Boonoo Boonoo National Park

Barbecue Campfire Caravan Park entry fee Swimming Toilets Wildflowers Wildlife Camping area Lookout Picnic area Ranger Walking
Boonoo Boonoo National Park, Ian Beattie / Auscape International

Introduction

The highlight of this national park in the state’s north-eastern tablelands is the spectacular Boonoo Boonoo Falls. The Boonoo Boonoo River meanders through high country studded with granite domes and boulders before tumbling 210 metres from the plateau into a lush rainforest valley. The park name is said to be derived from the language of the Juckambal people and means ‘big rock’.

The park protects a range of environments, mostly open forest but also heath, woodland, swamp and river habitats, and in spring banksias, fragrant boronia, grevillea and other wildflowers bloom profusely. During the day you may see kangaroos and small wallaroos sleeping on the boulder-strewn slopes. Brush-tailed rock-wallabies are especially sure-footed on the rocky ground, and this is the northernmost limit of the common wombat. Birdlife includes the threatened glossy black-cockatoo, as well as spinebills, honeyeaters, crimson rosellas, the laughing kookaburra and spotted pardalote.

Boonoo Boonoo Falls Walking Track (300 metres, 30 minutes, easy) is a stroll on a sealed path to a falls lookout. The area is a popular spot for picnickers, with gas and wood barbecues (firewood supplied) and toilets. Another walking area, although there are no clear tracks, is around Morgans Gully. A short but intense period of alluvial goldmining in the late 1800s and early 1900s has left old relics, such as a hand-dug water race. Serious, well-equipped hikers can tackle Mount Prentice Walk (8 km, 8 hours, hard), an ambitious full-day trek with rock hopping and a steep ascent, rewarded by a sweeping 360-degree view from the summit. Swimming is possible in summer.

Fact file

Camping

There are 2 camping areas; fees apply

Location and access

740 km north-east of Sydney; 24 km north-east of Tenterfield via Mt Lindesay Hwy then Woodenbong Rd

Park information

  • NSWNPWS 1300 361 967
  • NPWS Tenterfield (02) 6736 4298

Size

4377 ha

Visitor information

Tenterfield (02) 6736 1082

www.tenterfieldtourism.com

Campsites

Cypress Pine camping area

The national park is 24 km north-east of Tenterfield via Mt Lindesay and Woodenbong rds. Cypress Pine camping area is on the main park access road. There are several walks to do in the region – if you’re... Find out more


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