A guide to Macleay’s stunning National Parks
Lush coastal forests, winding bushwalking trails, 360-degree views and an abundance of wildlife await in the many National Parks dotted along the stunning Macleay Valley Coast. Offering some of the most pristine, untouched natural environments on the east coast of Australia, we have put together the top 4 national parks that are a must visit on the Macleay.
Arakoon National Park
Home to the historic Trial Bay Gaol, Arakoon National Park is a coastal forest filled with winding bushwalking trails and spectacular lookout points. Found only 4 km from South West Rocks, the national park is easily accessible and family friendly. If you’re packing a picnic or looking for the ideal barbecue spot, Front Beach, Little Bay picnic area and the Trial Bay Goal are all great choices. Spring is the perfect time to visit with wildflowers coming into bloom, she-oaks producing fruit and black cockatoos in abundance.
Hat Head National Park
Offering breathtaking coastal views, fantastic rock fishing, and plenty of native wildlife to spot, Hat Head National Park really does have it all. Nestled at its base you will find Hat Head Holiday Park and access to the iconic Korogoro Track. Starting at the mouth of the Korogoro Creek, the trail winds through the national park before opening up to stunning 180-degree views across the coast, providing an ideal location to watch the sunrise. If you’re visiting for the birdlife, black swans, spoonbills, hawks, eagles and curlews all call the park home, making it an ideal spot for keen bird watchers.
Goolwah National Park
If you’re looking for a serene escape that feels untouched by the rest of the world a visit to Goolawah National Park will be at the top of your list. With its endless stretches of uncrowded beaches and pristine headlands waiting to be explored, the national park consists largely of coastal land that feels forgotten by time. Running from Crescent Head to Racecourse Headland, the park eventually meets the Goolawah Regional Park. The ideal setting for snorkelling, swimming, surfing and great whale watching in season. This national park is a nature lovers paradise.
Yarriabini National Park
A short scenic drive from both Grassy Head and Stuarts Point you will find the Yarriabini National Park. With great bird watching, the lush rainforest, bubbling creeks and serene picnic spots of the national park provide a great day out for the whole family. Whether you choose to explore on foot with a pair of binoculars or pack the mountain bike for some action, the tall forests and palm-lined creeks will have you in awe of its natural beauty. Enjoy lunch at The Pines picnic area, surrounded by rainforest and featuring traditional Aboriginal artwork it’s the perfect way to relax in nature.
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