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Nattai National Park, Thirlmere

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The Nattai National Park is a protected national park that is located in the Macarthur and Southern Highlands regions of New South Wales, in eastern Australia. 48,984-hectare (121,040-acre) It is situated approximately 150 kilometres (93 mi) southwest of the Sydney central business district and primarily encompasses the valley of the Nattai River, which is surrounded by spectacular sandstone cliffs. Part of the Southern Highlands Shale Forest and Woodland, the park is covered in dry sclerophyll (hard leafed) forest – mostly eucalypt and has fairly frequent forest fires. It is largely an untouched wilderness area and receives very few visitors, as it has virtually no facilities and is fairly remote, despite its proximity to Sydney.

The Nattai National Park is one of the eight protected areas that, in 2000, was inscribed to form part of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Greater Blue Mountains Area. The Nattai National Park is the most southern of the eight protected areas within the World Heritage Site. The national park forms part of the Great Dividing Range.

The national park is bounded to the north by the Nattai State Conservation Area, the Burragorang State Conservation Area, and Lake Burragorang, inclusive of a 3-kilometre (1.9 mi) exclusion zone surrounding the lake; to the east by the Bargo State Conservation Area and the now partly disused Picton – Mittagong loop railway line; to the south by the Wombeyan Caves Road; to the southwest by the Kanangra-Boyd National Park; and to the west by the Yerranderie State Conservation Area. The Blue Mountains National Park does not directly adjoin the Nattai National Park, located on the northwestern shore of Lake Burragorang.
The Nattai National Park contains much of the course and catchment of the Little, Nattai, Allum and Wollondilly rivers.
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  • It was not a happy visit bushwalking site. when first hour of bushwalking toward the *starlights trail* turned no better than other local bushwalking options s.a. Hornsby bluegum trail, we came back.....  more
    It was not a happy visit bushwalking site. when first hour of bushwalking toward the *starlights trail* turned no better than other local bushwalking options s.a. Hornsby bluegum trail, we came back.....  more »
  • a lot of the activities here are based around hiking, as the terrain is rough and beautiful. however its recommended you have an intermediate level of knowledge and skill around bushwalking 
    a lot of the activities here are based around hiking, as the terrain is rough and beautiful. however its recommended you have an intermediate level of knowledge and skill around bushwalking  more »
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  • A beautiful park tucked away behind Buxton. Some great views of the Nattai gorge. Be aware however that the National Parks and Wildlife service offline map on their app is incorrect to the starlight's trail. It's a different trail thats quite sparse and unmarked.
  • Great area for exploring. Amazing views at the different lookouts. Wollindilly has camping, We rode through the park to Wombeyan caves.

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