Pagoda Lookout Track, Dunns Swamp, Wollemi National Park NSW

An excellent short walk on the Pagoda Lookout Track in Wollemi National Park, where there are views of rock pagodas & over the picturesque Cudgegong River.

Pagoda Lookout Track, Dunns Swamp, Wollemi National Park

The Dunns Swamp area is very picturesque, and a shortish drive from the also picturesque village of Rylstone, in NSW’s Mid-Western region. The short walk on the Pagoda Lookout Track passes along the foreshore of the dammed but still very attractive Cudgegong River, and takes you to the base of impressive rock pagodas. From there it’s a short but steep climb to the top of the rocks themselves. There are great views of the rocks and over the surrounding area. Definitely worth spending half an hour or so exploring the area around the lookout, and obsessively taking pictures (obviously).

Track details on the NPWS website. You can continue along the Cudgegong River to the dam, a section we did on our first visit to the area. On this occasion we walked part of the way, but had another walk and a long drive to fit in later in the day, so we stopped at a nice bend in the river.

Pagoda Lookout Track: The Scenery

Pagoda Lookout Track, Dunns Swamp, Wollemi National Park
By the foreshore of the dammed Cudgegong River.
Pagoda Lookout Track, Dunns Swamp, Wollemi National Park
Climbing up towards Pagoda Lookout.
Pagoda Lookout Track, Dunns Swamp, Wollemi National Park
Sophia was somewhat camouflaged by her grey outer clothing, so she opened her shirt to let the blue of her singlet show. Still not easy to see.
Pagoda Lookout Track, Dunns Swamp, Wollemi National Park
Great rock shapes at Pagoda Lookout.
Pagoda Lookout Track, Dunns Swamp, Wollemi National Park
The view from a high point of sorts.

Pagoda Lookout Track, Dunns Swamp, Wollemi National Park

Pagoda Lookout Track, Dunns Swamp, Wollemi National Park
Rock pagodas at Pagoda Lookout.
Pagoda Lookout Track, Dunns Swamp, Wollemi National Park
Sophia up there.
Pagoda Lookout Track, Dunns Swamp, Wollemi National Park
Sophia top left for scale.
Pagoda Lookout Track, Dunns Swamp, Wollemi National Park
This spot was as far as I went along the top of the rock pagodas.

Pagoda Lookout Track, Dunns Swamp, Wollemi National Park Pagoda Lookout Track, Dunns Swamp, Wollemi National Park

Pagoda Lookout Track, Dunns Swamp, Wollemi National Park
A panorama from Pagoda Lookout.
Pagoda Lookout Track, Dunns Swamp, Wollemi National Park
Walking back.

Pagoda Lookout Track, Dunns Swamp, Wollemi National Park

The next three pics from a spot just a little further on from the Pagoda Lookout turnoff…

Pagoda Lookout Track, Dunns Swamp, Wollemi National Park
The dammed Cudgegong River about 10 minutes beyond the Pagoda Lookout turnoff.

Pagoda Lookout Track, Dunns Swamp, Wollemi National Park Pagoda Lookout Track, Dunns Swamp, Wollemi National Park

These taken on our way back to the campsite and car park.

Pagoda Lookout Track, Dunns Swamp, Wollemi National Park

Pagoda Lookout Track, Dunns Swamp, Wollemi National Park
A rather bulbous and lumpy tree trunk.

Author: Edward Hathway

I'm a clinical psychologist and keen hiker.

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