Mogo Campground - Yengo National Park

National Park - New South Wales

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**Please note: this is for tent & swag camping only - 2WD access**

Like many campgrounds in NSW national parks, Mogo is a terrific spot to settle down and get in touch with the elements, admiring goannas during the day and watching wallabies wander through at dusk.

It’s a good base for exploring the convict-built Old Great North Road, which once linked Sydney to the fertile Hunter Valley. The sandstone blocks used in construction weighed up to a backbreaking 600kg. Explore other settler history, including Bucketty Wall and St Albans Ramp. Circuit Flat Bridge, just a short walk away, is one of the oldest bridges in Australia.

With nearby vineyards in Wollombi Valley and Kooland Observatory, there’s no shortage of things to do. Kick back for a leisurely picnic, stroll along Circuit Flat walking track, or pull out the mountain bike for a thrilling ride through the forest. At night, light up the barbecue for a stunning evening beneath the stars.

Activities: picnics and barbecues, day walking, sightseeing, mountain biking, overnight walking

Natural setting: dry eucalypt forests

Cultural heritage: Mogo camping area is located close to the convict-built Old Great North Road. The road was initially built to provide access from Sydney to fertile farming lands in the Hunter Valley. Construction of the road began in 1826. Convict road and iron gangs were used, with up to 350 convicts at work at any one time. They cleared timber and blasted, picked, crushed and shifted stone. The dressed blocks used in the construction weighed up to 600kg.

Before the road was open all the way to the Hunter Valley, travel along the east coast was revolutionised by a new technology. In mid 1831 the first steam ship service was opened between Sydney and the Hunter Valley, reducing travel time from several days to less than 24 hours. Coastal steamers soon became the preferred mode of travel.

By 1836, as the few remaining gangs were completing the last northern sections of the road, it had been almost entirely abandoned as a route to the Hunter.

A short walk from the camping area you'll find Circuit Flat Bridge, constructed in early 1832, by the North Road Bridge Party, under Overseer William Barratt. It no longer has its original decking but is substantially intact and is an impressive example of colonial engineering.

Getting there: Mogo campground is in Yengo National Park.

To get there from the north:

  • Turn onto Settlers Road off George Downs Drive at Kulnura

  • Drive 6.3km in a southerly direction along Settlers Road to the campground

To get there from the south:

Starting at St Albans village, drive north along Wollombi Road approximately 28.5km to the campground.

Facilities: wood barbecues (bring your own firewood), non-flush toilets, amenities block, picnic tables, carpark

Toilets: Composting - disabled accessible

Bookings: For campsite bookings and inquiries contact NPWS Gosford Office between 9am and 3pm, Monday to Friday. Bookings are not essential at off-peak times. Payment can be made at the campsite.

Contact: Central Coast, Phone: 02 4320 4200 (general enquiries), 02 4320 4203 (camping enquiries)


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