Werrikimbe National Park

Werrikimbe National Park, Van Roon Jaime Plaza / Auscape International
Barbecue Bike riding Campfire Horse riding Toilets Wildflowers Camping area Four-wheel drive touring Picnic area Walking

Introduction

A wild and magnificent landscape of rainforests, pristine rivers, cascading waterfalls, rugged escarpment and deep gullies greets visitors to the remote, World Heritage-listed Werrikimbe National Park. Much of the extensive park, on the eastern escarpment of the Great Dividing Range, is a declared wilderness area. Its rich biodiversity supports 22 threatened plant species and at least 24 threatened species of animals.

Sprawling across a range of elevations, the vegetation includes cool-temperate and warm-temperate rainforest, fragments of subtropical rainforest, subalpine woodland, and patches of sedge and sphagnum moss and heathland (which flowers brilliantly in spring) on some higher reaches. Of special note are the ancient Antarctic beech trees. The wild Forbes and Hastings rivers have carved deep gorges on their descent to the coastal plain. Rolling hills sweep across the tableland, canyons gash the landscape and waterfalls spill over the escarpment.

At higher altitudes snow can fall in winter and there is heavy rainfall. The varied wildlife includes around 52 species of mammals, over 120 bird species and 48 species of reptiles and amphibians. Kangaroos are regularly seen around the Mooraback camping area.

Trails suitable for day walks leave from camping and picnic areas. Mooraback Walk Track leads through lovely snow gum woodlands and heathlands. The Carabeen Walk (1.5 km, easy) from Cobcroft Picnic Area passes temperate rainforest and towering moist eucalypt forest. There is the Brushy Mountain Loop Walk (2.9 km, easy) or, for the more energetic, the Scrub-bird Walk (9 km return, medium difficulty) to Spokes Lookout. For 4WD enthusiasts, the 20-kilometre stretch (dry-weather only, 2 hours) of Racecourse Trail cuts across the north of the park and into the adjoining Oxley Wild Rivers National Park. Horseriding is permitted on the National Bicentennial Trail.

Fact file

Camping

Mooraback; Plateau Beech; Brushy Mountain; all have wood-fired barbecues; bush camping permitted

Location and access

500 km north of Sydney; 90 km south-east of Walcha; 80 km north-west of Wauchope via Oxley Hwy, then Hastings Forest Way or Cockerawombeeba Rd (more suited to 4WD) – both routes include gravel roads; can be difficult in the wet

Park information

  • NSWNPWS 1300 361 967
  • NPWS Walcha (02) 6777 4700
  • NPWS Port Macquarie (02) 6582 3355

Size

33 309 ha

Visitor information

Walcha (02) 6774 2460

www.walchansw.com.au

Port Macquarie (02) 6581 8000

www.portmacquarieinfo.com.au

Campsites

Brushy Mountain camping area

In the eastern section of the park, Brushy Mountain camping area is accessed via unsealed Cockerawombeeba Rd or Hastings Forest Way. The former is 4WD only; the latter only suitable for caravans and 2WD vehicles in dry... Find out more


Mooraback camping area

Mooraback is in the west of the park, accessed by 2WD in dry weather via Mooraback Rd off Kangaroo Flat Rd from the Oxley Hwy. If you have a 4WD, you can access it via the Racecourse Trail from Brushy Mountain. There are... Find out more


Plateau Beech camping area

This campground is in the eastern section of the park on Plateau Beech Rd, 10 km south of Hastings Forest Way. Check with the parks office for road conditions before setting off, and note that the access roads... Find out more


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