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Brimbin Nature Reserve


Brimbin Nature Reserve, located on the NSW Mid North Coast, only 9km north of Taree, is a great spot for canoeing, walking, birdwatching and picnicking.

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Brimbin Nature Reserve is just a stone’s throw from Taree and a tranquil place of mangrove-lined waterways for canoeing, short trails for walking and shady areas for picnicking. Yet, over the century following European settlement of this area – the traditional land of the Biripi Nation – the place had a surprisingly dynamic history.

Along with being the site of significant stock routes, bullock roads and river crossings, it was also part of a property owned by New South Wales’ only independent female colonial settler, Isabella Mary Kelly. Ms Kellys walking track and Ms Kellys Crossing were named in her honour. Tommy Owens Crossing and Creek are in memory of the 12-year-old boy who drowned here in 1850.

Enjoy picnicking by the riverside, canoeing down the waterways, or walking leisurely along one of the reserve’s two walking trails. Brimbin is also teeming with birdlife, so if you’re keen on birdwatching, be sure to tuck your binoculars in the picnic basket.

Highlights in this park

  • Brimbin picnic area, Brimbin Nature Reserve. Photo: John Spencer

    Brimbin picnic area

    Not far from Taree, Brimbin picnic area’s idyllic riverside location is a great spot for picnicking, barbecues, canoeing and birdwatching. It’s also w...

  • Dawson River walking track, Brimbin Nature Reserve. Photo: John Spencer

    Dawson River walking track

    Starting at the Brimbin picnic area near Taree, Dawson River walking track follow the mangrove-lined waterway of Brimbin Nature Reserve, and joins wit...

  • Ms Kellys walking track, Brimbin Nature Reserve. Photo: John Spencer

    Ms Kellys walking track

    Ms Kellys walking track in Brimbin Nature Reserve is a short walking track near Taree, that follows a historic bullock route and takes in landmarks wi...


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Edward River canoe and kayak trail, Murray Valley National Park. Photo: David Finnegan.

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Mountain pygmy possum (Burramys parvus). Photo: Cate Aitken


  • in the North Coast region
  • Brimbin Nature Reserve is always open but may have to close at times due to flood events, poor weather or fire danger.

    • Taree
      (02) 6552 4097
      Contact hours: 9am-4.30pm Monday to Friday
    • 78 Hargreaves Drive, Taree NSW
    • Fax: (02) 6551 0575
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Brimbin Nature Reserve. Photo: John Spencer