Boonoo Boonoo National Park
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.
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
- NSWNPWS 1300 361 967
- NPWS Tenterfield (02) 6736 4298
Tenterﬁeld (02) 6736 1082