Budawang & Morton NPs
(3 hour walk, 2 hours up – 1 hour down, easy/moderately difficult)
Mount Budawang is in the Budawang National Park, which borders the Mongarlowe area, approx 13 km out of Braidwood. Once at Mongarlowe turn right into Northangera Rd, left at the fire shed onto Budawang Rd and then veer right at the ‘y’ intersection, through the gate, making sure you leave it as you found it, veer right again and park at the gate.
The walk starts at the car park at the NPWS locked gate (literally, the end of the road) – follow the fire trail to the summit. You climb about 430 metres in the 3.5 km walk.
At the summit is a Forestry Commission fire-watch tower which is staffed during the fire season – the 360 degree view can’t be captured in the one photograph. There’s just too much to see. To the north is Mt Currockbilly, to the north-east are Mt Cole, The Castle and Pigeon House and Durras Mountain to the east, Clyde Mountain to the south, Currawan Creek below to the south-west and Braidwood’s Mt Gillamatong to the immediate west. Truly spectacular.
The walk can be difficult after rain so be careful and wear non-slip shoes. Take something to drink and eat and appropriate clothing for the weather.
On your ascent/descent you might spot a crimson rosella or lyrebird (as you walk along Feagans Creek).