Pigeon House Mountain Didthul is a day hike that has it all. The reward far outweighs the short distance (5km return hike) – epic views of the ocean, gorges and wild wilderness. Right near the town of Milton, it’s a wonderfully different way to explore this beautiful part of the NSW South Coast.
FROM THE BEACH TO THE MOUNTAIN
If you’re holidaying anywhere near Mollymook, Ulladulla, Lake Conjola or Sussex Inlet, Pigeon House Mountain Didthul is an easy day trip away. Or, it’s just three hrs south of Sydney and super close to some awesome NSW parks camping and accommodation.
Getting there is easy. From Milton (this is where you’ll return for the coffee – check out Pilgrims Cafe), turn off the Princes Highway, following signs marked ‘Pigeon House’. Drive along Croobyar Road, Woodstock Road and Yadboro Road, and arrive at a picnic area just off Yadboro Road. This is where you can park, visit the pit toilet and start your walk. From Milton to the picnic area is a 45-minute drive.
Ranger’s Tip: The road may become boggy in wet conditions so make sure you check the weather before setting off. If there is rain forecast the roads are not suitable for 2WD vehicles.
BE PREPARED FOR A VERY STEEP WALK!
The hike is pretty intense (Grade 4), with steep inclines and ladders to reach the summit, the perfect hike for people with a good fitness level and a sense of adventure. Suitable for kids eight and above. It starts by meandering through heathland and forest before reaching the fun part – a ladder climb to the summit! Okay, I’m not going to lie – parts of the walk are steep, make sure to give your calves a good stretch before setting off. After you catch your breath, I promise you’ll be smiling ear to ear when you get to the top!
Allow between 2.5 – 3.5 hours return depending on your fitness ability, with an additional half hour thrown in for a picnic lunch at the top – definitely worth it. You’ll need sturdy shoes (joggers are fine) and plenty of drinking water (there aren’t any facilities along the way). The track is a Grade 4 meaning some rough terrain and steep sections, suitable for walkers with basic bushwalking experience and a moderate level of fitness. It’s best to enjoy this walk on a fine day as the ladders can become slippery in wet weather and views are much better void of clouds.
STUNNING WILDLIFE AND CULTURE
You’ll be walking through a declared wilderness area, which is awesome as you may catch a glimpse of some wildlife such as black cockatoos, one of the 176 bird species in the area. Didthul has significant cultural value for Aboriginal people. It’s crucial we all respect this by keeping to formed walking tracks and leaving no trace.
Walking Pigeon House Mountain Didthul will leave you feeling great. From start to finish you will have a good adventure tale to tell when you get back to the beach to soothe your hiking legs. Do it!
P.S. If steep walks aren’t so much your thing, check out other nearby day-walk options such as Little Forest walking track.