Nature and Parks

Highlights

Spectacular waterfall

Ellenborough Falls, northwest of Taree, is one of the longest single-drop waterfalls in the Southern Hemisphere. Admire the spectacular waterfall from a viewing platform, or venture down a timbered walkway to the bottom of the falls for more beautiful views.

  • Ellenborough Falls, North Coast
  • Ellenborough Falls, North Coast

Explore wonderful national parks

Manning Valley and the Great Lakes are home to magnificent national parks with diverse ecosystems, from subtropical rainforest to coastal lakes and gorgeous beaches. You can spot kangaroos, dolphins, whales and colourful birds among the wildlife in the parks.

Myall Lakes National Park offers access to long stretches of sandy beaches and coastal lakes, perfect for fishing, boating, swimming and surfing. Crowdy Bay National Park affords impressive ocean and mountain views. Set out on a hike through ancient rainforest in Booti Booti National Park and enjoy a picnic lunch at one of many picturesque spots along the way.

Booti Booti National Park

Enjoy camping in national parks, too. Between a lake and the sea and next to Forster, Booti Booti is derived from a local Aboriginal word meaning ‘plenty of honey’. The Ruins campground in the national park has barbecues, toilets and showers. The beachside Diamond Head campground in Crowdy Bay National Park has similar amenities.

Bushwalks

Cabbage Palm loop walking track, Wallingat National Park

Explore diverse landscapes and sweeping views on bushwalks in Manning Valley and the Great Lakes. Enjoy tracks weaving through enchanting forests to spectacular lookouts. The Headland Walking Track near Old Bar offers scenic views over Saltwater Beach and the Pacific Ocean, while the Cabbage Palm Loop Walking Track passes through some of the region's tallest native palms in Wallingat National Park. Make your way through an ancient and rare coastal rainforest along the Mungo Rainforest walk and keep an eye out for the colourful native birds who call the forest home.

Lookouts

Flat Rock lookout, Coorabakh National Park.

Enjoy spectacular coastal, forest and mountain panoramas from lookouts in Manning Valley and the Great Lakes. Spot native birds at Flat Rock Lookout where golden whistlers, peregrine falcons and wedge-tailed eagles fly over a patchwork of grassy fields and blackbutt forests. Head for Wallingat National Park to gaze across ancient eucalypt forests from Whoota Whoota Lookout, or survey the areas rugged coastline from Cape Hawke Lookout in Booti Booti National Park.

Manning River

Manning River, mangrove and saltmarsh areas.

The Manning River meanders through Manning Valley, past the towns of Wingham and Taree, into a double delta with two openings to the Tasman Sea of the Pacific Ocean. The main mouth is at Harrington and the second opening is near Old Bar. The beautiful river offers plenty of opportunities for water sports, from kayaking and fishing to jet skiing and sailing. Parks, ramps and pontoons make the river easily accessible to visitors wishing to spend time either on the water or by a river bank.

  1. Big Nellie lookout and picnic area

    Big Nellie is one of the main attractions of Coorabakh National Park. It’s an imposing rock plug that soars more than 500m above sea level, reminding visitors of an earlier time when the Australian landscape was still...

  2. Black Head Beach

    Located midway between Taree and Forster is the coastal area of Hallidays Point, taking in Black Head Beach. Black Head Beach is a multi-award winning beach under the Keep Australia Beautiful...

  3. Black Oaks Picnic Area

    Stop at secluded Black Oaks picnic area while enjoying a paddling trip on Myall River, as it offers scenic river views and abundant wildlife, in Myall Lakes National Park.After a morning paddling the...

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