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4 reasons to visit Yalwal State Forest


Your thirst for adventure is sure to be quenched with a weekend down by the Danjera Dam.

You want ball tearing, rock hopping off-road action? No problem, just pop over to former Yalwal State Forest and hold onto your hat.

There’s a guaranteed good time to be had at this state forest – only half an hour from Nowra – especially if you indulge in a few of these activities.

1. Fishing


For the fishos, there are plenty of opportunities to be had; mainly because the dam is stocked with bass and rainbow trout.

This place has really carved itself a great reputation among freshwater fishermen, make sure you pack the fishing gear, have an adventurous spirit, and a bit of patience and you’ll have a blast.

2. 4WDing


Home to some of the most adventurous 4WD tracks around, this is the place that will either make or break you as a 4WDer.

The infamous Monkey Gum Track is the perfect test for most mildly-modified vehicle: even the angrier 4WDs have their hands full on some of the harder sections here.

For a tamer option, the Power Lines track is great to build up a bit of confidence and increase your skill levels before you hit the tougher stuff.

3. Camping


Rocky outcrops, thick vegetation and an undeniable sense of peace and serenity greet you upon arrival at camp, and it's easy to forget just how close you are to civilization.

At the main campsite you’ll find there are toilets available, fire pits are plentiful and you’re no more than a stone’s throw away from the water.

It’s pretty quiet mid-week, but expect camping space to be tight on weekends – this place fills up quickly!

4. Water activities

Water activities

With canoeing, kayaking and swimming just some of the water activities on offer, the best way to enjoy Yalwal State Forest is definitely down by the Danjera Dam.

Only electric motors, paddle or sail power are permitted on the dam - preserving the calm waters - while there are plenty of launching points and tiny beaches to take off from.

In the warmer months the water is perfect for cooling off in, and long-distance swimmers can enjoy swimming away from the dam further into the densely forested valley.

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