Monga National Park

20 km south-east of Braidwood and 40 km west of Batemans Bay, this park conserves a high diversity of forest types including cool temperate rainforest (dominated by the ancient plumwood trees), warm temperate rainforests and old growth eucalypt forests.

Monga National Park caters to a variety of activities with 4WD touring routes, walking and horse riding tracks, peaceful picnic areas, and ancient forests to explore. Whether you're looking for a quiet place to picnic, a leisurely stroll through the forest, a challenging full day hike, or a scenic drive on a 4WD touring route, there's something for everyone at Monga National Park.

Enjoy relaxing picnics along the banks of Mongarlowe River, a well regarded trout fishing waterway and home to the elusive platypus. There are many tranquil spots to watch or photograph the local wildlife and the unique flora of the cool temperate forest. Many of the plants you'll find in Monga National Park are related to the ancient plants from the super continent Gondwana. Plumwood trees and soft tree ferns found around Penance Grove are closely related to pollen fossils found in Antarctica. Some plumwood trees here have widths of up to four metres and are thought to be thousands of years old. Wander along the banks of Mongarlowe River and you'll also see the distinctive bright red flowers of the Monga waratah.

The wheelchair-friendly boardwalk at Penance Grove makes Monga National Park truly accessible. For the fit and energetic, try walking, cycling, or horse riding on the historic Corn Trail, the original trade route between the farmlands near the coast and the early European settlements Braidwood.

For more information visit the NSW National Parks website.

Below: Tree ferns in Monga National Park

Monga National Park