Mt Bushwalker Walk (7km)

  • Milton

This 7km return hike is the first one I suggest to beginner bushwalkers and families heading to the South Coast. A new boardwalk will lead you deep into Morton National Park, eventually bringing you to a spectacular lookout. The flat path makes it an easier walk for littler legs – and bigger legs carrying littler ones on their back. Expect easy hiking and epic views of the Budawangs.

Skill Level: Beginner
Distance / Duration: 7km / 2 hours

What to expect?

  • Beautiful, sweeping views of the Budawangs – without climbing any hills (that’s what we all love in a bushwalk, right? 😂)
  • A flat trail, mostly comprised of raised boardwalks.
  • Easy to do in a morning or afternoon
Things to note
  • Most of this walk is on raised boardwalks, which makes it an easy walk and more accessible than most. However the last section of the walk is on rock platforms, so watch your step and keep an eye on the trail markers (marked on the rocks).
  • While this hike is kid-friendly, there are steep cliff edges without barriers or fencing. Kids must be supervised at all times.
  • Suitable for groups of varying fitness level.
  • Parts of Morton National Park were once used for military training purposes and the area around Mt Bushwalker contains unexploded artillery shells, mortar rounds and grenades (also known as unexploded ordnances (UXO)). Please stay only on the recognised vehicle trails and signposted walking tracks – don’t explore off the trail! For more info, check out the NSW National Parks website.

Navigating the track

If you’ve hiked Mt Bushwalker before, you’ll be stoked with the new upgrades to the track. I spent my days as a kid crouching my way through the lowlying scrub and getting my socks and boots soaked in the process. Not anymore.

You’ll start the walk surrounded by tall eucalypts, which soon open up into beautiful low lying heathland. The new raised boardwalk takes you through this area – making for easy walking, and keeping your socks dry, all while protecting the delicate ecosystem below.

The last few hundred metres of the track take you across a rocky platform. It’s still pretty easy walking but pay attention to the trail markers, which will lead you up to the raised platform and viewing area. And there it is, the reason you came out here – epic, sweeping views of the Budawang ranges. You’ll see a glimpse of Didthul (Pigeon House), but from this vantage point, it’s the Castle and the unbelievable Shrouded Gods that will take your breath away.

I always say a trip to the Budwangs feels like stepping back in time. The country out here feels expansive and ancient, and this walk will make you appreciate the careful guardianship of the Budawang people over thousands of years. Worth the trip, every time.

How to get there

To get to the car park, head north from Milton for 9km along the Princes Highway, then turn left onto Porters Creek Road (which turns into Pointers Gap Road). After about 10km you’ll turn right onto Mount Bushwalker Road, it’s then 3.9km to the trailhead.
National Parks have this road marked as 2WD accessible but the road is unsealed and can be slippery. We recommend taking a 4WD if you have access to one.


There is a car park at the trail head, with several toilets. Remember to bring enough water with you, and to take all rubbish home with you.

What to pack

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • A hat, sunscreen and sunglasses
  • Water
  • Snacks
  • A rubbish bag (make sure you take all rubbish home with you)


Where is Mt Bushwalker located?

The trail is located in Morton National Park on the NSW South Coast. The closest main towns are Milton and Ulladulla.

When is it open?

This trail is open year round, except in severe weather events. As always, it’s best to check the NSW National Parks website for alerts before heading out.

Is it appropriate for beginner bushwalkers?

Yes! The trail is mostly flat terrain and a nice 2 hr return walk.

How long does it take to complete?

We recommend planning 2-3 hours. That should be enough time for most people to walk out and back, and allow for some viewing time at the platform.

Is it free to do?

Yes, Mt Bushwalker is a free bushwalk on the South Coast.

Can I bring my dog?

No, you can’t bring your dogs into National Parks. If you’re looking for somewhere to bring your furry friend, check out our local guide to dog-friendly walks on the South Coast.

See & Do Features
Mt Bushwalker Walking Track
Morton National Park
Porters Creek NSW 2538 Get Directions
A young lady enjoying a South Shoalhaven Walking trail

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