The Kanangra-Boyd National Park is part of the Greater Blue Mountains Area World Heritage Property, and only 180 km from Sydney. Visitors to the national park can enjoy a range of experiences, from the breath-taking scenery, abundant wildlife, or something physical like cycling and walking.
Adjoining the Blue Mountains National Park, Kanangra-Boyd preserves a large scenic and water catchment area of over 68,000 ha and was once home to the Gandangara people, who inhabited the area before European settlement, leaving a legacy of rock art, campsites and axe grinding grooves.
The park itself is an elevated, undulating Boyd Plateau, that falls away into the labyrinth of creeks, rivers, deep gorges and spiney ridges. This rugged wilderness is accessible by the road from Jenolan Caves to Kanangra Walls, allowing for easy access to vehicle-based camping, bushwalking, and lookouts on the rim of the plateau.
Source NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service1
For those travelling from Sydney, there is plenty to see and do, so a bit of planning, especially if you are going to incorporate some of the walks, lookouts, waterfalls, scenic vistas and the Jenolan Caves.
The Kanangra-Boyd Wilderness is among the largest and most rugged wilderness areas in New South Wales. Situated to the south of Katoomba in the Blue Mountains and the Kanangra-Boyd National Parks, this folded belt or “Rim Rock” area is markedly different from the Permo-Triassic sandstone dominated landforms which comprise the rest of the Blue Mountains.Source: Kanangra-Boyd National Park, Wikipedia3
There are three return scenic walks at Kanangra Walls, that start from the car park.
Kanangra Walls (average height 130 m), Kanangra-Boyd National Park
Lookout Walk • An easy walk and wheelchair accessible. This ten minute stroll takes you to two spectacular lookouts. The first lookout, overlooks the gorge of Kanangra Creek, where you can see the tops of Mt Cloudmaker and the main Blue Mountains ridge beyond. The second lookout, overlooks the rugged ravines at the head of the gorge and Kanangra Falls.
Waterfall Walk • If you continue on from the second lookout, a track leads down into the gully where Kalang Falls cascades into a deep pool.
Plateau Walk • This is the longest walk and turns off before the main lookouts, taking you out onto the expansive heath-covered plateau of Kanangra Tops. From here, you can soak up the magnificent views of the wilderness, as it unfolds before you.
Limestone Caves • There are undeveloped limestone caves in the park. Cavers must apply for a permit at least four weeks in advance. Contact the Oberon office.
Footnote & References
- Kanangra-Boyd National Park, NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/visit-a-park/parks/kanangraboyd-national-park
- Blue Mountains Aboriginal Culture, VisitNSW.com is the official tourism site for Destination NSW, Destination NSW, https://www.visitnsw.com/destinations/blue-mountains/aboriginal-culture
- Kanangra-Boyd National Park, Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kanangra-Boyd_National_Park
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