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Guy Fawkes River National Park

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Alerts for Guy Fawkes River National Park: fires, closed areas

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Updated: 28/11/2014 10:50 AM

“This is our favourite place to get off the beaten track. You can easily find a peaceful campsite far away from anyone or anything.”

Halfway between Armidale, Grafton and Dorrigo, Guy Fawkes River National Park is a rugged wilderness paradise that’s perfect for peaceful camping and hiking away from the crowds.

The park is popular with experienced bushwalkers who want to explore the Guy Fawkes River Valley, but there are lots of great activities to enjoy among the peaceful gorges and slow-flowing rivers.

Enjoy a picnic among the spring wildflowers alongside Ebor Falls, where you can watch the river tumbling from the plateau in two dramatic waterfalls. Be sure to pack your binoculars if you’re a birdwatcher, as among the many species you might spot are wedge-tailed eagles and glossy black cockatoos.

From Chaelundi campground, Escarpment walk will take you to Chaelundi Falls, with its great lookout down over the valley. From here, you can see Lucifers Thumb, a large rock that offers all those who sit on it incredible 180-degree views out over the gorge and Guy Fawkes River.

The park is a significant conservation site with amazing biodiversity. There are 24 threatened animal species you might encounter here, including the brush-tailed rock-wallabies that can often be seen in the park’s rocky areas.

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Why you should visit

Guy Fawkes River National Park is a special place. Here are just some of the reasons why:

Routes of time
Archaeological sites suggest that Aboriginal people have occupied these valleys for over 10,000 years. The Guy Fawkes and Boyd Rivers once served as important traffic and trade routes linking the tablelands to the coast. Ebor Falls was traditionally named ‘Martiam’, which means ‘Great Falls’ in Gumbaynggir language.

Gold rush
Major Edward Parke named the Guy Fawkes River after camping nearby on Guy Fawkes Day, November 5, 1845. Gold was discovered in the late 1800s at Ballards Flat and Dalmorton, with the latter once supporting a town of 3,000 people during a short gold rush. A couple of building ruins remain today and old stockmen huts and yards are still present throughout the valleys.

Protected wilderness
The park is a conservation site for one of the most significant areas of wilderness in northern NSW, extending over 84,000ha of the 107,000ha park. This preserves the biodiversity of the park, allowing its natural ecosystems to be kept free from excessive human impact.

Wild about species
The park is an incredible biodiversity hotspot. There are over 40 different plant communities and about 1000 plant species in the park, along with 28 threatened plant species, 24 threatened animal species, and significant areas of old growth forest. The endangered brush-tailed rock-wallaby can be seen in the rocky areas of the park, while glossy black cockatoos are often spotted throughout the park. The park is also one of the few remaining areas in Australia where purebred dingoes can still be found.

Unique geology
The north-south line of the Guy Fawkes River cuts through the Demon fault line, a 240-million-year-old crack in the landscape. In the south of the park the Ebor volcano spewed lava across the landscape. This created the Ebor Falls, with their unusual organ pipe-like rock formations.

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Alerts

fires

There are two fires in Guy Fawkes River National Park, in the Aberfoyle catchment area. At this stage no facilities within the Park are closed. Refer to the Rural Fire Service for the latest information. Do not enter any closed area or area with fire. If you see an unattended fire call Triple Zero (000). Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact (02) 6657 2309 or visit the NSW national parks safety page.

closed areas

This park and some other parks managed by the Glen Innes area are closed until 1 December 2014 due to bushfire and dangerous fire weather conditions, unless the closure is otherwise extended or removed. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact Glen Innes area office (02) 6739 0700 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page.

Getting there

 Car

From Dorrigo or Armidale:

  • Access via Waterfall Way and Chaelundi Road

From Grafton:

  • Access via Old Grafton Road, then Chaelundi Road.

 Opening times

Guy Fawkes River National Park is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

 Close to

Guy Fawkes River National Park is close to:

  • Dorrigo (65 km)
  • Grafton (70 km)
  • Armidale (80 km)

 Public transport

For information about public transport options, visit the NSW country transport info website.

 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 Guy Fawkes River National Park. Here are some of the highlights:

Spring (Sept, Oct, Nov)

  • Look out for native wildflowers around Ebor Falls, including everlasting daisies, native violets and small-fruited hakea.

Summer (Dec, Jan, Feb)

  • Paddle in the creek at Chaelundi campground or swim, canoe or fish on Boyd River at Dalmorton.

Autumn (Mar, Apr, May)

  • Great camping weather when the days start cooling off, yet the water in the river is still warm.

 Temperature

Summer

  • The average temperature ranges between 22°C and 25°C
  • The area's highest recorded temperature in summer is 35°C

Winter ­

  • The average temperature ranges between 13°C and 16°C
  • The area’s lowest recorded temperature in winter is -8.9°C

 Rainfall

  • The wettest month on average is January, the driest is August.
  • The area's highest recorded rainfall is 254.8mm in one day

Safety

Dorrigo Rainforest Centre

Phone: (02) 6657 2309
Email: Dorrigo.RainforestCentre@environment.nsw.gov.au
Street address: Dorrigo Rainforest Centre, Dome Road, Dorrigo NSW
Opening hours: 8:30am-4:30pm, Monday-Friday, 9:00am-4:30pm weekends, (closed Christmas Day)

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Ebor Falls, Guy Fawkes River National Park. Photo: NSW Government