburn. A coin and card public phone is located at the office. Mobile phones are out of range in this area. A permanent ban exists on the use of wood fuel fires within camp-grounds and the Shoalhaven and Bungonia Gorges.

Self-contained heating devices such as braziers with heatbeads and LPG heaters are permitted outside Fire-Ban periods. Heatbeads are to be lit with fire-starters, not wood, and you are also required to take all ash and residue with you on exiting the park.

There are three picnic areas: Adams Lookout and David Reid picnic areas have free gas BBQs.

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

Camping and additional day entry fees can be paid at the office or at a self-registration unit located at the entrance to the campground. We accept payment by cash, cheque or credit card. EFTPOS is not available.

Camping Fees:

$5 (adults/per night)
$3 (children 5 - 15 years/per night)

School and Scout Groups: $3 (per person/per night)

The vehicle entry fee ($7) is also payable on the first night (unless an annual pass is held).

Bookings are required for the camping ground over long weekends and public holidays throughout the year.

Groups must register at least 14 days in advance (preferably longer). Specific camp sites are not reserved.

The nearest food supplies are at Marulan or Goulburn.


CAVING.

LATEST INFORMATION: See our Index page for up to date information on canyoning and caving at Bungonia.

There are no cave tours at Bungonia.

Bungonia caves require experience and special equipment for entry and are not suitable for young children or people with limiting disability.

• Drum Cave closes for the bat breeding season between the 1st November and the 1st April 2007.

• Chalk Cave closes between May 1st and September 30th for the winter bat roosting season.

• Cavers should be cautious of Carbon Dioxide levels in the caves and possible flash flooding

• Spring Creek canyon is closed indefinitely.

Commercial tour operators must be licensed by the NPWS for this park. Contact Mr Hahn at our Nowra office on (02) 4423 2170.

River height information is available daily from the Weather Bureau's Web Site: www.bom.gov.au

For tourist cave information contact Wombeyan Caves (02) 4843 5976.

An application and registration form must be completed at least 7 days in advance.


ROCK SPORTS.

Rock climbing, abseiling and canyoning are available at Bungonia only to experienced or supervised climbers with specialist equipment in specific areas of the reserve.

Rock climbing at Bungonia is technically very advanced and should only be undertaken by fully experienced and well equipped parties.

An application and registration form must be completed at least 7 days in advance.

escarpment at Bungonia

Information for Climbers:

Climbers must sign the visitor register book at the office before setting out, and upon safe return: this information is vital in the event of a search and rescue operation being required.

Anchor points have been provided at Blowfly, Canberra Hole/Steampipe Caves and at the top of Hogan's Wall: these belay points must be used and not natural anchors.

Spring Creek Canyon is closed indefinitely due to rock instability. Closed means you must not enter for any purpose and you could be fined if you are found there. It is also inadvisable to attempt Long Gully Canyon because of the possibility of similar rock problems.

Base jumping (parachuting) and hang gliding are not permitted.

During acute bushfire conditions or heavy rain walks into the Bungonia Gorge and the Shoalhaven Gorge, plus canyoning and climbing are not recommended.

All Defence Force personnel wishing to undertake adventure activites at Bungonia must contact SO2 at Operations Support Branch, Eastern Region - (02) 9377 2740.


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

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