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The South Coast of New South Wales has long been a popular destination for tourists, offering beautiful beaches, fine fishing and wonderful waterways. Only a short distance away you'll be entranced by the Budawang Mountain Range, a contrasting additional dimension to a visit to our coast. The Budawang National Park is dominated by the Scenic Rim, a spectacular cliffline crowned by the mountainous formations of Pigeon House, Corang Peak and The Castle. This is magnificent mountain country, forming an awesome backdrop to the sparkling coast below. Rugged yet gentle, foreboding yet beckoning, the grandeur of these mountains is obvious from near or far.
Situated within the Morton National Park, approx ½ hour's drive south west from Ulladulla and 1 hour north west from Batemans Bay, Pigeon House Mountain is part of Australia's eastern mountainous escarpment which separates the coastal plain from the interior tableland. The Budawangs and the Upper Clyde area near Pigeon House also includes many other grand features such as Shrouded Gods Mountain, the Byangee Walls, The Castle and more. All are accessible, with a variety of walks and tracks suited to all levels of fitness or capability.
While Pigeon House offers a day trip with excellent rewards for a moderate effort, visits to the more remote and spectacular parts of the Budawangs require a more substantial effort on the part of the visitor.
Access to The Castle (considered by many as even more spectacular than Pigeon House) is achieved by road to Yadboro Crossing on the Clyde River, only a few kilometres past the Pigeon House access road. The climb to the summit of The Castle however, is a much longer trek and it is difficult (even for the very fit) to complete the round trip in one day. The Castle climb is ideally suited for those who are prepared to carry in a tent and provisions for an overnight stay on the trek. Although our weather is not extreme at any time, the best seasons for camping out in these mountainous regions are Spring and Autumn.
Other, more remote features of the Budawangs lie beyond the Castle or can be approached from different directions. Braidwood in the Southern Tablelands (adjoining the Clyde Coast) provides the ideal base for a more sustained foray into the heart of the Budawangs and other regions in the rugged coastal escarpment.