Jerrawangala Lookout is the primary visitor attraction of the Jerrawangala National Park. Never heard of it? Well, it is located around 30 kilometres south west of Nowra in the Shoalhaven region.
Located at the southern end of Jerrawangala National Park, the lookout is an easy 30-minute drive from Nowra, along Braidwood Road. As you turn off Braidwood Road on to Wandean Road the road becomes unsealed for around 4 kilometres. It is usually fine for 2WD vehicles, however, could require 4WD if wet.
At the entrance to the elevated walkway, you will find a picnic table and an information bay which provides information about the park, its flora, fauna and its history.
Also adjacent to the car park, somewhat spoiling the natural surroundings, you will notice a radio communications facility which dates back to before the area was reserved as a national park. But if you can ignore this eyesore and continue along the elevated walkway you will be rewarded.
Jerrawangala Lookout features the most breathtaking panoramic views out to the coast and the surrounding hinterland. The elevated walkway above the trees enables views in several directions. On a clear day you can see out to the coast from Gerringong in the north, and down to Ulladulla in the south, with Jervis Bay, St Georges Basin and Swan Lake in between.
The elevated walkway to the lookout (Image credit: National Parks & Wildlife Service)
From the car park to the lookout is an easy walk of around 30 metres along the flat walkway. My family and I spent some time sitting and enjoying the remarkable views. Unfortunately, my photos do not do the views justice at all.
It is such a lovely spot but with limited facilities. It would be good to have some more picnic tables installed here as there were quite a few people wanting to stop for lunch but having to sit in the car park, as the one picnic table was already being used. It would also be great to have some walking tracks underneath the elevated walkway for those wanting to explore the area some more.
From Nowra - Take Kalandar St to Albatross Rd and turn right on to Braidwood Rd. Follow along this road until you see the sign for Jerrawangala Lookout. Turn left on to Wandean Road which is unsealed.
From Canberra - approximately 2 hours drive via Nerriga.
From Sydney - approximately 3 hours drive via Nowra
Jerrawangala National Park is located south west of Nowra, along the Turpentine Range, part of the Great Eastern Escarpment. The National Park has an area of 4013 hectares, containing a mixture of tall, open and low forest, woodland, rainforest, heath and rocky escarpment. The park contains threatened plant and animal species, Aboriginal sites as well as charcoal burning sites from the 1940s.
Map of Jerrawangala National Park (Image Credit: National Parks and Wildlife Service)