Nature and 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.
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.
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. 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.
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.