Is it Megalong or Megalong Valley?
The Aboriginal word Megalong means The valley beneath the cliffs. Despite what the road sign at Blackheath says, the name is simply Megalong.
Megalong is a valley beneath Blackheath in the Blue Mountains, NSW Australia.
Attention to this beautiful part of Australia has recently been achieved through the documentary about the Carlon family, their place “Packsaddlers” and NSW National Parks and Wildlife. It’s a moving documentary with real people, real heartache and happiness. You’ll laugh and cry in the space of minutes in the beautifully titled “The Man From Cox’s river”. Look out for the DVD being released soon.
To visit Megalong, turn left over the railway line at Blackheath (coming from Sydney) and immediately left again, backtracking along the rail line. Follow the signs.
It is an easy drive along a narrow winding tarred road until you reach the valley floor. There are places to stop along the way but please don’t stop on the road. You might feel a million miles away from civilisation, but there are a lot of people who live in the valley, there are many tourists visiting the area and it is quite a busy road.
You’ll be amazed at some of the walking tracks. Micro rainforests to enjoy. Sounds. Smells, wildlife. Simply amazing.
Much of the valley is privately owned farm land. Please be respectful of private land when visiting Megalong. You can gain a great perspective of Megalong and the Adjoining Kanimbla Valley by visiting Hargraves Lookout on the Shipley Plateau. Follow the signs from Blackheath before you take the Megalong turn off. Click here for a short video IMG_4543
You can drive most of it yourself, or call Detour Adventures. I’d love to have you along and share a story or two about this beautiful place. Cheers, Ian