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Bongil Bongil National Park

“Bongil Bongil is our family’s favourite spot for fishing on the north coast. The picnic area is right by the river so you can cook up your catch for lunch.”

Bongil Bongil National Park, south of Coffs Harbour, has plenty to offer, including wild beaches, sweeping coastal views and peaceful streams.

The park is popular with locals for a spot of fishing, either on the pontoon by Bonville creek or on the beach around Bundagen Head. Picnic and barbecue facilities are available nearby and there are opportunities for both beach and rainforest walking. The park is also a regional favourite for mountain bike adventures.

The rainforest of Bongil Bongil National Park provides habitat for migrating birds and animals, and surrounding eucalypt forests are home to one of NSW’s largest koala populations. You might see them sleeping in the treetops or munching on leaves.

With so much to offer visitors, it’s no wonder Bongil Bongil is a popular beach holiday destination. Guided tours are available during school holidays and holiday accommodation is available at Bundagen Cottage at Tuckers Rocks.

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Why you should visit

Here are just some of the attractions you can enjoy at Bongil Bongil National Park:

A place where one stays a long time
Bongil Bongil National Park is the traditional land of the Gumbaynggir people, whose ancestral lands extend from Grafton in the north to the Nambucca river in the south, and from the coast west to the headwaters of the Nymboida river. The park provided abundant seafood and bushtucker, and was a site for gatherings and sacred ceremonies.

Birdwatcher’s haven
In addition to being home to one of NSW’s largest koala popuations, Bongil Bongil National Park also boasts more than 165 species of birds. The park provides breeding, roosting and feeding habitats for a number of migratory birds like the little tern and the pied oystercatcher. The Bundagaree Rainforest walk is the best place to see the birds of the rainforest, like the dramatically beautiful wompoo fruit dove and the colourful rose-crowned fruit dove that makes a loud and explosive ‘hookco’ sound.

Beaches and waterways
The waterways within Bongil Bongil National Park carry water across the coastal plains from the steep foothills to the west, providing a home for many types of birds, animals and reptiles. For visitors, the waterways and beaches in Bongil Bongil National Park offer a range of water activities, including excellent fishing and kayaking. Try your luck on the Bonville river for flathead and whiting.

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Getting there

 Car

From Coffs Harbour and Urunga:

  • Take the Reptom / Mylestom exit from the new Pacific Highway
  • Take Perry's Hill Road from the old Pacific Highway
  • Perry's Hill Road becomes Tuckers Road

From Sawtell:

  • Take Boronia Street to access Sawtell headland
  • Take Lyons Road for Bonville Estuary and Bongil picnic area

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 Opening times

Bongil Bongil National Park is open sunrise to sunset but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

 Close to

Bongil Bongil National Park is close to:

  • Coffs Harbour (10km)
  • Urunga (10km)
  • Nambucca Heads (35km)

 Bike

Check out the Bicycle information for NSW website for more information.

Weather and climate

 Visiting through the seasons

There are lots of great things waiting for you in Bongil Bongil National Park. Here are some of the highlights:

Summer (Dec, Jan, Feb)

  • A great time to explore Bonville Creek by canoe, kayak or stand-up paddle board

Autumn (Mar, Apr, May)

  • With cooler weather, it’s a great time to explore the mountain bike tracks in the park

Winter (Jun, Jul, Aug)

  • Look for birds feeding on fruit-bearing trees in the rainforest

 Temperature

Summer

  • The average temperature ranges between 20°C and 27°C
  • The area's highest recorded temperature in summer is 43.3°C

Winter ­

  • The average temperature ranges between 9°C and 21°C
  • The area’s lowest recorded temperature in winter is -3.2°C

 Rainfall

  • The wettest month on average is March, the driest month on average is September
  • The area's highest recorded rainfall is 404.6mm in one day

Safety

Coffs Harbour

Phone: 02 6652 0900
Street address: 32 Marina Drive, Coffs Harbour NSW
Opening hours: 8:30am-4:30pm, Monday-Friday

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4WD vehicle on the beach, Bongil Bongil National Park. Photo: Rob Cleary