Yengo National Park
Stretching over 70 km from Wisemans Ferry to the Hunter Valley, Yengo National Park is a wild area of steep gorges and rocky ridges, forming part of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage area. Mt Yengo is of cultural significance to local Aboriginal communities and the historic Old Great North Road, an intact example of early 19th century convict road-building, follows the south-east boundary of the park.
This park is near...
Gosford (0 km)
Best access routes
Yengo National Park is inland from the NSW Central Coast, within easy day-trip distance of Sydney. It stretches 70 km from Wisemans Ferry north to the Hunter Valley. You can reach the park from Wisemans Ferry and St Albans, the Putty Road or George Downes Drive.
Road quality: paved
Facilities & things to do
>>Driving in the park
>>Picnics and barbecues
It takes 2 to 3 days to comfortably walk the 43 kilometre section of the Old Great North Road from Wisemans Ferry to Mount Manning. Along the road you'll see Clare's Bridge, one of the oldest bridges on the mainland, and Circuit Flat Bridge. You can also walk into Frog Hollow, a volcanic plug. Along the way you can camp at Ten Mile Hollow and Mogo Creek. Remember to take plenty of water because there is no permanent water supply along the road.
The Womera Range Track is also popular and you can stop overnight at the Heartbreak Hill camping area.
Driving in the park
The Finchley–Yango–Boree loop, which starts near Laguna and is suitable for conventional cars, will give you a feel for this dry, sandstone park. Conventional cars can also take a scenic drive from St Albans to Bucketty via Mogo Creek Road. Along the way you'll see the picturesque St Albans countryside with its extensive wetlands, and pass the historic Deans Quarry and the Mogo Creek picnic area.
Yengo is full of possibilities for 4WD touring. The Howes–Yango Trail leaves the Putty Road from Howes Valley and crosses the park, becoming sealed when it intersects with the Finchley Track. It continues south until it reaches the Boree Track at which point you can go north-east to Laguna on the sealed section of the Boree Track or continue south on a 4WD track to join Mt Simpson Track back to George Downes Drive. The unsealed section of Boree Track and Mt Simpson Track can be negotiated with caution in a conventional car.
You can take a guided 4WD tour on the Womerah Range Track, which runs along the south-west border of the park. Contact the Gosford office for more information.
Picnics and barbecues
You'll find a picnic area with tables, toilets and barbecues at the Mogo Creek camping area on Mogo Creek Rd, just south of Bucketty.
A short walk to Finchley Trig on the Finchley Track will give you a superb panoramic view of the park and uninterrupted bush as far as the eye can see. There are also excellent views from the Womerah Range Track, which follows the south-west border of the park. This track is accessible on foot or by guided 4WD tour only.
You can mountain bike the 43 kilometre section of the Old Great North Road in a day, or take alternative shorter routes. The Womerah Range Track is also suitable for mountain bike riding. When cycling in the park, make sure you take along plenty of water.
Culture & history
According to local Aboriginal lore, Mt Yengo is the place where Biamie departed to the skies after finishing his creative tasks during the Dreamtime. The mountain top was flattened when he stepped on it. Aboriginal people have probably live in the area for about 13,000 years. Yengo is criss-crossed with Aboriginal routes used by highland and coastal tribes, where reciprocal visits were ofetn arranged to exploit seasonally abundant food. The path of the historic Old Great North Rd was probably an Aboriginal travelling route shown to surveyors by local people.
The land and waterways, and the plants and animals that live in them, feature in all facets of Aboriginal culture – including recreational, ceremonial, spiritual and as a main source of food and medicine. They are associated with dreaming stories and cultural learning that is still passed on today. We work with local Aboriginal communities to protect this rich heritage.
To find out more about Aboriginal heritage in the park, you can get in touch with the local Aboriginal community. Contact the park office for more details.
History in the park
The Old Great North Road, which runs along the park's south-east border, was one of the most important civil engineering feats of the early years of the colony of New South Wales. It was built using convict labour over the period 1826–1836 to provide a route from Sydney to the Hunter Valley. Today you can see spectacular and beautifully preserved examples of convict-built stonework including buttresses, culverts, bridges and 12 m high retaining walls. Unlike most major roads of the period, the Old Great North Road has survived in its original form because it fell into disuse almost before it was completed. Steamers between Sydney and Newcastle became the preferred mode of transport in the 1830s and an alternative road to the Hunter also became more popular.
Information for this National Park has been supplied courtesy of The New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Service