national parks, reserves + forests

North Brother Lookout

Sea Acres Rainforest Centre in Sea Acres National Park is set amongst rare subtropical rainforest. This NSW National Parks Information Centre also offers visitors inspiring nature based and cultural experiences along a 1.3 km elevated wheelchair and stroller friendly boardwalk. Take a tour with one of our volunteer Rainforest Guides or join a Birpai Aboriginal Guide for a cultural bush tucker experience.  Sea Acres offers a beautiful range of unique gifts, including Aboriginal Art, homewares, educational toys and books. Discover the Hello Koala sculpture trail and learn the importance of protecting our koalas.  Complete your day by relaxing on the deck of the Rainforest Café and enjoy a delicious lunch, morning or afternoon tea.  5km south of the CBD, the centre is open 9am to 4.30pm 7 days. For more information please phone the Rainforest Centre on 6582 3355.

Dooragan National Park on North Brother Mountain overlooks Queens Lake and Camden Haven. Viewing platforms at the summit offer the most breath-taking views and are a must to visit. There is an easy 30 minute walk through lush rainforest, or try the Top Track which is a moderate 1 hour walk. You can return to the summit or continue on the Laurieton Track, which is a demanding 2 hour walk. Make sure to have a vehicle waiting at the other end.

Kattang Nature Reserve is accessed through Laurieton and across the Dunbogan bridge. The main feature is the majestic Perpendicular Point with its spectacular vertical cliffs plummeting 40 metres to the sea below. The reserve is surrounded by rock platforms, with the Camden River estuary to the north. The Flower Bowl Circuit (2km) is an easy walk with stunning coastal views or try the Perpendicular Point Walk (3.6km return) with panoramic views.

Crowdy Bay National Park heading south through Camden Haven and past the Dunbogan turn off, you'll find Crowdy Bay's long sweeping beaches, dramatic headland, extensive wetlands, rainforest pockets and untouched coastal land featuring beautiful wildflower displays. There are three camping areas around Diamond Head and several day use areas along the coast.

Boorganna Nature Reserve is a significant remnant of the extensive rainforest that once covered the Comboyne Plateau. The reserve protects 396 hectares of diverse vegetation ranging from Eucalypt forest to subtropical rainforest. Stroll the 2.7km walk that starts at the picnic area and descends through the tranquil rainforest to Rawson Falls. The return trip (uphill) takes about 2 hours at a steady pace. Bring your bird book, as the reserve is very popular for bird watching (best observed during the early hours of the day).

Burrawan State Forest located just 10 kilometres south of Wauchope you will find the world's largest Red Bloodwood tree! Tourism award-winning 'Old Bottlebutt' is unique in shape with its flared 'butt' with a girth of more than 16 metres. At 51 metres high and over 200 years old, this magnificent tree is the main feature on a beautiful 600 metre loop walking track that starts and ends at the Burrawan picnic area. From Wauchope travel south of Bago Road 10 kilometres, then turn left onto Internal Break Road and follow the signs. Open 24 hours, 7 days including public holidays.

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