Walks

Discover your undiscovered – Monga National Park

For visitors dreaming of escaping to somewhat unexplored national parks or an unending scene of rolling countryside, the Queanbeyan Palerang Region is a definite destination to visit. We are pretty sure not many people know about the amazing and beautiful national parks that are a huge part of the our area and we are going to introduce you to them all over the coming months.

The region is home to Monga, Deua, Tallaganda, Budawang and Morton National Parks which means there is a lot of nature to explore. From bike riding tracks in Tallaganda to exploring the Corn Trail on horseback in Monga, hike to Pidgeon House Mountain from Wog Wog Campground and check out the Budawangs in Morton National park or the caves and the Big Hole through Deua National Park, to the wheelchair friendly Penance Grove walking track of Monga National Park to discover the rainforests and Gondwana plants.

There are plenty of campsites throughout the region most situated alongside water sources including the Shoalhaven River, Mongarlowe Creek/River, and the Deua and Corang River which makes visiting the area ideal in the warm (and cooler) weather  – and the perfect place to catch some beautiful fresh water fish.

If you are interested in staying a night or few there are some great camp sites – National Parks NSW has provided some designated camping areas within NSW national parks. In NSW national parks, camping is usually restricted to within the boundaries of a campground. This is for conservation purposes, your safety, and the enjoyment of our parks for all visitors.

Monga National Park

A few weeks ago the team at Visit Queanbeyan Palerang took a drive out to Monga National Park for a bit of an explore. What we found was absolutely breathtaking and magical. So today we want to share a little bit about our experience and some information on the park so that you too can take in the glory and serenity it has to offer.

Facilities – please note there are NO camping facilities in Monga.

Directions

From Braidwood:

  • Travel east along Kings Highway towards Batemans Bay
  • After approximately 20km, turn right into River Forest Road.
  • After approximately 2km, you’ll enter the park.

From Batemans Bay:

  • Travel west along Kings Highway towards Braidwood
  • After approximately 40km, turn left into River Forest Road.
  • After approximately 2km, you’ll enter the park.

Highlights

  • Penance Grove Walking Track – If you’re on a day trip to Monga National Park, check out Penance Grove. Walk along a wheelchair-friendly boardwalk and discover rainforests and Gondwana plant species.
  • Corn Trail Walking Track: Corn Trail walking track is a historic trail for hikers and horse riders to traverse a wide variety of landscapes and follow in the footsteps of the past.
  • Dasyurus picnic area: Dasyurus picnic area is a peaceful picnic spot, set on the banks of Mongarlowe River. It’s a tranquil place to stop on your drive to the coast from Canberra or a great day trip from Batemans Bay or Braidwood. The area has access to picnic tables and barbecue facilities.
  • Mongarlowe River Picnic Area: Under the shade of eucalypt forest, this sheltered picnic site is an ideal place to start exploring Monga’s rich habitats with easy strolls, swimming, fishing and beautiful views. This area has toilets, picnic tables and barbecue facilities.

Recommendations

There are plenty of 4WD tracks through the park but the highlight areas are accessible by 2WD vehicles along River Forest Road – so anyone can get out there to experience the area. We visited the park on a warm and sunny summer day but were glad we had our jackets with us as once we arrived at the Penance Grove Walking Track the sea mist from the coast had begun to roll in, making the air cool and the atmosphere somewhat moody and mysterious.

Monga National Park Rain Forest Walking Trail

Do not forget to bring your camera with you as there are plenty of insta worthy shots – #visitqueanbeyanpalerang so we can share your experience.

If you’re a keen fisherman, bring a line to drop into the Mongarlowe River where we heard rumours of monster trout – or just come for a walk/explore and a romantic picnic in a magical forest.

Keep your ears open for the amazingly beautiful and vibrant birds in the trees:

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