Explore Taree's National Parks
Last updated October 19, 2023
The park conserves rare coastal rainforest and wetlands but also boasts two beautiful swimming beaches (Saltwater and Wallabi), a spectacular headland for whale watching and dolphin spotting and a sheltered saltwater lagoon. Ideal for bushwalking and a shady picnic adjacent to the beach, with a BBQ and toilets. The park is also a place of cultural and spiritual significance to the local Biripi community and features interpretive displays throughout the area.
The park protects a pristine curve of coastline at the northern tip of the Barrington Coast and offers startlingly beautiful ocean and mountain views, towering rock formations, an abundance of wildflowers and wildlife and pristine, private beaches.
A spectacular section of the Great Eastern Escarpment, high up in the mountains northwest of Wingham. Wander through the park’s subtropical rainforest and old growth eucalypt trees with its richly diverse flora and fauna habitat, which dingoes and other native species call home. The nearby village of Elands is the perfect spot to pick up supplies for your outdoor adventures.
- Scenic lookouts such as Rowley’s Rock provide astounding panoramic views out across Taree and the ocean beyond.
- Mountain Brush circuit offers an easy stroll through the rainforest and the Potoroo Falls walk is a fun amble and rock hop along Little Run Creek down to the spectacular falls and tranquil waterhole, perfect for a refreshing dip. There is a picnic area well-equipped with sheltered tables, BBQs and toilets.
One of the state’s most popular national parks and famed wetlands nearby to the delightful seaside village of Seal Rocks. The park features a network of waterways including Smiths, Wallis and Myall Lakes – the largest natural fresh-brackish water system on the NSW coast covering 10,000 hectares.
- There are a number of wonderful bushwalks throughout the park, including the Mungo Rainforest Walking Track, Neranie Headland Walking Track, Sugarloaf Point Lighthouse Walk, Submarine Beach and Treachery Headland Track – see directions
- Yagon – nestled behind the dunes in the northern reaches of the park, Yagon campground is the perfect spot for campers who love the sound of the ocean and the feel of sand beneath their feet.
- Grandis picnic area - home to the tallest known tree in NSW. “The Grandis” is 400-year-old and 76.2m high set among the lush coastal forests on the western edge of the national park, north of Bulahdela.
Booti Booti National Park
The park covers 1,566 hectares of scenic headlands, stunning beaches, towering rainforest and 11km of estuarine foreshore right next to Forster.
- Stunning views of the region from Cape Hawke lookout.
- Wonderful walks all along the 8km peninsular between the Pacific Ocean and stunning Wallis Lake.
- Expansive and secluded beaches.
Barrington Tops is the highest point of the Barrington Coast (rising from near sea level to over 1500m) and offers a 125,000-hectare sanctuary of ancient forests, wildlife, waterfalls and lookouts, with a dusting of snow in the wintertime. The National Park is part of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area, where volcanic flows shaped this wilderness wonderland millions of years ago.
The park has an excellent bushwalking track network which range from short, easy routes to longer, challenging and overnight hikes, with plenty of sites to set up a bush camp for the evening. There are also a number of operators offering guided and self-guided tours for kayaking, canoeing, abseiling, fishing and mountain biking enthusiasts. Highlights of the park include:
- Gloucester Tops Circuit - one of the most magnificent and diverse walks in the park. In just over 8km you will have a birds-eye view of the beautiful Gloucester Falls plunging to the valley below, wander beside the river through spectacular sub-alpine woodland, and then feel the temperature drop as you enter the prehistoric Antarctic Beech Forest, with the canopy towering high above you.
- There is an extraordinarily diverse array of wildlife to be spotted in the park; from kangaroos and wallabies on its grassy flats to platypus in the rivers, koalas and possums hidden in the dense woods and brush turkey and lyrebirds in the rainforest. Enjoy a picnic at of the park’s many scenic spots, including Gloucester Falls, Honeysuckle, Jerusalem Creek or Polblue Falls and keep an eye out for some new fury friends.
- At the foothills of Barrington Tops you will find Chichester State Forest, a stunning spot on the Allyn River with dog-friendly camping sites and trout fishing paradise (between October and June). Enjoy a refreshing dip in Ladies Well on a warm day, or hike and picnic at nearby Mount Royal National Park.
- At the end of a memorable adventure, the nearby historic towns of Dungog and Gloucester will welcome you with warm, country hospitality.
One of the most accessible, awe-inspiring panoramic views on the east coast of Australia! The summit provides an expansive vista across the magnificent Camden Haven Inlet (with the Camden Haven River winding between Queens and Watson Taylors Lakes) and extending to Crowdy Head in the south and Mount Yarrahappini in the north. The open lawn area is the perfect picnic spot and there are many hiking trails and walks suiting all fitness levels, including the challenging Laurieton Track. The mountain is also paradise for paragliders and hang gliders, who just offer another feature to the spectacular view.