Pigeon House Mountain / Budawangs - Morton National Park.
Pigeon House Mountain (Aboriginal: Didthul) is a Sandstone Strcuture at an elevation of 720 metres (2,360 ft) on the Budawang Range that is situated within the Morton National Park, located on the South Coast region of New South Wales, Australia, West of Milton and Ulladulla.
The remnants of a two tier sandstone structure, the nearest town is Milton, Pigeon House Mountain is a popular walking destination, taking an average of three to four hours for a complete ascent and descent from the car park. you might even be lucky to spot eastern grey kangaroos and lyrebirds on your adventure.
The mountain was named by Captain James Cook during his voyage along Australia's eastern coast in 1770. The Aboriginal name for the mountain is Didthul (or Didhol which means "woman's breast" on account of the distinctive shape of the mountains peak.
Pigeon House Mountain (Didthul) walking track is one of the best walks in Morton National Park and on NSW'S south Coast, The walk is in the southern section of the park and is pretty steep in parts, but the views make it worthwhile. You’ll hike through forest and age-old sandstone before coming to the best part – a series of fun ladders that lead you to the summit and the view. Take in the sight of cliffs, high ridge lines and gorges in the Budawang Wilderness, all carved by the Clyde River. On clear days, you may be able to see as far as Jervis Bay and Bermagui.
Track Notes -
After Arriving at Milton, if driving from Sydney Take a Right at the famous Milton Bakery and Follow the Blue Signs to Pigeon House Mountain (this will take you along Croobyar Road, Woodstock Road and Yadboro Road). The walk begins in the picnic area off Yadboro Road. (National Park Sign Posted)
The Track is a 5km Return Ascent / Decent -
Once at the picnic area/ Track head you have a fairly large parking area, a drop toilet for your convience and adjacent to that a undercover seated area. About 100m from the facility is the track head and park information sign, From here its UP AND UP. The track is well worn so there is no issue of losing it and disappearing into the Budawangs. From the start its a fairly rapid rise negotiating your way around tree roots and a track that been worn mostly from rain runoff.
After the initial Huff n Puff you will reach a little Saddle Section between the two sandstone structures, so its pretty chilled here for a bit until you arrive at a final short rise then the STEEL Ladders. The ladders are actually more fun than the climb through the bush. They are quite steep so you will need to take your time and climb up and down facing them. Once completed them its a short walk to Pigeon House Mountain (Didthul) Summit -
Once marvelled at the 360 degree view into the Budawang landscape and out to the east RE TRACE your steps back to the Picnic Ground.....
Info at the Track head -
Info at the Track Head -
The Well constructed Ladder System to the Summit -
The Well Constructed Ladder System to the Summit -
Wind Swept Cave -
One lane Bridge Sign for Safety -
Pigeon House Mountain Summit Looking South East -
Pigeon House Mountain Summit Geo Mapping of Australian Data Point -
Pigeon House Mountain Summit looking into the Budawangs Wilderness -
Indigo Photography -