Monga is special

To stand beside the huge mossy trunk of a five hundred year old Pinkwood ... to look up through a latticework of Treeferns at a giant Brownbarrel... to hear the scream of a Sooty Owl through the mist... Anyone who has ever experienced any of these things will know that Monga is a special place. Special because of its forest, its fertile soils and its importance as a refuge from fire and drought.

Here, at home in the dense understorey and inhabiting the tree hollows, you'll find Tiger Quolls, Yellow-bellied Gliders, Bandicoots, Powerful Owls and five threatened species of tiny native bat.
And all this only 100 Kilometres from the Nation’s Capital.

See Brendan Mackey and others' 1999 Scientific Assessment of the Conservation Value of Monga and Buckenbowra State forests, NSW, Australia



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Monga is a living link with Gondwana. But we must look to the future. Who knows what remains to be discovered in this wonderful place.

As the days warm during spring, you might be lucky enough to glimpse, down by the fern-covered banks and crystal clear water of the Mongarlowe River, the vibrant crimson flower of the Monga Waratah. Monga is the major habitat for this rare and beautiful plant, which grows in association with the Gippsland Waratah. This is one of the only two places in Australia where they co-exist. Monga is an oasis for many threatened species of animals and plants. The invertebrate life is extraordinarily diverse and the stands of old growth are some of the most significant is southern NSW.

Monga/ Buckenbowra and climate change

A particular feature of Monga is the fall of plateau forest over the escarpment, and down into warmer, lower level country of Buckenbowra and its sub tropical rainforest gullies.. This is quite possibly a unique association of vegetation and climate zones, with an extraordinary temperature differential of six degrees Celsius. Given the increasingly reality of climate change, and consequent global warming, Monga will provide a continuous reserve system for animals and even plants to migrate and adapt to warmer conditions.

No More the Missing Link

Monga/Buckenbowra forms a natural corridor between Morton and Budawang National Parks in the north and Deua/Wadbilliga National Parks in the south, now a continuous protected corridor along the escarpment from the victorian border to Nowra.

Monga is now a National Park – safe from logging for woodchips. Damage done is now regenerating and National Parks and Wildlife Service are building facilities for picnic and camping areas as well as boardwalks on tracks through sensitive areas. You can get more information  from Braidwood Tourist Information Centre on 02 48421144 or online www.visitbraidwood.com.au
or National Parks, Braidwood on 02 48421426.

Monga Intacta

A recent publication called Monga intacta is now available. Robyn Stellar, recently deceased after a fatal horse riding accident, published this book as a celebration of the forest and its rescue. The book details the extraordinary fauna and flora, the significant Aboriginal heritage and early European settler history. This richly illustrated book has many beautiful photographs and artworks. It is in soft cover with 132 pages - 250mm(H) x 240mm(W) - ISBN 0 646 44203 1. There is a limited number of this book. For postal orders please send cheque payable to D&E Steller for $55.00 plus $10.00 postage per copy. Addressed to PO BOX 295, Braidwood. NSW 2622 or phone 02 48422001. Don?t forget to give your details with the cheque. In Braidwood you will find this book at the McLeod Gallery.


"What a joyous book. This is a brilliant celebration of both the beautiful Monga forest in southern New South Wales and the people who rescued it from the teeth of the chainsaws. Inspiring in every way!"
BOB BROWN


FMR working with National Parks

Monga National Park is a very special part of NPWS new estate. Accordingly, NPWS is spending $750,000 on road and culvert maintenance, boardwalks, walking trails and interpretative signage. FMR has been closely involved in preparation of the management plan. FMR argued for several roads i.e. Burma, Mc Carthy's and Lookout roads to be closed and turned into walking tracks. FMR also suggested routes for new walking tracks i.e. from the old pumping station on the Mongarlowe River to the head of the Corn Trail.FMR affirmed NPWS own views that camping should be low key with only a handful of sites at a couple of possible camping areas along with a day-use area beside the river.So far FMR has been happy with NPWS performance but will keep a close eye on developments.
Access is a big issue for some - currently vehicles cannot go beyond the Milo Road turn off on river Road. FMR aggrees with this and waits to see what happens further down the River Road now that the Turtle Fire Trail has been closed due to the wilderness declaration in Buckenbowra