PROTECTED AREAS OF THE GARDENS OF STONE REGION



THE EXISTING GARDENS OF STONE NATIONAL PARK

The Gardens of Stone National Park was declared in 1994 and covers 15,130 hectares. It joins Wollemi National Park on the northern part of Newnes Plateau. It has as its core the spectacular mesa of Pantoneys Crown (1,020 metres high), a former nature reserve, which rises from the floor of the Capertee Valley, the largest enclosed valley in the Southern Hemisphere. Pearsons Lookout on the Castlereagh Highway provides a spectacular view over the valley.

Gardens of Stone National Park is one of the seven national parks which together with Jenolan Karst Conservation Reserve make up the million hectare Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area.

The park has a few four-wheel drive tracks which also provide good walking opportunities. The Devonian limestone outcrops around Crown Creek are another key feature of the park – they support a rare grassy White Box woodland with spectacular grasstrees and even spinifex.

For more information about visiting, go to National Parks and Wildlife Service.

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photo: © Simon Lynch- Pagoda Sunset

 

 

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