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Muogamarra Nature Reserve Is Reopening to the Public for Six Weeks This Winter and Spring

This secret oasis just north of Sydney is home to more than 900 species of native wildflowers.
By Ben Hansen
June 09, 2023
By Ben Hansen
June 09, 2023

Muogamarra Nature Reserve, a hidden oasis of native wildflowers located near Cowan, is closed to the public most of the year in order to protect its fragile ecosystem and its Aboriginal cultural heritage. But, every now and then, it opens for everyone to enjoy for a limited time. That time is about to arrive for 2023, with the reserve welcoming guests for six weeks in August and September this year.

The reserve is a thing of beauty, playing home to more than 900 species of native wildflowers that fill the area with a sea of vibrant colours when they bloom. Waratahs, angophoras, old-man banksias, pink boronias and native orchids — they're all here among the site's expansive bushlands and rainforests.

You can also catch a glimpse of Aboriginal rock engravings and take in expansive views of Hawkesbury River, Berowra Creek, Bar Island, Milson Island and Spectacle Island.

If this all sounds right up your alley, you've got a couple of options when planning a trip to Muogamarra Nature Reserve. You can book one of four different guided tours led by experienced NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) volunteers, who will take you through the reserve, teaching you about the floral wonders surrounding you.

The tours each cover different sections of the park, and range from three to ten kilometres of walking. Or, if you want to tackle the reserve by yourself, you can also reserve a time slot for a self-guided tour.

Slots for both are limited, so the NPWS is encouraging anyone keen to explore the wildflower haven to get in quick. Each of the four guided tours and the self-guided tours are available to book at different dates and times between Saturday, August 12–Sunday, September 17. Head to the NSW National Parks website to see the selected dates and to make a booking.

Muogamarra Nature Reserve is located three kilometres north of Cowan Station, on the western side of the Pacific Highway. It will reopen to the public for 2023 across selected dates between Saturday, August 12–Sunday, September 17.

Published on June 09, 2023 by Ben Hansen
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