Corang Arch is a spectacular sandstone rock arch in the central Budawangs. It can be visited as part of a longish day walk, or alternatively, as an overnight walk camping in the vicinity of Canowie or Burrumbeet Brook.
Much of the walk is through the Budawangs Wilderness, so there are no signs or marked tracks. That said, a fair section of the track has been modified to reduce impacts.
The walk can be done most of the year, but is best avoided on hot days or in summer as it is quite exposed to the sun.
The walk starts at the Wog Wog Camping Area, on the western side of the park.
If coming from Sydney, Wog Wog can be reached from either Nowra, or from Marulan, about 20km NE of Goulburn, on the Hume Highway. Most people will find the route via Marulan quicker, unless you are in the southern suburbs of Sydney.
Heading SW from Marulan, take the turnoff to Bungonia State Conservation Area, just past the big petrol stations at Marulan. Continue through Bungonia, and follow signs first to Oallen, across the bridge there, and then right at the T-intersection on the Nerriga Rd, away from Nerriga. After 12.6km, turn left on to Charleys Forest Rd. After 4.9km turn left into the Wog Wog Camping Area.
Alternatively, from Nowra, follow signs to HMAS Albatross from just south of the town. Turn right on to Braidwood Rd after about 7km, which becomes Turpentine Rd and then Nerriga Rd, before passing through Nerriga. From Nerriga, continue on the Nerriga Rd for 16.7km before turning left on to Charleys Forest Rd, and then proceeding as above.
From 21 May 2011, last checked 21 May 2011
Day 1: Wog Wog to Burrumbeet Brook (12km, 270m ascent)
From the camping area, take the track leading east which winds down to Wog Wog Creek after 500m. Careful use of some slippery stepping stones, possibly with the aid of a stick, should avoid wet feet.
Continue up the other side on to an old 4wd track, which meanders through open forest, becoming a foot track. After an hour or so you start to reach conglomerate outcrops in the bush. A large one on the right hand side of the track is Tinderry Lookout, and can easily be climbed, with extensive views to the west.
The track continues to wander through more outcrops, and then down across an open swampy area up to a small clearing. Continue straight ahead here, as another track leads off to the left down to Goodsell Creek.
At the top of the next hill, the track squeezes between a couple more conglomerate outcrops, and the vegetation thickens as you reach the plateau. The next four kilometres are along the plateau, with occasional outcrops leading to cliffs where you can get views in various directions. From the narrow saddle before Korra Hill, much of the track to Corang Arch has been improved with sections of duckboard and logs, though there are also some muddy sections.
At a track junction in the saddle before Corang Peak, a track leads off to the right to a campsite at a small clearing. Continuing straight ahead, to where the track forks - the left fork climbing up and over the peak, and the right fork contouring around the base, and rejoining on the far side. Take the left fork - the right can be taken on the way back. While the top of Corang Peak is vegetated, there are excellent views from the slopes on either side, and also by standing on top of the cairn.
On the other side of Corang Peak, continue along the track as it heads north east, and then north. The spectacular Corang Arch can be found on the cliff edge on the western side of the plateau.
From Corang Arch, it is only a short distance to the end of the plateau. Make your way down the conglomerate slope to the north east, turn right at the bottom, and descend to Canowie Brook.
There are a couple of small campsites here, but if there is time, it is worthwhile continuing on to Burrumbeet Brook and the camp caves there. Cross Canowie Brook on the duckboards and climb through the saddle and then around and down to Burrumbeet Brook. Cross Burrumbeet Brook head upstream on the track for a little way. There are a number of camp caves on the right hand side, and camp sites to choose from. Fires are not allowed in the Burrumbeet Brook area, or at the Canowie Brook camp site, so bring a fuel stove.
Day 2: Burrumbeet Brook to Wog Wog (12km, 140m ascent)
The next day retrace your steps to Corang Arch and then back to where the track forks to pass over Corang Peak. For a change you can take the lower track. Once the tracks rejoin, the rest of the route is simply a case of reversing your route of the day before back to Wog Wog.
Time: 3 hrs; Distance: 6km; Fitness: E; Skill: E; Ascent: 490m
A steep but rewarding climb to this signature peak
Time: 10 hrs; Distance: 11km; Fitness: M; Skill: M; Ascent: 810m
A long and challenging climb to the summit of this cliff-ringed peak, with spectacular views
Time: 8 hrs; Distance: 20km; Fitness: M; Skill: M; Ascent: 440m
A challenging walk to one of the iconic peaks of the Budawangs