Muogamarra Nature Reserve Open Days 2019
Located 40km north of the Sydney CBD, Muogamarra Nature Reserve is a special, special place. It is home to a fragile eco-system that is bursting full of wildflowers and Aboriginal cultural heritage. Located within the park are over 900 plant species and also a host of native animals and birds.
To preserve this amazing place it is only open for 6 weekends (and some mid-weeks days for guided tours only) each year.
The reserve was founded in 1934 by John Duncan Tipper. Tipper was concerned about the loss of the natural habitat so leased 600 acres to protect the flora, fauna and Aboriginal sites.
Muogamarra Open dates 2019
The reserve is only open to the public for six weekends each year. Open dates for 2019 have been announced and are as follows:
- 10 & 11 August
- 17 & 18 August
- 24 & 25 August
- 31 August & 1 September
- 7 & 8 September
- 14 & 15 September
Each weekend the reserve is open from 9.00am to 4.30pm. The reserve is closed to the public at all other times to protect it’s natural and cultural heritage.
What can you see at Muogamarra?
Being a protected area, Muogamarra is bursting with flora and fauna. Visitors will see waratahs, angophoras, banksias, boronias and native orchids. You will also get the chance to see native animals including swamp wallabies, possums, echidnas, and bird life including wedge-tail eagles and lyrebirds.
The Visitors Centre is also host to a range of photographic and information displays. There is also a small museum and the JD Tipper lookout and monument. There are some historical buildings and relics from Tipper’s time in the reserve.
The cheapest way to see the reserve is to do a self guided walk. Admission fees do apply to enter the park, but self-guided walks are included in the entry price. Make sure to get track notes for each walk from the Muogamarra Visitor Information Centre.
There are four walks through the reserve that visitors can undertake on their own:
- Muogamarra Aboriginal heritage walk: this 3km walk will take you past significant Aboriginal cultural sites. The grade of this walk is medium meaning it is suitable for most walkers
- Muogamarra highlights walk: during this easy walk you will pass by spectacular wildflowers of all varieties. You will also see some interesting historical sites and visit the JD Tipper lookout and monument
- Muogamarra Lloyd Trig and Deerubbin walk: this 6km walk will take you to Deerubbin lookover via Lloyd Trig. At 180m above sea level, you will enjoy amazing views to the Hawkesbury River and Barrenjoey Lighthouse. This walk is of medium grade and will take 4 hours
- Muogamarra Peats Bight walk: this 10km, full day walk will take you to Peats Bight along an historic road that was constructed by bonded convicts.
Muogamarra Bird Gully walk is only available via a guided tour. It is of medium grade, suitable for adults and children 6 years and over. During this walk you will walk around the edge of a hanging swamp.
Take a Tour
The other option is to join a NSW National Parks guided tour. You will need to pre-book and pay for guided tours online as numbers are limited and places can fill up quickly.
The five guided walks available are:
- Muogamarra Aboriginal heritage walk: the cost for this walk is $40 per adult, $20 per child (under 4 free) and $90 per family. Park access fee included in price
- Muogamarra Bird Gully walk: he cost for this walk is $30 per adult, $20 per child and $80 per family. Park access fee included in price
- Muogamarra highlights walk: the cost for this walk is: $20 per adult, $15 per child (under 4 free), and $55 per family. Park access fee included in price
- Muogamarra Lloyd Trig and Deerubbin walk: the cost for this walk is $30 per adult, $20 per child (under 4 free) and $80 per family . Child/concession $20 per person. Park access fee included in price
- Muogamarra Peats Bight walk: the cost for this walk is $50 per adult, $30 per child (under 4 free), $130 per family. Park access fee included in price.
What to bring
Supplies are limited at Mugomurra so bring key items with you including:
- Good walking shoes
- Water in a reusable bottle as well as spare water (at least 2 litres in case it gets hot)
- Basic first aid supplies.
How to find Muogamarra Nature Reserve
The only way to get to Muogamarra is via car. From Sydney take the F3 towards Newcastle and exit at Berowra. Turn right onto the Pacific Highway and you will come to the park entrance approximately 3km north of Cowan.
From Gosford or Newcastle head south on the F3. Take the Mooney Mooney exit, follow the Old Pacific Highway towards Cowan. The entrance will be on your right, approximately 6km from the freeway exit.
- Visitors can only access Muogamarra Nature Reserve from the Pacific Highway, Cowan
- The entrance gate opens at 9.00am. Queuing on the Pacific Highway before 9.00am is dangerous, and cars will be turned away for the safety of all vehicles
- Please allow 20 mins to drive from the entrance gate to the visitor information centre and registration desk
Address: Pacific Highway, Cowan NSW 2081
Entry fees: Adult $15, child/concession $10, family $40 (2 adults, 2 children).
Image credit: NSW National Parks