Berarngutta Picnic Area

This quiet grassy clearing is a charming spot to have a picnic amongst the snow gums. It’s ideal for small groups wanting to be conveniently near to Point lookout, yet away from the road. A walking track here links to the Point lookout circuit and through the snow gum woodland to Platypus Valley lookout on the Eagles Nest walking track.

Visitors often spot eastern grey kangaroos here, and on the walk to Platypus Valley lookout. Black and white currawongs scavenge around the picnic area. White-throated treecreepers bound up trunks searching under bark for insects. Flame robins may also be seen flitting in the treetops in search of food.

When the tea trees are in bloom, insects swarm to feed on the flowers. Many spectacular and brilliant chafers, jewel-beetles and soldier beetles may be seen. This is one of the few places where coastal and alpine species of butterflies are seen together and during the short breeding season they appear here in unusually large numbers, making for a spectacular sight. Over 50 species of butterflies are known from the upper section of New England National Park alone.

Nearby events

  1. Myall Creek and beyond

    Wednesday 20 June 2018 to Sunday 14 October 2018 , Armidale

    A group of contemporary Indigenous artists respond to the Myall Creek Massacre and its aftermath in this new exhibition. On the afternoon of Sunday 10 June 1838 a group of eleven convicts and ex-convict stockmen brutally slaughtered a gr…

    20 Jun - 14 Oct
  2. Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award (JADA)

    Wednesday 20 June 2018 to Sunday 22 July 2018 , Armidale

    The Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award (JADA) is the Grafton Regional Gallery’s biennial flagship art prize, promoting innovation and excellence in contemporary Australian drawing. JADA 2016 continues to explore the way that drawing resona…

    20 Jun - 22 Jul
  3. Deep Cuts

    Wednesday 20 June 2018 to Sunday 22 July 2018 , Armidale

    Deep Cuts explores the work of contemporary Australian printmakers Rew Henks, Brian Robinson, Dianne Fogwell, Angela Cavalieri and David Frazer, who push the limits of traditional woodcut, lino and other relief printmaking techniques with m…

    20 Jun - 22 Jul