Explore Tenterfield's National Parks
Last updated October 19, 2023
Just on outskirts of Tenterfield you will find a trio of uniquely spectacular National Parks!
- Bald Rock National Park – The largest exposed granite monolith in the southern hemisphere. Make your way to the top via the rock-face for a memorable challenge or meander along the Bungoona Walk track. The 360° views from the summit are absolutely worth it! Also home to an abundance of wildlife, including the rare and adorable spotted tailed quoll. Map: Bald-Rock-National-Park-Map.pdf
- Basket Swamp National Park – Pack a picnic and head to Basket Swamp Falls, Woollool Woolloolni Aboriginal Place and Timbarra Trig Lookout. This waterlogged 200ha park of heath and native grasses cleans, stores and slowly releases water into local creeks and the Clarence River. Map: Basket-Swamp-National-Park-Map.pdf
- Boonoo Boonoo National Park – Flowing creeks and secluded sparkling rockpools perfect for swimming, dramatic gorges, cascading falls and a carpet of springtime wildflowers. Check out the scenic picnic area Morgan’s Gully, the site of an abandoned 1890’s goldfield. Map: Boonoo-Boonoo-National-Park-Map.pdf
A little further afield
Girraween National Park - 30min drive from Tenterfield
Located in QLD, adjoining the Bald Rock National Park, Girraween is a naturalist’s paradise. The park is renowned for its majestic granite monoliths and offers 30kms of walking and mountain bike tracks that wind through eucalypt woodlands, past granite outcrops, balancing boulders and spring flowers and alongside inviting watering holes. Girraween is home to over 750 plant species, 150 bird species and more than 90 mammal, frog and reptile species, so you are absolutely guaranteed a close encounter with nature. The Girraween Visitor Centre is the perfect starting point to discover the highlights, trails and camping options within the park.
Washpool National Park – 1hr 30min drive from Tenterfield
Washpool is part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area and offers unforgettable wilderness walks ranging from half an hour to several days through ancient landscapes. A place of deep gorges, clear waters and some of the most varied and least-disturbed forest in NSW, including the world’s largest stand of coachwood trees.
Koreelah National Park – 1hr 30min drive from Tenterfield
Discover many walking trails weave through pockets of World Heritage listed rainforest below Acacia Plateau and Mt Wilson. Discover the grassy area in the valley beside Koreelah Creek, a perfect post-swim picnic or camping spot. The park is teeming with wildlife, keep an eye out for platypus and the endangered double-eyed fig parrot, eastern bristle bird or black-striped wallaby.
Tooloom National Park – 2hrs drive from Tenterfield
Protects a lush, cool landscape of subtropical rainforest known as Tooloom Scrub, which is part of Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area. The park also includes important sections of red and flooded gum. Tooloom lies within the traditional land of the Githabul Aboriginal people and provides habitat for the most diverse kangaroo and wallaby population in Australia. The falls and lookout are must-sees.
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