• Distance 7.4km
  • Altitude max 628m
  • Altitude min 565m
  • Duration 2.5 hours
  • Trail type Return
Three Stars

Three Stars

Worth Doing

The Australian Hiker Experience Rating is a measure of the overall quality of a walk. It is intended to help you decide whether to walk a trail, not to measure anything objective. Consider this our personal take on the walk.

Grade Four

Grade Four

Bushwalking experience recommended. Tracks may be long, rough and very steep. Directional signage may be limited.

The Australian Hiker Difficulty Grading System is based on the australian standard for measuring trail hikes.

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Mount Bushwalker NSW (7.4 km)

New South Wales

Nearest Town

Milton-Ulladulla

Starting Location

Mount Bushwalker carpark

Finish Location

Mount Bushwalker carpark

Best Time to Travel

Year round. The trail gets very wet after periods of rain. The best time to go is when it has been dry for a while. Springtime also has the best wildflowers although you will see something interesting at anytime of the year

Mount Bushwalker Summary

The first time I did this walk was after a three week period of heavy rain. I had only just done the Overland Track in Tasmania about a month before and the trail conditions on this day reminded me of that trail with lots of boardwalks, mud and tree roots. The trail is rated with a difficulty of 4 which seems high given that it is not particularly long or steep however if the trail is wet you need the ability to pick your way though wet muddy tracks and to be able to maintain your footing. Unlike the Overland Track the boardwalks don’t have wire on them to provide a textured surface so the boards tend to be very slippery if they are wet. The mud can also be deep if you step off the artificial surfaces. Those were the negatives.

There are however lots of positives. The trail is relatively easy to follow – if you do take the wrong turn it soon becomes clear you have gone off trail.  It took me a while to work out that there are yellow paint marks on the rocks to highlight the way but this is not actually identified on any signage so you need to work it out for yourself. The trail incline is very gradual from the carpark to the peak going across natural trail, boardwalks and varying types of wooden ‘stepping stones’. You will also walk across sections of natural rock.

Most trails I have done in southern coastal NSW are all very similar, however the Mount Bushwalker trail is very different and as mentioned reminded me more of Tasmania. This surprised me which is rare when I do a walk these days. As much as I like doing the very well known nearby  Pigeon House Mountain, this trail is not as steep and also not as as high, the bush is wilder and as a result you feel closer and more connected to the valleys and more immersed in the environment.

The vegetation is reasonably dense but doesn’t require any bush bashing to get to your goal. It’s also variable and due to the relatively small number of people on the trail, the birdlife and animal life is more numerous than trails such as Pigeon House Mountain. While mid spring is probably the best time to do this walk with much of the native vegetation in flower there is always something to see throughout the year. On this trip we watched a pair of Black Cockatoos feeding on Banksia seeds, not too bothered by us being there.

This is a trail well worth doing in its own right so I will do it again at different times of the year to experience the differences in the plant and animal life. In addition this would be an excellent training walk (particularly just after it has rained) for those planning on doing some longer trails and wanting to gain experience.

Getting There

  • Head north from Milton along the Princes Highway and turn onto Porters Creek Road
  • Travel along Porters Creek Road turning right, the road becomes Bushwalker Road. The Mount Bushwalker carpark is 14 km from the highway and well signposted. If you go too far you will come across a sign saying 4WD drive vehicles only (this sign is less than 100 metres past the carpark)
  • The road is in reasonably good condition and will suit standard cars

The turn off onto Porters Creek Road on the left side of the highway

Keep to the right when given a choice of turn offs

Mount Bushwalker carpark. The carpark can cope with about 14 vehicles

Things to Know

  • The trail can get very wet and boggy after periods of heavy rain. Come prepared with footwear that can handle the water and has good traction
  • The boardwalks can get very slippery

Warnings:

  • You will come close to the edge of drop offs so be careful if you do go off trail
  • This is another area that was used for artillery practice in the past. Don’t pick up anything odd looking as it may be Unexploded Ordinance

Yellow direction markers on the rocks. Most examples of this marker type are just yellow dots

Wet muddy trail after a period of heavy rain

Wooden stepping stones. Slippery when wet

There are some small sections of metal boardwalk but mostly wooden boards which are slippery when wet

The trail flooded after heavy rain

View from the top

Black Cockatoo

Wildflower

Sundew – carnivorous plant

Disclaimer

This walk was undertaken by the team from Australian Hiker

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