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You’ll Love Yengo National Park Part One: Campgrounds and Accommodations in the Park

You’ll Love Yengo National Park Part One: Campgrounds and Accommodations in the Park

We have been featuring the national parks in the region north of Sydney in New South Wales.  We featured Berowra Valley National Park, Marramarra National Park, and Dharug National Park. Today, we will be highlighting Yengo National Park. It is adjacent to Dharug National Park directly to the east and in the Lower Hunter region of New South Wales. The park is vast, covering 154,328 hectares of land. This protected park along with seven other national parks all make up the UNESCO World Heritage listed Greater Blue Mountains Area. Yengo National Park is located about 85 km northwest of Sydney’s CBD. It takes about 2 hours to drive there from Sydney. The park features walking trails, campgrounds, accommodations, cycle trails, bushwalking, horseback riding, bird watching, panoramic lookouts, scenic drives, and Aboriginal cultural heritage sites. This is the first of a three part blog series on Yengo National Park. Today we will be featuring the places to stay in Yengo National Park: The Big Yango House and the four different campgrounds in Yengo National Park plus the Big Yango House. The campgrounds are Mogo campground, Finchley campground, Mountain Arm campground, and Blue Gums campground. Stay tuned for part two, where we will explore the walking trails, picturesque lookouts, and scenic drives also available inside Yengo National Park.

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Mount Yengo in Yengo National Park Photo Credit: (Wikipedia) CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1056115

Places to Stay in Yengo National Park

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View from Big Yango Homestead Photo Credit: VisitNSW.com

There are four different campgrounds in Yengo National Park plus the Big Yango House. The campgrounds are Mogo campground, Finchley campground, Mountain Arm campground, and Blue Gums campground. Do your research about the requirements for the campground you choose. Remember to use sunscreen and hats to protect your skin from the sun, wear 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 stay so you know what type of conditions and temperatures you can expect. When you take all these necessary safety precautions, it ensures that you will have the most enjoyable camping holiday. The weather in Yengo National Park can be extreme and unpredictable, so be sure to come prepared for different weather scenarios. 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. Here is a little bit about each of the campgrounds in Yengo National Park that allow you to stay right in the heart of the wilderness and be one with nature.

Big Yango House

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Big Yango House in Yengo National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

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Big Yango House in Yengo National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

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Big Yango House in Yengo National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

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Big Yango House in Yengo National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

If camping isn’t for you, or you just want to splurge on a bit of luxury while exploring the park, check out the Big Yango House. It is a beautiful three bedroom house right in Yengo National Park. Haddens Hall cabin is also available in conjunction with the house and can sleep an additional four guests. Reservations can be made in advance. The Big Yango house also has picnic tables, barbecue facilities, public phone, showers, toilets, and electric power.

Mogo Campground

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Mogo Campground in Yengo National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

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Mogo Campground in Yengo National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

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Mogo Campground in Yengo National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

The Mogo Campground is a remote campground that is close to many different attractions and popular spots in the park. It is near the Old Great North Road, which has a colourful colonial history in itself. There are 6 campsites for tent camping. The amenities include picnic tables, barbecue facilities, car park, and toilets. You cannot book these sites in advance, but must self-register upon arrival to secure a site. You are likely to see goannas and wallabies while camping here. The Circuit Flat walking track is nearby or you can go mountain biking in the forest. Nearby you can visit the vineyards in Wollombi Valley and Kooland Observatory.

Finchley Campground

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Finchley Campground in Yengo National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

Finchley campground, Yengo National Park

Finchley Campground in Yengo National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

Finchley campground, Yengo National Park

Finchley Campground in Yengo National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

Finchley Campground is a more remote campground with 4 campsites that are pretty basic and better for self-sufficient travellers. They are set up for tent camping or camping beside your vehicle and have wood barbecues and non-flush toilets. The only crowds you will see here are the native birds or resident goannas. Be sure to bring your camera to the nearby lookout Finchley Trig where you will find excellent views of Mount Yengo. Also take the short walk to the Finchley Aboriginal Area where you will find one of the largest and most accessible Aboriginal engraving sites in New South Wales. At night, get ready for the theatre of the stars. This location is remote enough that the stars glow brightly away from the city lights.

Mountain Arm Campground

Mountain Arm campground, Yengo Natioonal Park

Mountain Arm Campground in Yengo National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

Mountain Arm campground, Yengo Natioonal Park

Mountain Arm Campground in Yengo National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

Mountain Arm Campground is a great camping choice for families. You can make reservations in advance and it is an easy drive to this campsite from Sydney or Newcastle. This campground offers tent, camper trailer site, and camping beside your vehicle options. It is suitable for groups and can accommodate up to 36 campers. The Mountain Arm Campground is only accessible by four wheel drive vehicles. There are barbecue facilities, public phones, and toilet facilities. The location is still remote in the park with the nearest cafes or convenience stores located about an hour drive away in Laguna or Wollombi townships. There is a shallow creek nearby as well as biking and hiking trails. Wildlife to lookout for include native birds, wombats, wallabies, and goannas.

Blue Gums Campground

Blue Gums campground, Yengo National Park

Blue Gums Campground in Yengo National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

Blue Gums campground, Yengo National Park

Blue Gums Campground in Yengo National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

Blue Gums campground, Yengo National Park

Blue Gums Campground in Yengo National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

The tall Blue Gum trees that surround this campground are how the Blue Mountains got their name. The hue from the Blue Gum trees gives a special colouration to this region. The Blue gums Campground offers a secluded camping venue with tent, camper trailer sites, and camping next to your vehicle options. There are barbecue facilities, a public phone, and toilets. You can make reservations ahead of time up to 12 months in advance for these campsites, The serene atmosphere here is very peaceful and relaxing. It is the mountain bike trails, the four wheel drive scenic Mount Yengo loop trail and other 4WD rugged valley trails. The walking trails of Yengo National Park are also nearby, or you might just want to sit back and relax and wait for a wombat or wallaby to come visit. Nightly, you can see campers swapping stories around the campfire and roasting marshmallows. This is truly a way to escape the city without travelling too far away.

Stay tuned for part two of our adventures in Yengo National Park, we will be exploring the walking trails and picturesque lookouts that are all within the boundaries of Yengo National Park. The, part three will highlight the rugged four wheel drives and mountain biking trails in the park.

Hiring a Car in Sydney to get to Yengo National Park

 

Yengo National Park Map Photo Credit: Google Maps

 

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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