Unspoiled Wilderness !
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
camping more well away from roads is permitted throughout most of the park,
but dogs are not allowed into the National Park.
information, visit the
National Parks and Wildlife
Service web site.