Yerong walking track is a 6km, grade 3 return hike, located in the The Rock Nature Reserve, New South Wales. The hike should take approximately 3hrs to complete.
Leaving directly from the carpark near the information point, this pleasant and accessible walk takes visitors to the top of the dramatic The Rock formation. It begins gently, crossing small gravelled slopes between graceful red gums.
As you climb higher, the path begins to wind around recessed cliffs hiding cool woolly ragwort plants – a threatened species native to the area that blooms with yellow flowers. Wallabies scatter through the undergrowth, lizards bask in the warm sun, and you may see glossy black cockatoos or wedge-tailed eagles circling overhead. Birdwatching only gets better the further you climb.
This hike becomes steep towards the end, so make sure you bring some sturdy shoes and plenty of water. The payoff is notable, though, with a spectacular scenic vista across bush and rolling farmland from the top of The Rock, providing an excellent opportunity for photography. Just a short trip from Wagga Wagga, this is one of the best lookouts in the region. Galore Hills is often visible to the west, and on clear winter days the snow-capped peak of Mount Kosciuszko rises in the distance. The nearby The Rock picnic area offers a great place to stretch your legs afterwards, too.
About the region
The Rock Nature Reserve – Kengal Aboriginal Place in the Murray-Riverina region
The Rock Nature Reserve – Kengal Aboriginal Place is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.
Yerong walking track starts at The Rock picnic area in The Rock Nature Reserve – Kengal Aboriginal Place. To get there:From Wagga Wagga, follow the Sturt Highway westTurn left onto the Olympic HighwayContinue to The Rock and turn right onto Urana StreetHeading out of town this becomes Lockhart -The Rock RoadContinue for approximately 2.5kmTurn left into The Rock Nature Reserve – Kengal Aboriginal Place and continue for approximately 500m to the picnic areaYerong walking track begins near the information shelter. Parking Parking is available at The Rock picnic area including bus parking.
Remember to take your binoculars if you want to go birdwatching.
The weather in the area can be extreme and unpredictable, so please ensure you’re well-prepared for your visit.
Visit NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service for more information on this trail.
The longitude and latitude of the start and end points are approximately only and should not be used for navigation purposes. Please contact me if you know the correct coordinates.