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Stretching over 70 km from Wisemans Ferry to the Hunter Valley, linking the Hawkesbury River with the Hunter Valley, are the two reserves Yengo National Park (154,487 ha)and Parr State Recreation Area (38,121 ha), covering 192,608 hectares. Yengo National Park is recognised for their wilderness qualities and Parr SRA conserves the Webbs Creek catchment, which contains flora which differs from that growing further north in Yengo National Park. The reserves have an unusual mix of species normally found in totally different parts of New South Wales.

Sandstone Foundations
There are several rock-types throughout the reserves. the oldest is Narrabeen sandstone, formed when sand particles began washing down from mountains in northern NSW about 230 million years ago. Hawkesbury sandstone then formed above the Narrabeen sandstone. Heavy rains carried these sand particles to the coast, probably from mountains in western NSW. The youngest rock type is Wianamatta shale. Because shale areas are relatively fertile they have largely been used for farming. Areas remaining in their natural state are now quite scarce. In Yengo, Wianamatta shale is found around Colo Heights and in small patches along the Putty Road.
 

Flora and Fauna
The plant habitats in Yengo National Park include rainforests, tall open forest, open woodlands and swamps. Dry sclerophyll forests grow on ridge-tops and northern slopes, wet sclerophyll forest grow in gullies and on sheltered southern slopes. There are seven species of ironbark, including some more commonly found west of the Great Dividing Range. Native Callitris pines are found at the northern end of the park, that have adapted to the dry ridge-top conditions. Other plants of interest include cedar wattle, giant stinging trees, and sandpaper figs.

Wildlife include wombats, wallaroos, koalas and gliding possums and the rare brush-tailed rock wallaby, New Holland mouse. Of the many birds species seen include, gang gang, yellow-tailed, glossy black cockatoos, lyre birds, wedge-tailed eagles, and the rare turquoise parrot and tiger quoll.

Because the outer edges of several climatic zones meet at Yengo, the park supports a wide variety of frogs and reptiles.

Aboriginal Culture
The are hundreds of Aboriginal sites throughout the park. Excellent examples of the Aboriginal rock engravings can be seen near Finchley Trig.

According to Aboriginal lore, Mount Yengo is the place where Biamie departed to the skies after finishing his creative tasks during the dreamtime. The mountain-top was flattened when he stepped on it.

Aborigines probably moved into the area about 13,000 years ago. Yengo is criss-crossed with Aboriginal routes that were used by highland and coastal tribes. The path of the historic Old Great North Road, an Aboriginal travelling route, was first shown to surveyors by Aborigines.

Things to see and do
There is a variety of activities to enjoy including camping, bird watching, picnicking, 4WD touring, orienteering, canoeing, and bicycle touring. There are excellent bushwalking and at night the possibility of seeing nocturnal animals.

The high ridge-tops provide sweeping views of the park, as well as the wide, flat plateau of Mount Yengo. At Finchley Trig, 30 minutes drive along Finchley Track off George Downes Drive is one of the best vistas. There are also great views along the Womerah Range Track between Parr SRA and Yengo National Park.

When travelling to Yengo, it's also worth stopping at the historic villages of Wisemans Ferry and St Albans.

 

Source: NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service Yengo National Park Visitor Guide.

You should leave details of your travel in the national park and when you expect to return. For more information or details on camp-sites, you can contact the NPWS office nearest the section of the park you are interested in:
Information Centre NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service - Bulga

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service - Central Coast

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service - Richmond

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Yengo National Park & Parr State Recreation Area Distance

Distance to Yengo National Park & Parr State Recreation Area
• Yengo National Park is accessible from Gosford (80 km). There is a number of routes to visit the park, including St Albans/Mogo and Big Yango/Finchley. See the NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service for information on Yengo National Park and how to get there.

Parr State Conservation Area is accessible from Windsor (35 km). The area is just north of Windsor via Putty Road at Colo Heights, and 8 km west of Wisemans Ferry via the Webbs Creek ferry.

Following are some approximate distances by road between localities in and around the Yengo National Park & Parr State Recreation Area:
  Km
• Gosford to Wisemans Ferry 91
• Wisemans Ferry to St Albans 21

• Cessnock to Wollombi

29
• Wollombi to Laguna 8
• Laguna to Bucketty 17
• Laguna to Big Yango 16
  Km
• Sydney to Windsor 57
• Windsor to Colo 26
• Colo to Colo Heights 7
• Singleton to Howes Valley 48
• Howes Valley to Putty 34
• Putty to Colo Heights 54
Distances given are only approximation, they should be verified with the appropriate maps.
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