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Florance Head Walk – Morton National Park


Florance Head Bush Walk, Morton National Park


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Silvereye, one of the bird varieties on the Florance Head walk.

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Yellow Faced Honey eater, another of the many bird varieties


We reminisced on this ‘Florance Head’ bush walk of the bygone years when Bobby White would arrange our bush walks that included the Castle, Mount Bushwalker, Yadbora, Shallow Crossing, Ulladulla to Batemans Bay to name a few. He would share his decades of National Parks knowledge explaining and naming the different flora and bird life, he would even take a ‘Billy’ and boil some real bush tea. So on this occasion we took a book with directions and descriptions of the flora and fauna. 

National Parks – Bush Walking & Hiking.

The Mollymook, Milton, Ulladulla area is bounded by the Morton National Park to the west, the Conjola National Park to the north and the Meroo National Park to the south and the Tasman Sea to the east. The National Parks provide for some excellent bush walking/Hiking trails, astonishing views westward to the Budawang mountains and wilderness areas, and east to the majestic coastline. On these National Park walks you will experience an array of bird-life, flora and fauna. Graeme Barrow author of “Bush Tracks between Nowra and Batemans Bay” has an extensive list of walks in this region. Some of the popular bush walks include: Mt Bushwalker, Pigeon House Mountain, George Boyd lookout and the Pretty Beach to Pebbly Beach walk.   (Click on images to enlarge)             (Walking trail maps used with permission)

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Mt Bushwalker hike

Mt Bushwalker. This is Graeme Barrow’s pick of the National Park bush walks. Unlike Pigeon House Mountain, the Mt Bushwalker walk is an easy walk with majestic scenery. You actually drive to the top of the mountain and then the walk is across a plateau (walk climb is approx. 70 metres) 6.5 km return with views of the “The Castle” & “Pigeon House Mtn”.  On the occasion my wife and I did this walk we were able to light a fire and boil the bush billy (literally) plus BBQ some meat. Just a beautiful outing. Can be done in 2 hours or take your time and enjoy.    

Directions: 9 km Nth of Milton PO, turn left off Highway at sign post to Porters Creek Dam (Pointer Gap Rd). At the end of Pointer Gap Rd turn right (T section) & travel along to the Mt Bushwalker car park.  The track is easily followed with colour markers, marking the way across the rock plateau.

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Pigeon House Mtn. hike

Pigeon House Mountain. Captain Cook & Sir Joseph Banks wrote about this remarkable peak back in April 1770. The Aborigines of the Walbanja and Wandandian tribes called it Dithol meaning a woman’s breast or Did-Del. Today upwards of 8000 people make the assent annually. From the top of the mountain there are magnificent panoramic views of the rugged cliffs and gorges carved by the Clyde River and its tributaries. Dominating the view to the north-west are two elongated plateau of Byangee Walls and the Castle. My wife and I can confirm the majesty of this “Hike” and the glorious views in all directions, once on top of the peak. A “must do walk” provided you are fit!  Directions: Take the turn off at the Milton traffic lights and follow the signs.

Allow 4 hours, can be done quicker or take your time and enjoy. Best on a clear day.  (4.5 kms ascending 500 metres.)

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Pretty Beach to Pebbly Beach walk

Pretty Beach to Pebbly Beach. 

The day my wife and I did this walk the temperature was in the mid 30’s. Nonetheless you could not be impressed with the beauty of this national park. Take your camera and a map for this coastline walk, Drive via Kioloa to Pretty Beach. Best in the morning, from Pretty Beach walk the short distance north to the Snapper Rocks lockout for some majestic pics. Then head south along the beach to Snake Bay. Here you detour inland a little and follow the track to Pebbly Beach.

For the (Pretty Beach to Pebbly Beach) return journey take the Murramarang Range plateau track back to Pretty Beach. (16 km return) (OR you could do the return journey from Snake Bay, allow 4 hrs or from Pebbly Beach allow 6 to 8 hrs) (Best to do the beach walk at low tide.)

Merry Beach > Kioloa > Snapper Rocks Lookout > Pretty Beach  & return. Park near the Kioloa boat ramp, follow the track around the headland to Snapper Rocks Lookout down to Pretty beach and take the National Park track direct back to Kioloa. Best in the morning, to reach the Snapper Rocks lockout before the winds arrive for some majestic pics. of the coastline. Take your camera and a map for this coastline walk. (Could combine this easy picturesque walk with the more strenuous Pretty Beach to Pebbly Beach walk.)

Depot Beach. Another picturesque beach, coastline and unspoilt area.  Take a camera & picnic lunch to explore this beautiful area.

George Boyd Lookout and adjacent Rainforest Walk. Turn off the Princes Highway north of Milton at the sign “12 mile drive”. Short easy walks with extraordinary views.

Botanical gardens at the Booderee National Park, Jervis Bay. A relaxing and inspiring walk through the Jervis bay Botanical gardens.

 Beecroft National Park, Currarong. This is my wife’s favourite walk. See the wreck of the SS Merimbula &/or take the trail to Mermaid Rocks where according to Rex Hunt it is the only place whereby you can fish for marlin off the mainland. While in the area visit Point Perpendicular a spectacular sheer cliff face that rises 75 metres up from the ocean. On one of our trips we witnessed a youngster who had ab-sailed down the face and climbing back up froze about 10 metres from the top of the cliff. Another nice area is the protected shores of the secluded Long Beach & Honeymoon Bay. Take a picnic lunch a make a full day of this excellent outing. Also take your cosies, good swimming and snorkeling.  (Click on images to enlarge)

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Mt Bushwalker

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The Castle

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Yadboro Picnic