Muogamarra Nature Reserve


The Muogamarra Nature Reserve is open for six weeks a year during the spring wildflower season. An entry charge applies, and there are guided and unguided walks within this reserve.

The reserve is closed to public the rest of the year. A wide variety of good aboriginal rock carvings can be seen there, along with sections of the original Old Peats Ferry Road. The vegetation is mainly dry sclerophyll forest and shrubs on rocky areas, as well as mangroves along the river.

  • The reserve is closed to the public for most of the year, and opens for six weekends each year in spring, when there are prolific displays of wildflowers.

  • Other times of the year it is available to groups such as the scouts or to schools for education or special events .

  • During the weekends that the reserve is open to the public, volunteers provide guided walks around some of the most interesting trails.

  • Access to the Muogamarra Nature Reserve is via the Pacific Highway (not the M1 Pacific Motorway), approximately 3 to 3.5 kilometres (1.9 to 2.2 mi) north of Cowan, near the Pie in the Sky cafe.

  • A small gravel road with a gate is located on the left of the northbound dual carriageway with a 3-kilometre (1.9 mi) long narrow gravel road that is accessible to most motor vehicles that leads into the reserve.

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The reserve facilities include an unsealed carpark, toilets, a small open grassy area. The Muogamarra Nature Reserve has several good short day walks, beginning at the main information centre.

Muogamarra Nature Reserve
Muogmarra Nature Reserve NSW

 

  • Point Loop – A short, flat loop 2-kilometre (1.2 mi) walk from the carpark, with excellent wildflowers. Goes to an excellent viewpoint over Peats Crater and the Hawkesbury River.

  • J. D. Tipper Loop – A short mostly flat 1-kilometre (0.62 mi) walk to the lookout named for the founder of Muogamarra Nature Reserve views overlooking Brooklyn.

  • Lloyd Trig – A slightly longer mostly flat 4-kilometre (2.5 mi) walk on an old road built by convict labour to Lloyd Trig Point, with excellent views of the Hawkesbury River area.

  • Peats Crater – A fairly long 10-kilometre (6.2 mi) walk with a 200-metre (660 ft) descent and matching ascent which follows a convict road to the site of George Peat's farm at Peats Crater, which is also an interesting geological feature.

  • Deerubbin Lookover – A medium length 6-kilometre (3.7 mi) walk with a 110-metre (360 ft) descent and a similar ascent along the old Peats Ferry convict road to a rock shelter which provides stunning views over the Hawkesbury River some 180 metres (590 ft) below.

  • Bird Gully Swamp – A trail which skirts the edge of a 'hanging swamp' containing a unique plant habitat. Also goes to the top of a pretty waterfall and occupation sites of aboriginal Gu-ring-gai people.

There are many Aboriginal sites in the Muogamarra Nature Reserve, especially rock art engravings and grinding grooves. An entry fee applies.

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