Coffs Harbour national parks and parks

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    THERE ARE SOME BREATHTAKING VIEWS AT THE SKYWALK IN NEARBY DORRIGO NATIONAL PARK: Photo - Hamilton Lund, courtesy Destination New South Wales
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    BONGIL BONGIL NATIONAL PARK FEATURES UNSPOILT BEACHES, RAINFOREST, WETLANDS, SAND DUNES AND MUCH MORE: Photo - Rob Cleary, courtesy Coffs Coast Marketing
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    YOU CAN GET SOME NICE VIEWS OF COFFS HARBOUR FROM BRUXNER PARK: Photo courtesy Coffs Coast Marketing
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National parks, reserves, parksCoffs Harbour national parks and parks

Bindarri National Park

The headwaters of the Urumbilum River offer spectacular waterfalls in a remote and rugged setting. Pockets of old-growth forest are scattered across the plateau and rainforest protects the steeper slopes.

Here you can enjoy a picnic or take a swim in the crystal-clear Urumbilum River at Bindarray Picnic Area. A short walk from the Bangalore picnic area, through the rainforest, will bring you to the beautiful Bangalore Falls. Keen walkers are encouraged to walk to Tuckers Knob or explore the more remote waterfalls on the Urumbilum River.

Activities

The park is an great place for bushwalking (hiking) and swimming.

Camping

There no camping available in the park.

Location

20 km west of Coffs Harbour.


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Bongil Bongil National Park

Unspoilt beaches, sweeping coastal vistas, wetlands, littoral rainforest and pristine estuaries await you in this park. You can go bushwalking, picnicking or boating, and the peaceful estuaries are the perfect place to paddle your own canoe and experience up close the abundant bird life that the park protects. The beautiful beaches are important nesting grounds for a variety of wading birds and terns.

Activities

The park is an great place for bushwalking (hiking), canoeing, fishing, mountain biking surfing and swimming.

Camping

There no camping available in the park. There is private run accommodation at Tuckers Rocks Cottage.

Location

10 km from Coffs Harbour.


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Dorrigo National Park

Dorrigo National Park is one of Australia's most accessible World Heritage rainforests, and provides all visitors with an opportunity to experience and appreciate this unique environment.

Included in the World Heritage List in 1986, as part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia, Dorrigo National Park is recognised as an area of exceptional natural beauty with significant habitats of outstanding universal value to science and conservation.

This stunning World Heritage area is renowned for its boardwalks that take you onto the edge of the Great Escarpment to view the amazing rainforests. Here you can also visit the Dorrigo Rainforest Centre and Canopy Cafe, or try the waterfall tracks or even have a picnic with the brush turkeys at The Glade.

Activities

The park is an excellent place for bushwalking (hiking), car touring and has some breathtaking lookouts.

Camping

Bush camping is allowed in the remote areas of the park. There are no camping grounds in the park.

Location

Approximately 38 km from Coffs Harbour.

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Ulidarra National Park

Near Coffs Harbour and adjoining Bruxner Park Flora Reserve, Ulidarra's old-growth coastal eucalypt forest provides habitats for a diverse range of fauna, including koalas, masked owls, wompoo pigeons and little bent-wing bats.

The drive through the park from Bruxner Park to Karangi offers lovely views, and you're sure to find a cool spot for a picnic beside Bucca Bucca Creek on Shelter Road.

Activities

Car touring

Camping

There are no camping grounds in the park.

Location

5 km north of Coffs Harbour.


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Bruxner Park Flora Reserve

This is one of the most popular reserves in the area and is just 10 minutes west from Coffs city centre. This Flora Reserve consists of 407ha of dense rainforest and eucalypt forest and offers a range of facilities and activities including bushwalking, picnic areas and scenic lookouts.

Activities

The reserve is great for car touring, bush walking (hiking), bird watching and has some nice scenic lookouts.

Camping

There are no camping grounds in the park.

Location

5 km north of Coffs Harbour.


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Moonee Beach Nature Reserve

Located in two sections north of Coffs Harbour, this reserve protects a precious remnant of natural coastline and pristine estuary. There are rare headland plants, coastal rainforests and magnificent views from the headland walking tracks. Look-At-Me-Now Headland is highly significant to local Aboriginal people.

Headland walks start from the township of Emerald Beach and there's a sealed road to the car park at Look-At-Me-Now Headland. The reserve's scenic headlands and undeveloped surf beaches are popular for fishing, snorkelling and scuba diving.

Activities

The reserve is good for bush walking (hiking), swimming, surfing, snorkelling and diving.

Camping

There are no camping grounds in the park.

Location

20 km from Coffs Harbour.


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Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve

Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve provides a up-close glimpse of the life cycle of one of Australia's most interesting migratory birds. Wedge-tailed shearwaters, commonly known as muttonbirds, are one of the eight shearwater species found in New South Wales and this is the most significant muttonbird site in the state.

Muttonbirds travel thousands of kilometres from South-east Asia, returning from their annual northerly migration each August. Some settle at Muttonbird Island, others in the Lord Howe Island group and elsewhere on Australia's east coast. By mid-November, the courtship period is over and birds have paired and mating begins. Thousands of birds travel here to breed each year and visitors staying at, or passing through, Coffs Harbour will find an hour or so on the walking track that winds between their fragile burrows a fascinating experience.

Activities

The reserve is great for bush walking (hiking) and sight seeing.

Camping

There are no camping grounds in the park.

Location

Located in Coffs Harbour, at the eastern end of northern breakwall. A 500 metre walk along the breakwater gives access to Muttonbird Island.


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