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Kanangra-Boyd National Park

Kanangra-Boyd National Park is located just south west of the Blue Mountains. It is just about a 3 hour drive from Sydney and it is a scenic drive through the Blue Mountains to get to this park. It is located 180 km south west of Sydney. This protected park along with seven other national parks all make up the UNESCO World Heritage listed Greater Blue Mountains Area. We have been featuring the national parks in the region north of Sydney in New South Wales including the Greater Blue Mountains Area National Parks as well as other national parks in the region.  We featured Berowra Valley National Park, Marramarra National Park, and Dharug National Park  and Yengo National Park. Previously, we highlighted several other National Parks in this region including Blue Mountains National Park, Ku-ring-ga National Park, Royal National Park and Wollemi National Park.  Today, we are featuring Kanangra-Boyd National Park, which is one of the larger national parks in the region at 68,660 hectares. It forms part of the Great Dividing Range and housed within the borders of this national park are some amazing features including three waterfall systems, karst caves, Kanangra Walls, Mount Colong, and Thurat Spires.

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Jenolan Caves Blue Lake in Kanangra-Boyd National Park Photo Credit: VisitNSW.com

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Kanangra-Boyd National Park Photo Credit: VisitNSW.com

Things to Do in Kanangra-Boyd National Park

Even though Kanangra-Boyd National Park is so close to Sydney, it feels like it is light years away from the hustle and bustle of the busy city. A nature adventure awaits you here with plenty of wildlife, cycling and walking trails, caves and mountains to explore, and magnificent scenery all the way there and all around, everywhere you look. Do your research about the requirements and details of the bike trail or walking track you choose. No matter the length of your walk or ride, be sure to plan ahead, understand the fitness level requirements, use sunscreen and hats to protect your skin from the sun, have the right shoes and attire, bring plenty of drinking water, have emergency supplies with you, and make sure that someone not travelling with you knows when you are expected back. Check the weather before your ride so you know what type of conditions and temperatures you can expect. The weather in Kanangra-Boyd National Park can be extreme and unpredictable, so be sure to come prepared for different weather scenarios. When you take all these necessary safety precautions, it ensures that you will have the most enjoyable holiday.  It is also important to always remember that you are a guest in nature. Bring a bag with you to take your own rubbish away. Leave nothing but footprints and take nothing but pictures.

Kanangra-Boyd Lookout

Kanangra-Boyd Lookout, Kangara-Boyd National Park

Kanangra-Boyd Lookout in Kanangra-Boyd National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

Kanangra-Boyd Lookout, Kangara-Boyd National Park

Kanangra-Boyd Lookout in Kanangra-Boyd National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

Kanangra-Boyd Lookout, Kangara-Boyd National Park

Kanangra-Boyd Lookout in Kanangra-Boyd National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

If beautiful scenic views are what you want, then the Kanangra-Boyd Lookout truly delivers. The lookout is easily accessible with an easy 10 minute walk from the Kanangra Walls carpark. The views are unparalleled and some of the best in the entire Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area. From the lookout, you can see over Kanangra Deep to Kanangra Walls and see Mount Cloudmaker off in the distance, which got its name since it is usually circled by mist. From here, you can do some bird watching and also take note of the diverse vegetation in the area including silver banksia, bright red mountain devils, and white flowering hakeas.

The Waterfall Walk

Waterfall Walk, Kangara-Boyd National Park

The Waterfall Walk in Kanangra-Boyd National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

Waterfall Walk, Kangara-Boyd National Park

The Waterfall Walk in Kanangra-Boyd National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

Who doesn’t love to see the majestic and awesome beauty of waterfalls? On the Waterfall Walk in Kanangra-Boyd National Park, you will be able to go bushwalking through the park and see some of these awe-inspiring views at Kanangra Falls and Kalang Falls. The walk is rated a medium grade level and you should allow 30 minutes for the 1.6 km walk one-way. Along the way, in addition to the magnificent waterfalls, you will be able to take in the scenery which includes Kanangra Deep, Kanangra Walls, and Thurat Spires. In spring, you will see the vibrant red colour of the native deciduous Australian red cedar trees that stand out among the otherwise green heath and forest. Lookout for birds on your walk like the small flame robin.

Mount Emperor Loop Bicycle Trail

Mount Emperor loop, Kanangra-Boyd National Park

Mount Emperor Loop Bicycle Trail in Kanangra-Boyd National Park Photo Credit:NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

Mount Emperor loop, Kanangra-Boyd National Park

Mount Emperor Loop Bicycle Trail in Kanangra-Boyd National Park Photo Credit:NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

Mount Emperor loop, Kanangra-Boyd National Park

Mount Emperor Loop Bicycle Trail in Kanangra-Boyd National Park Photo Credit:NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

Mount Emporer cycle loop, Kanangra-Boyd National Park

Mount Emperor Loop Bicycle Trail in Kanangra-Boyd National Park Photo Credit:NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

Mount Emperor loop, Kanangra-Boyd National Park

Mount Emperor Loop Bicycle Trail in Kanangra-Boyd National Park Photo Credit:NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

The Mount Emperor Loop Bicycle Trail allows riders to see some of the more remote and lesser-known corners of Kanangra-Boyd National Park. The trail distance is 12.5 km and takes you across the Boyd Plateau. It is a medium grade track and the suggested time is about 1 hour. It is definitely off the beaten track on the north side of the park near Katoomba and the Jenolan Caves. This trail is a little shorter than the Boyd River Loop, but is a little more difficult to traverse. Take your time biking through the trail so that you don’t miss any of the gorgeous scenery and landscapes. The ride includes the Ben Lomond trail, Emperor Creek, Box Creek, and the Kowmung River trail.

Boyd River Loop Cycle Trail

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Boyd River Loop Cycle Trail in Kanangra-Boyd National Park Photo Credit:NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

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Boyd River Loop Cycle Trail in Kanangra-Boyd National Park Photo Credit:NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

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Boyd River Loop Cycle Trail in Kanangra-Boyd National Park Photo Credit:NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

The Boyd River Loop is an easy but long bike ride through Kanangra-Boyd National Park. The loop is 21 km long through fire trails and roads. Anyone and everyone can take on this adventure. Sites along the way include the Kanangra Walls, Morong Creek, Hanrahans Creek, and the Boyd River campground.

Boyd River Campground

Boyd River Campground, Kanangra-Boyd National Park

Boyd River Campground in Kanangra-Boyd National Park Photo Credit:NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

Boyd River Campground, Kanangra-Boyd National Park

Boyd River Campground in Kanangra-Boyd National Park Photo Credit:NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

The scene is set for you thanks to Mother Nature. Boyd River Campground is a serene and peaceful, picture perfect setting. The remote campground is situated on the banks of Morong Creek. Tent, camper trailer, caravan, and camping beside your vehicle are the options and under the snow gum trees. There is an abundance of wildlife including sugar gliders, brushtail possums and tawny frogmouths that inhabit the towering snow gum trees. You might also see wombats, wallabies, and kangaroos in the campgrounds. The Kanangra-Boyd Lookout, Waterfall Walk, and Boyd River loop cycling trail are all nearby, so this campground makes a great home base for just about anything else you want to do in the park. Facilities include picnic tables, barbecue, carpark, and toilets.

Hiring a Car in Sydney to get to Kanangra-Boyd  National Park

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Kanangra-Boyd National Park Map Photo Credit: Google Maps

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Sydney Car Rental Map Photo Credit:Budget.com.au

It’s convenient and easy to hire a car in Sydney  at one of many convenient locations. If you flew into Sydney on holiday, you can hire a car right at the Sydney Airport. Other locations in Sydney where you can rent a car at a great price include  Sydney east location in Alexandria, or the Sydney southwest location in Ravensby. If you want to hire your car or four wheel drive vehicle closer to Yengo National Park, then choose the city of Gosford Budget location. Click through any of the links to get a quick and easy rate quote for the best car rental rates in Sydney. Be sure to let your car rental agent know your travel itinerary so that they can ensure you have the best vehicle for your trip. Our helpful car rental agents can also assist you with local maps, holiday tips and pointers, and travel safety information. While in Sydney, check out these other holiday ideas from our blog:

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