The Gunung Gading National park, gazette in 1983, covers an area of approximately 4,106 hectares in the Lundu area, north-east of Kuching, Sarawak.
It features a complex of mountains rising into several peaks, the highest being Gunung Gading, (906m) from which the the park derived its name. Numerous waterfalls tumble down in series in the upper reaches of the Lundu River creating an idyllic jungle setting, in the cool shade of the rain forest.
FLORA & FAUNA
The area abounds with numerous rare plants, the most notable being the Rafflesia tuanmudae (bunga pakma). This magnificent flower, reputed to be the world’s largest, when in full bloom! There is no specific flowering season and once in bloom it only lasts a few days.
PLANNING AN ITINERARY
The park is ideal for day trips but visitors may even find its tranquil setting irresistible enough for overnight stays. Call the National Parks office in Kuching and find out if the Rafflesia is in bloom and follow the guided walk through the Rafflesia site. Extreme care must be taken during such walks in order to protect the precious blooms and it may be necessary to keep your excitement under control! You may, however, give way to your excitement at the cascading waterfalls and rippling streams. Swim to your heart’s content in the cool clear waters and then laze a while on the shady fern covered banks. The scenic beaches at nearby Siar and Pandan are great for swimming and leisurely picnics. So make it a point to include it in your itinerary when you’re in these parts.
There are two chalets, each with three bedrooms that can take in up to six people. There is also a hostel with four rooms, each having four bunk-beds. Campsites are provided, but visitors need to bring their own camping gear. There is 24-hour electricity supply. Accommodation is also available in Lundu, Pandan and Siar. There is no canteen in the park so pack some food or go to restaurants in Lundu town.
The Gunung Gading National Park is located near the small town of Lundu in southwest Sarawak, about two hours drive from Kuching. From the Brooke Dockyard (Gambier Street) bus station, take the Sarawak Transport Company bus to the 3rd Mile Bus Terminal. From there, take the express bus to Lundu, the journey takes approximately one and a half hours. From Lundu take a van or taxi and ask to be dropped off at the park office. Additionally, Kuching tour operators offer guided tours to the park.