Budawang National Park is named after Mount Budawang. The mountain itself derives from the Aboriginal word ‘Buddawong’. The vantage point afforded by the mountain was originally used to make signal fires.
The Budawang National Park is largely isolated. Its terrain is steep and rugged. The park comprises high-altitude moist forests.
The middle and high slopes of the hills in the park are covered in cool temperate rainforest. In the lower altitudes, which are drained by small rivers and streams, the dominant vegetation is dry rainforest trees and ironwood.