Byangee Walls Track, Morton National Park, NSW

Climbing through Byangee Walls to the summit plateau of Byangee Mountain in the Budawangs makes for an excellent day walk, and is a bit easier than the nearby ascent of the Castle, which looms overhead for part of the walk. Lots of cliffs along the route and great views from the top.

The Budawangs Range in Morton National Park offers some of the NSW’s best hiking, and Byangee Walls is one of the classic day walks. There are spectacular sections as you walk along the base of the walls, and also under the most significant landmark in the area, the Castle. (Climbing the Castle is an even more spectacular walk, partially because of the views of Byangee Mountain itself, which is very attractive from above).  The views from the top are extensive, and include nearby Pigeon House Mountain, the Clyde Valley, and looking up at the 840m high Castle. 

Track notes at the end.

The Scenery

My old phone camera struggled shooting into the sun, so a number of these shots have glare and lens flare all over them. Nevertheless, I decided not to give in to vanity over the quality of my photos, and included some of the glary ones, because the views were nice and you should see the scenery.

Byangee Walls Track, Morton National Park
I often fail to adequately depict height and steepness in my photos, but I think I got it right in this one.
Byangee Walls Track, Morton National Park
A snake out in winter for some reason. Pretty docile but we gave it a wide berth regardless.
Byangee Walls Track, Morton National Park
The imaginatively named, The Arch.
Byangee Walls Track, Morton National Park
Climbing higher.
Byangee Walls Track, Morton National Park
The Castle looms overhead (~840m of elevation).
Byangee Walls Track, Morton National Park
Lots of cliffs.
Byangee Walls Track, Morton National Park
The Castle to the left, and glare to the right.
Byangee Walls Track, Morton National Park
The Clyde Valley
Byangee Walls Track, Morton National Park
Byangee Walls.
Byangee Walls Track, Morton National Park
The Castle
Byangee Walls Track, Morton National Park
A very glary panorama from the top looking north. The Castle to the left and Clyde Valley centre right.
Byangee Walls Track, Morton National Park
Byangee Walls to the right, and Talaterang Mountain centre left.
Byangee Walls Track, Morton National Park
The Castle from on top of Byangee Mountain.
Byangee Walls Track, Morton National Park
Pigeon House Mountain.
Byangee Walls Track, Morton National Park
This was the trickiest part of the walk. I tried to get up without the rope and couldn’t. Sophia pictured going down.
Byangee Walls Track, Morton National Park
More cliffs.
Byangee Walls Track, Morton National Park
Looking up at the Castle.
Byangee Walls Track, Morton National Park
Cathedral Cave.
Byangee Walls Track, Morton National Park
I think banksia flowers may have inspired velcro.
Byangee Walls Track, Morton National Park
Sophia crossing the Clyde River near the end.

Track Notes

There are notes in two books we own – Take a Walk in Southern NSW & the ACT and Best Bush, Coast and Village Walks of The Shoalhaven, and you can find notes online at Beyond Tracks. You ascend the walls close to the north-western end of the mesa, and can walk along the tops to the far end, although we didn’t leave enough time for that on the day we did it. A long enough walk regardless, and there is one section where you’ll probably need to use the fixed rope, unless you are up for a spot of bouldering.

Author: Edward Hathway

I'm a clinical psychologist and keen hiker.

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