1. Bellinger River National Park is an untouched wilderness of steep slopes and valleys filled with waterfalls. Bellinger River National Park is a place where time seems to stand still. If you’re ready for adventure you can explore the unspoiled old-growth forests and rainforests of this unique park.
69 bird species have been recorded in the park, many of which are dependent on the rainforest. You might see forest birds such as lyrebirds, brush turkeys, satin and regent bowerbirds, king parrots, crimson rosellas, currawongs and honeyeaters.
The park’s mammals include: eastern grey kangaroos, koalas, quolls, long-nosed bandicoots, parma and swamp wallabies, red-necked pademelons and several possum species.
2. Bindarri National Park offers many spectacular waterfalls in a remote and rocky location. Bunch of growth forest are found on the plateau, while rainforest protects the steeper slopes.
A walk to Tuckers Nob, in the south of the park, is full of magnificent views over a deep, rainforest basin, the Great Escarpment and the coast. Backpacking camping is possible but there are no camping areas or amenities available.
3. Bongil Bongil National Park is located around 10km south of Coffs Harbour, has plenty to offer, including wild beaches, sweeping coastal views and amazing rainforest.
The park is popular spot of fishing. Picnic and barbecue facilities are available nearby and there are opportunities for both beach and rainforest walking. The park is also a favorite for mountain bike adventures.
The rainforest of Bongil Bongil National Park provides habitat for migrating birds and animals, and surrounding eucalypt forests are home to one of NSW’s largest koala populations. You might see them sleeping in the treetops or munching on leaves.
4. Cascade National Park is a beautiful subtropical and warm temperate rainforest. It’s important habitat to many upland frogs, including giant barred frog, stuttering frog and pouched frog. Box Ridge track follows part of an old timber tramway in one corner of the park.
5. Coffs Coast Regional Park was created in 2003. This park has 16 miles of costal dune systems, rainforests, heathlands, headlands, coastal lakes and parklands offers plenty of opportunity for beach-based recreation.
The developing Solitary Islands Coastal Walk explores a string of beaches, estuaries and headlands and takes in scenery including the Solitary Islands and the Coffs hinterland. There are plenty of picnic areas and opportunities for water sports, and you’ll find all standards of accommodation in the surrounding towns.
6. Dorrigo National Park provides everyone the opportunity to experience the unique rainforest environment.
Dorrigo Rainforest Centre introduces visitors to the lush and beautiful subtropical rainforest of this World Heritage area. Venture onto Skywalk for a spectacular bird’s eye view over the rainforest canopy or walk among the vines, ferns and soaring trunks to sparkling waterfalls. The Visitor Centre is open 9:00am to 4:30pm every day and includes an information desk, National Parks Shop, a display on rainforest and the Canopy Café.
The subtropical rainforest can be seen at its best on the 2.5 hour Wonga Walk, which starts and ends at the Rainforest Centre or The Glade picnic area; where you can lunch and even view the beautiful waterfalls. Through glades you can walk with the wildlife. There is also the Lyrebird Link Track and the Satinbird Stroll (600 metre circuit). There are four other walks around the Never Never Picnic Area, 10 kilometres from the Rainforest Centre.
7. Hayden Dent Nature Reserve
8. Junuy Juluum National Park is warm temperate rainforest on the slopes of Mt Campion provides a refuge for paradise riflebirds and sooty owls and a scenic backdrop to the town of Dorrigo.
Lower Bielsdown Road is a lovely drive skirting the northern boundary of the park. If you’re an experienced walker, you’ll enjoy a day walk to the pinnacle of Mt Campion.
9. Moonee Beach Nature Reserve has a “Look At Me Now” Headland which is an important site in a creation myth belonging to local Aboriginal people. Barrier free walking tracks pass through a rare grass and heath plant community and provide views over the reserve and Moonee Creek estuary is a great whale watching vantage.
10. Nymboi-Binderay National Park of forested ridges surrounds the plunging granite cliffs of the Nymboida River gorge, famed for its white water rapids. Commercial whitewater rafting companies offer exciting tours. Moonpar Forest Drive gives access to Platypus Flat picnic and camping area on the river bank, and short walks to heritage sites and old-growth forest.
11. Solitary Islands Aquarium & Marine Park
12. South Solitary Island
13. Ulidarra National Park a drive through the park offers scenic views and old-growth coastal eucalypt forest. It is home to diverse native fauna, including koalas, masked owls, wompoo pigeons and little bent-wing bats.
14. Yuraygir National Park is located between Angourie and Brooms Head. 10km one way. Medium – some steeper sections and steps. From Mara Creek Picnic Area at the north end of the park, explore the rocky cliffs, coastal heath and sandy bays of Yuraygir National Park. The boardwalks, track and beaches promise treasures of coastal scenery, the zest of a sea breeze, and a host of native birds for bird watchers of all ages. You can carry your gear and camp overnight at Shelley Headland or Lake Arragan.