Practicalities

Entry Permits

Entry permits can be purchased on arrival at all National Parks. Single entry permits are RM10 per adult, RM5 for seniors, disabled people and students; children are free. Group discounts apply for 5 or more people.

There are also multiple entry passes (1 and 3 month periods) as well as a discount pass for 5 visits. For full fee schedule, guide hire costs and multi-visit passes contact the Visitor information Centre in Kuching (ph 082 248 088).

Getting There & Back

Gunung Gading National Park is located about 2 hours drive west of Kuching, near the town of Lundu. On weekends the trip may take longer because the ferry across the Sungai Lundu causes a bit of a bottleneck (a bridge is being built, but at the time of writing its completion date is uncertain).

Bus At the time of writing, taking public transport to Gunung Gading National Park is possible, but unfortunately not very easy or convenient. Sarawak Transport Company (STC) runs express busses to Lundu, which leave from the express bus terminal at 3rd mile. Catch STC Bus No. EP07, which leaves at 8am, 11am, 2pm and 4pm. Connecting STC shuttle busses from the Brooke Dockyard in town leave for the express bus terminal 15 minutes earlier. Alternatively, it is approximately a RM15 taxi ride to the bus terminal.

From Lundu, catch the Lundu-Pandan bus (No 17C). You will need to ask to be dropped at the National Park turnoff (it is a 500m walk from the turnoff to the Park to the Park HQ). Bus 17C leaves hourly between 6am and 6:40pm – so you could find yourself in Lundu for up to an hour (and catching the 4pm express bus from Kuching may be cutting it a bit fine).

Alternatively, it is a 3-4 km walk from the bust stop in Lundu to the Park HQ – ask a local to point you in the right direction (also see directions under Hire Car below).

Taxi: Because of the distance form Kuching, Taxi is probably not a viable option, but you may be able to strike a deal. However, you would probably be better-off hiring a car or going through a travel agent.

Hire Car: Cars can be hired in Kuching starting from around RM 110 per day. From the city centre to Lundu, you can go:

  • via Matang (cross the bridge across the Sarawak River at the end of Jalan Satok, then take Jalan Matang / Jalan Kubah at the first major roundabout after the bridge); or
  • via the town of Bau (head south towards the airport and Serian along Jalan Rock or Jalan Palm, then turn west along Jalan Batu Kitang near the airport).

From Lundu, continue through town, parallel to the base of the mountain. Turn left near the large modern town council building. The turnoff to the National Park is a couple of kilometres along this road, down a narrow lane to the left. The turnoff is easy to miss, so keep an eye out for it.

Tour Companies Kuching-based tour companies can arrange for trips to Gunung Gading National Park. Check with the VIsitors’ Information Centre.

 

Accommodation

Accommodation catering to a range of budgets and levels of comfort is available at the National Park Headquarters. The accommodation at Gunung Gading is in very pleasant wooden buildings, and it is a quiet location away from the main road. Note: accommodation should be booked and paid for in advance at the Visitor Information Centre (ph 082 248 088).

Hostel: The hostel has 4 rooms, each with 4 beds; and shared bathroom and kitchen facilities. Cost is RM15 per person or RM40 for a room.

Chalets: There are two air-conditioned chalets, each with 3 bedrooms, sleeping up to a total of 6 people per chalet. Each chalet has 2 bathrooms and a kitchen stocked with cooking utensils (if they are locked away, see the Park staff. Cost is RM140 per chalet.

Camping: Camping is possible on a pretty grassed area near the creek behind the chalets, at a cost of RM5 per person. However, the area gets pretty wet when it rains (as does everywhere in Sarawak in a tropical downpour!).

 

Food & Drink

There is no canteen at Gunung Gading National Park, and it is a reasonable walk into Lundu (where there are a number of good coffe-shops, seafood restaurants and food stalls).

That being the case, unless you have a car, you will need to take your food with you. (There are a number of generalgrocery shops in Lundu selling all the basics.)

Cooking facilities are provided in the accommodation, although you may need to get a key from the office, and sign for all the equipment/utensils you use.

 

Miscellaneous

Information Centre – The Park HQ has an excellent information centre shaped like a traditional Bidayuh “skull house”. It has lots of interesting information and photos about the park, the flora and fauna, and a special section on Rafflesias.

Telephones – There are no public telephones at Gunung Gading, although one has been requested. Park staff may be able to let you use the HQ phone to call a cab or for emergencies.

Swimming – Apart from the waterfalls described in the Waterfalls Trail, there is a small natural swimming-pool behind the Park HQ, which has been created by damming a small creek flowing out of the rainforest. It is a pretty spot, and a there are a couple of pondoks (shelters) providing shade and picinic tables. There is no lifeguard.