The Morton National Park is a 199,745-hectare (493,580-acre)[1] national park located in the Southern Highlands, South Coast and Illawarra regions of New South Wales, Australia, situated approximately 170 kilometres (110 mi) south southwest of Sydney.

Morton National Park
New South Wales
Morton National Park is located in New South Wales
Morton National Park
Morton National Park
Nearest town or cityBasin View
Coordinates35°10′55″S 150°12′29″E / 35.18194°S 150.20806°E / -35.18194; 150.20806
Established1 October 1967 (1967-10-01)
Area199,745 ha (493,580 acres)
Managing authoritiesNational Parks & Wildlife Service
WebsiteMorton National Park
See alsoProtected areas of
New South Wales

Location and features edit

The most notable attractions are the Fitzroy Falls that are located adjacent to the main road linking the Southern Highlands with the upper South Coast and lower Illawarra regions, via Kangaroo Valley; and the Pigeon House Mountain that is located west of Milton. The National Parks & Wildlife Service–managed park consists mostly of a flat plateau dissected by steep gorges, tilting gently to the northeast. The boundaries of the park extend from Bundanoon south to the west of Ulladulla and the park contains part of the Budawang Range. To the south of the park is the adjacent Budawang National Park.[2] In the north section of the park, the Fitzroy Falls and the Belmore Falls plunge off the plateaux into rainforest gullies.[3] The Shoalhaven River flows in the north and northwest sections of the park. In the east is Mount Tianjara, with an elevation of 768 metres (2,520 ft) above sea level.

History edit

The Morton National Park was opened in 1938 and was named after Mark Morton, a state legislative assembly member, who passionately advocated for its establishment.[4] It is estimated to have been inhabited by the aboriginal people almost 20,000 years ago. The Yuin people attach great significance to the park and its surrounding areas along with the Didthul mountain, which is a part of the aboriginal mythology.[5]

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ "Visitor Guide: South Coast highlights". National Parks & Wildlife Service (PDF). Government of New South Wales. p. 61. Retrieved 17 May 2014.
  2. ^ "Map of Morton National Park, NSW". Bonzle Digital Atlas of Australia. Retrieved 17 May 2014.
  3. ^ "Tourist Information & Tourism Activities". Kangaroo Valley Shoalhaven South Coast NSW. Retrieved 13 January 2010.
  4. ^ "Morton National Park". Encyclopaedia Britannica.
  5. ^ "Rich Aboriginal history". NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service.

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