It takes very little effort to escape the hustle and bustle in Gaagal Wanggaan National Park. On quiet days, when fishing boats are few, you’ll have the estuary almost to yourself. Bring binoculars for a bit of birdwatching in the rainforest: white-faced herons and egrets like to forage through the mangroves, and sea eagles often cycle overhead, coming to rest in a plum pine tree or snow wood.
For something a little more vigorous, take advantage of Warrell Creek by canoeing or kayaking from one of the three access points in the park. Weir Reserve and Gumma Crossing Reserve both have boat ramps; Warrell Creek picnic area offers access as well as picnic tables to turn your paddle into a full-day excursion. Bring lunch and settle down to listen to the wading birds, or pack a fishing rod and try your luck in the creek.
Almost any time of year is a great time to visit, though late summer and early autumn can be slightly rainy – it’s a good idea to check the weather before you set out. Also, stay upstream of the creek junction with Nambucca River, where tidal currents can be dangerous.