Muogamarra Nature Reserve Cowan Reviews
Walk Among Wild Flowers Sep 02, 2010
Last Saturday my friends and I spent the day at Muogamarra Nature Reserve. Open for only 6 weekends a year in August and September, this place offers an amazing chance to walk among wild flowers. It's about a 1.5 hour drive north of Sydney.
The reserve is open to the public for such a short time to offer people a chance to see the wild flowers in bloom every spring, while keeping the park safe from over-crowding during the rest of the year.
Our plan was to arrive early, but of course this didn't happen. The park opened at 9am but we didn't arrive until 11am. We were very lucky though as were some of the last people allowed into the park that day as they limit the amount of visitors. Next year we'll be sure to plan our day trip better and arrive with plenty of time to ensure entry.
Admission is $10 per adult but parking is free. Trying to get to this place is not easy if you don't have a car so we decided taking the train and bus option was not do-able. The info center was a very basic shelter, but full of great info. They handed out free laminated info sheets for each track and asked that people returned the laminated sheets when they were done in order to save paper. There were photos of many of the flowers at the reserve with their names and some more info for some of the plants. Plus, they offered cheap coffee and tea, as well as free sunscreen and bug repellent if you forget to bring your own.
We did the 3 shortest tracks as we didn't have enough time to do the 5 hour long track. But we were told that the best wild flower viewing was on the shorter tracks anyway. I can't describe how lovely these flowers were so you'll have to rely on my photos. And there were heaps all over to keep us distracted all day. There were also some great lookout points along the tracks with views of the Hawkesbury River.
I highly recommend this day trip if you're in the Sydney area at the right time of year. Bring all your food and water for the day as there are no food facilities, but lots of great spots for a picnic. We chose to picnic at one of the lookout points, but there were lots of families at the picnic area where there were tables and bathrooms facilities.
And don't forget to bring a macro lens for your camera :)
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