Pigeon House Mountain is a distinctive peak located in Morton National Park, in the south coast of NSW. From the top of the mountain there are breathtaking panoramic views of the Budawang Ranges and on a clear day, the coastline from Jervis Bay to Bermagui can also be seen.
On the 21st of April, 1770, Captain James Cook, whilst exploring the east coast, described this mountain as “a remarkable peaked hill which resembles a square dove house with a dome on top and for that reason I named it Pigeon House”.
The mountain has a dual name in recognition of its significance to Aboriginal people. ‘Didthul’ is the place name given to the mountain by the local Aboriginal people of the south coast.
Directions to get to the start of Pigeon House Mountain walk
Pigeon House Mountain is accessible by car, about a 40 minute drive from Milton, the closest town. The turn to Clyde Ridge Rd to Pigeon House car park is a 13km drive (approximately 30 minutes) on unsealed road. The unsealed road is negotiable by 2WD cars in dry weather, however it can become boggy in rain.
There are drop toilet facilities at Pigeon House parking.
There are currently no public transport options available.
Pigeon House Mountain walking track notes
Begin at the steep track from the car park. For the first kilometer the track climbs over 200m on a dirt path, hiking up stairs and climbing over some boulders, before reaching a rocky outcrop with good views on the east.
Start of the Pigeon House Mountain track
Climbing over boulders along the Pigeon House Mountain hike
First set of views from the rocky outcrop
The track flattens out over the next kilometer, walking through heathland. Continue on the hike, walking up formed steps, before reaching a set of metal ladders. The route from here is a series of ladders, stairs and platforms.
First set of stairs
Be careful climbing the ladders as there is a risk of slips and falls. For safety measures, always face ladders and use both hands when climbing or descending.
There is a sheltered cave close to the summit, which is a good lunch spot during windy and rainy days.
Continue the walk up to reach the Pigeon House Mountain summit plateau and towards the left is the summit proper marked by an old trig station.
Views from Pigeon House Mountain summit
When ready, return on the same path to go back to the car park.