Kanangra-Boyd National Park

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Kanangra-Boyd is a national park in New South Wales, Australia, 100 km west of Sydney. It lies to the southwest of and is contiguous with the Blue Mountains National Park, and is part of the Greater Blue Mountains Area World Heritage Site .

Two of the features most spoken of in the Kanangra-Boyd National park are the Kanangra Falls and Kanangra Walls. Kanangra Walls was used in the re-filming of the movie Jedda in 1954.

Kanangra-Boyd National Park is composed of two land units, the elevated, gently undulating Boyd Plateau and the area of creeks, rivers, gorges and ridges into which the plateau falls away. The plateau is traversed by the Kanangra Walls Road and can be accessed either from Oberon or Jenolan Caves. The road leads to Kanangra Walls. There are several well known landmarks in the park, such as Mount Cloudmaker, Kanangra Walls and the Thurat Spires. The word Kanangra is generally held to be a corruption of Gundangura and was called Thurat for some time.

There are several walking tracks and other sites in the park, including the Lookout Walk, the easiest and wheelchair accessible. A 10 minute route along well-formed tracks leads to the first lookout which overlooks the gorges of Kanangra Creek and beyond to the high tops of Mt Cloudmaker and the Blue Mountains escarpment which presents a spectacular vista. The second overlooks rugged ravines at the head of the gorges and Kanangra Falls.

From this lookout the Waterfall Walk leads down into a gully where the Kalang Falls splash into a pool.

The Plateau Walk turns off before the main lookout and leads into the Kanangra Wilderness and onto the expansive heath-covered Kanangra Tops Plateau.

Camping is available at Boyd River camping ground located on Kanangra Road.

Kalang Falls

Kanangra Walls seen from Echo Head

Kanangra Grand Gorge

Mount Cloudmaker

View from Kanangra Walls

Forest near Boyd River

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