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 part two of our blog series on 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 part two of our blog series on Yengo National Park. In part one, we highlighted 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. Today, we will be exploring the walking trails and panoramic lookouts in the park.

Yango walking track, Yengo National Park

The Yango Walking Track in Yengo National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

Mount Yengo lookout, Yengo National Park

Mount Yengo Lookout in Yengo National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

Walking Trails in Yengo National Park

Circuit Flat walking track, Yengo National Park

Circuit Flat Walking Track in Yengo National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

There are three main walking trails in Yengo National Park: Yengo Walking Track, Circuit Flat walking track, and the Finchley Cultural Walk. Here are the details on each one and some tips for bushwalking in Australia. Whether you are walking in the city, the mountains, or the outback, it is very important to be prepared at all times. Do your research about the requirements and details of the walk you choose. No matter the length of your walk, 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 walk 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 bushwalking 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 three walking trails in Yengo National Park.

The Yango Walking Track

Yango walking track, Yengo National Park

The Yango Walking Track in Yengo National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

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The Yango Walking Track in Yengo National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

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The Yango Walking Track in Yengo National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

The Yango Walking Track follows an old logging trail that passes the Mount Yengo Lookout and takes you through Yengo and Wollemi wilderness areas. It is a 6 km loop that is a grade 4 track. You should allow between 2 ½ and 3 ½ hours to complete the loop. Access to the Yango Walking Track is via a locked gate. You need to book in advance.

The Circuit Flat Walking Track

Circuit Flat walking track, Yengo National Park

Circuit Flat Walking Track in Yengo National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

Circuit Flat walking track, Yengo National Park

Circuit Flat Walking Track in Yengo National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

Circuit Flat walking track, Yengo National Park

Circuit Flat Walking Track in Yengo National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

The Circuit Flat Walking Track connects the Mogo Campground to Circuit Flat Bridge. It is a 5.5 km loop and is a grade 5 track. It takes between 1 ½ and 2 ½ hours to walk the track. Do not let the grade 5 track deter you as this is an easy to explore trail. You can do some bird watching on the walk, look for turquoise parrots up in the trees of the dry sclerophyll forest. The Circuit Flat Bridge is the 4th oldest bridge in Australia. It was built by convicts in 1831.

Finchley Cultural Walk

Finchley Cultural Walk, Yengo National Park

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

Finchley Cultural Walk, Yengo National Park

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

The Finchley Cultural Walk is a journey into local Aboriginal history where you will be able to see ancient rock art. The trail is 1 km including the return and is an easy walk that only takes 15 to 45 minutes. The Finchley Aboriginal rock art engravings are one of the best Aboriginal art sites in all of Australia. The walk gives you additional insights to the Aboriginal culture of the area.

Scenic Lookouts in Yengo National Park

Finchley lookout, Yengo National Park

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

There are two official lookout spots in Yengo National Park: Finchley Lookout and Mount Yengo Lookout. Here is a little bit of information about each one.

Finchley Lookout

Finchley Lookout, Yengo National Park

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

Finchley lookout, Yengo National Park

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

Finchley Lookout, Yengo National Park

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

Finchley Lookout is located near the Finchley Aboriginal rock art engravings. When you visit this part of Yengo National Park, in addition to experiencing the art and cultural history of the local Aboriginal people, but you can also enjoy amazing, panoramic views of this remote wilderness area. This is close to the FInchley campground and is also a section of the park where bird watching is very popular.

Mount Yengo Lookout

Yengo National Park

Mount Yengo Lookout in Yengo National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

Yengo National Park

Mount Yengo Lookout in Yengo National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

Yengo National Park

Mount Yengo Lookout in Yengo National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

When you take the short hike up to the Mount Yengo lookout, you are rewarded with some of the most breathtaking, panoramic views of Yengo National Park and out into the Wollemi wilderness. The views from the lookout are over the north and west. Access to the lookout is through the Yango walking track (mentioned above) and is via a locked gate, so you would need to book your reservation in advance to gain access, which is free. It is about a 15 minute hike up the path to the lookout. Once there, you will be able to see over the wilderness for miles but you won’t see any development in sight.

Hiring a Car in Sydney to get to Yengo National Park

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Yengo 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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