Werrikimbe National Park
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.
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
- NSWNPWS 1300 361 967
- NPWS Walcha (02) 6777 4700
- NPWS Port Macquarie (02) 6582 3355
33 309 ha
Walcha (02) 6774 2460
Port Macquarie (02) 6581 8000
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