Nature and Parks
Home to spectacular national parks and waterways, as well as gorgeous coastline and beaches, the Great Lakes and Manning Valley region is a paradise. From subtropical rainforest and shimmering lakes to the Southern Hemisphere’s highest waterfall drop, you’ll find breathtaking wonders at every turn.
Near Forster, in the heart of the Great Lakes area, the Myall Lakes National Park features one of the largest coastal lake systems in NSW and over 40km of beaches perfect for walking, fishing and swimming. In the Grandis picnic area you'll find the 76m high Grandis, one of the tallest trees in NSW.
Heading 37km north towards Taree, you’ll find a rich variety of National Parks and Reserves stretching from the Great Lakes to Manning Valley, including:
- Myall Lakes National Park, for breathtaking surf beaches and coastal lakes
- Coorabakh National Park, for ancient peaks, scenic picnic spots and birdwatching
- Crowdy Bay National Park home to impressive ocean and mountain views
- Booti Booti National Park with ancient rainforest and picnic areas
- Brimbin Nature Reserve to kayak on tranquil waterways and follow riverside trails.
Enjoy more spectacular forest trails and lookouts on the Headland Walking Track near Old Bar. This hike offers scenic views over Saltwater Beach and the Pacific Ocean. The Cabbage Palm Loop Walking Track passes through some of the region's tallest native palms in Wallingat National Park.
Spot native birds at Flat Rock Lookout where golden whistlers, peregrine falcons and wedge-tailed eagles fly over the blackbutt forests. 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.
In the Manning Valley you’ll find beautiful waterfalls in the Coorabakh National Park. The spectacular Ellenborough Falls is one of the longest single drop waterfalls in the Southern Hemisphere. This park is also home to Waitui Falls. In Tapin Tops National Park you can relax at scenic Potoroo Falls.
Accommodation in national parks
You’ll find camping options such as The Ruins campground in Booti Booti National Park and the beachside Diamond Head campground in Crowdy Bay National Park. Relax in comfort at heritage-listed Sugarloaf Point Lighthouse in the Myall Lakes National Park.