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Morton     National Park
Experience Unspoiled Wilderness !


About Morton
Morton National Park covers an area of 170,000 hectares, from Fitzroy Falls in the north, to Pidgeon House Mountain (which Captain James Cook named in 1770) in the south. It's one of New South Wales largest parks and includes a large area of the Southern Highlands.

The park was created in 1938 after suggestions from Mark Morton, a foresighted Member of the Legislative Assembly. Over the years since, sections of the park have been added from free-hold and crown land. The park is bordered on the western side by the Escarpment of the Shoalhaven Gorge, where our villages lie, and also encorporates the southern edge of the water catchment for the Sydney basin.


Features
Morton from Badgery's Lookout Massive sandstone cliffs, rainforest gulleys and spectacular waterfalls (especially after rain!). The park also features lush and cool rainforest and suppliments Sydney's water supply from Tallowa Dam. The dam can be seen from vantage points on the Tallong peninsula. Native animals are frequently seen on the walking trails, including the elusive lyre bird and bell bird.

Many aboriginal sites and trails are scattered throughout the park, but not identified by signs. Reminders of our early settlers remain in the park, mostly related to the days of mining for gold and silver, and also of farming. The remains of structures are now in poor repair or in ruins.


Activities
Remote-area bushwalking is one of Morton's major attractions. The park is a wilderness, and anyone planning an overnight trip into the park must notify the National Parks and Wildlife Service before entering and after leaving the park... so the rangers know when to send out the search party! Half of the visitors to the park are said to come from Sydney, with the remaining visitors arriving from the coast and Canberra.

Easy access to the park is provided from Longpoint and Badgery's Lookouts at Tallong. Toilets and barbecues are available at both lookouts. Mobile phone signals are present in the gorge near the Tallong area. For the novice, even those who think they're "fit", the walk is hard, and many parts of the trails are dangerous, with steep falls and unsteady footholds.

A word of advice....when preparing a walk into the park, make sure your load is light, and any food taken into the park ie down the edge of the Escarpment is eaten before the return journey...it's a very steep climb to the top. One kilo in the back-pack feels like twenty kilos when you're climbing out! Other accesses to the park can be found at Bundanoon to the north and Braidwood to the south.

Other activities within the park include rafting and canoeing, and are organized by private and licenced groups. Horseriding on the edge of the escarpment is organised by some equine groups (don't forget the Tallong Trail Ride!) but not allowed into the park.

Backpack camping more well away from roads is permitted throughout most of the park, but dogs are not allowed into the National Park.

For further information, visit the National Parks and Wildlife Service web site.


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