What The Budawangs have to offer is still best summarised by a 1970s National Parks Association pamphlet.
“The South Coast of NSW has long provided the holiday maker with those irresistible attractions of fine fishing, alluring lakes and great surfing beaches. Yet, parallel with, and only 20 miles from the coast, lies the (then) proposed Budawang National Park. An area rivalling The Blue Mountains in grandeur… nowhere else in NSW is there such magnificent mountain scenery so close to a coastal holiday resort.”
Spectacular views abound. And as spectacular views are all about open vistas the eye can quickly scan, it’s perhaps best to showcase the enticements of The Budawang Range by letting 'pictures' do the talking.
Indigenous tribes (Wandandian and Walbangas) have traversed the area for about 20,000 years. Known as 'Didthul' to local south coast tribes, Pigeon House mountain is a highly significant site for Aboriginal Australians. In 1770 the mountain was named Pigeon House Hill. Today the landmark is known by both names, recently being given the dual name of Pigeon House/Didthul Mountain.
“A remarkable peaked hill which resembled a square dove house with a dome on the top and for that reason I called it Pigeon House Hill”
Lieutenant James Cook
Pigeon House/Didthul Mountain can be seen from nearly everywhere you trek in this wilderness – it’s an excellent reference point.
The range of country in this park is wide. Lush and moist to sparse and near-desert, flat to precipitous, remote to well-travelled. As a greatly experienced bushwalker of the region put it:
Bushwalking in the Morton N.P.
“The… topography of The Budawang Range contains a wealth of environments for plant life. Abrupt changes often result in startling changes… it is not uncommon to encounter the crowns of rainforest trees intruding upon a harsh heath land… from the shelter of a gully below”.
Ian Olsen, of the Budawang Committee 1982
The magic of The Park is attested to by the names given to its major features: the Pigeon House/Didthul, The Castle, Seven Gods Pinnacles, Admiration Point, The Nibelungs and the Mecca of The Monolith Valley.
All offer different experiences for the bushwalker, rock climber, camper, canoeist and 'birder'. The Clyde River and Yadboro Rivers hold further delights (including drinking water).
The famous bushwalker 'Paddy' Pallin summed it up pretty well:
“As any bushwalker knows, there are many wonderful wilderness areas within 250 km of Sydney, but the Budawangs surely have a claim to be the most interesting and extraordinary of all”.
Patrick (Paddy) Pallin first visited The Budawang Range at Easter 1954.
The Budawangs within Morton National Park offer a unique wilderness experience. Visitors need to be experienced bushwalkers as there are no facilities and very few tracks and signs. Unexploded ordnance still exists in the former Tianjara military training area, and for your own safety you should stay on track in the impact area. For bushwalking and other activities in this park please contact the Ulladulla office of the National Parks & Wildlie Service on the number below or refer to the Department of Environment and Climate Change website.
The Morton national Park is extensive; topographic maps are advised for the park, we recommend the following maps that cover the different ares:
North-Western area maps - Endrick 8927 - 4S; Tianjarra - 8927 - 1S
South-Western area maps - Corang - 8927 - 3N; Brooman - 8927 - 3S;T abourie - 8927 - 2S
Eastern area - Milton - 8927 - 2N
NPWS Uladulla Office: 02 44 549 500