In an effort to find 4wd tracks and National Parks near Newcastle, we discovered Yengo National Park. With our sights set on Finchley lookout, we opted to explore the National Park from there.
We decided to check out the campgrounds first and time permitting take on some of the Yengo National Park 4wd tracks and just soak in the views on offer.
How to get to Yengo National Park
Yengo National Park is located in the lower Hunter and is part of the Greater Blue Mountains region. Situated just out the back of Wollombi, Hunter Valley NSW.
Directions (these may or may not help you. Worst case you can stop and have a beer):
You turn onto Yengo Creek Road, just up from The Wollombi Tavern or just before it depending on what way you come into town. You will cross a little bridge and then you just follow the winding country road from there. Driving through picturesque farm land until you hit a steep little mountain climb that puts you on top of a ridge line, from there you keep following it until you see the Finchley lookout on your left.
Or you could just use Google Maps.
From the bitumen it’ll take around half an hour to get to Finchley lookout. Arriving at the car park you’re greeted with an information board full of facts about the aboriginal heritage of the area. Climbing up the stairs, you come to a white obelisk and a raised viewing platform with a table in the centre. This offers spectacular 360 degree views of the mountains!
After leaving the beautiful views of the lookout, we headed to Finchley campground. Yengo National Park camping offers plenty of big flat areas to set up and it even has a few new fire rings. The only facility at Finchley campground is a long drop toilet, so make sure you come prepared.
Fees apply – see NSW NPWS for more information.
While you are there, make sure you check out the Finchley Cultural Walk. You will see ancient aboriginal rock art and a glimpse into the history of the area.
4wding Yengo National Park
Having read about the Yango Big Loop, it is a 4wd track that offers some challenging driving and sensational views of Mount Yengo. It sounded like a great day out. In hindsight, we clearly skimmed the information as we came to a locked gate.
It turns out that if you want to take on the Big Loop, access is only available if you are staying at Big Yango House, Blue Gums campground or Mountain Arm campground. You will also need to book the gate key from NSW National Parks and Wildlife Services.
Not to be discouraged, we made the decision to see how far we could get down Howes Trail Yengo National Park. This 4×4 track runs east to west from Wollombi, all the way through to Howes Valley on the Putty Rd.
On the National Parks website it’s graded as an easy track, we made it through with no drama in H4. There are a few steep climbs and descents but other than that it is not too challenging. The last 6 km of the track to the Putty Road are private property so you will be in and out opening and closing gates; there are 4 of them.
Yengo National Park is an easy day trip that makes you feel like you are miles from civilisation.
Just remember if you intend on doing the Yango Big Loop, you will need to book with NPWS before you head out there. Ph: (02) 43204260.
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