This beautiful waterway was created in 1926 by a dam built to provide water to the Kandos Cement Works. It is surrounded by many beautiful pagoda-shaped rock formations. Here you can take a number of short walks, picnic, camp, swim, fish (with a licence), canoe, or take a boat cruise.
–Main route: From Rylstone, head east on Fitzgerald Street (look for the signs to Wollemi National Park, turn off Ilford Road next to the Hospital). After 2 kilometres head left at the Y junction into Narrango Road. From Kandos, take Dabee Road to the intersection with Glen Alice Road. Continue straight across on unsealed Brown’s lane to Narrango Road, turn right.
Follow Narrango Road through the broad Cudgegong valley to the village of Olinda (15 kms). At Olinda continue straight ahead on Mt Coricudgy Road (the continuation of Narrango Rd, becomes unsealed after a kilometre). Pass over the cattle grid and historic Bird’s Hut. At this point the road enters Wollemi National Park and through a narrow pass in the rocks (go slow and toot horn for safety). Continue on to the left hand turn off to Dunns Swamp (Ganguddy). Follow this track for 2 kms to the picnic ground and camping area. Basic facilities such as composting toilets, tables, and wood BBQs are provided. Take water, firewood, and food. Approximately 52 kms return, 20 kms unsealed.
–Additional option: At the Dunn’s Swamp turnoff continue straight ahead (east) for a further 12 kms (unsealed) to the Kelgoola Picnic Ground in Coricudgy State Forest. There are great views of more pagoda rock formations and Mt Coricudgy along the way. The picnic area is on the headwaters of the Cudgegong River at the base of Mt Coricudgy. No facilities, take water, firewood, food. Please close any gates and leave as you found them. Return via the same road.