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Middle Brother National Park

Overview

Created to protect two of the largest blackbutt trees in NSW, Middle Brother National Park offers places to picnic, easy walks, birddwatching, and scenic lookouts.

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Tall, stately, magnificent forest, with glimpses of the coast to the east, and native birds circling overhead; this is Middle Brother National Park. It’s heavily wooded with old growth and subtropical rainforest that sometimes floods with mist in early mornings. North Brother Mountain rises in the distance, while creeks and waterfalls scattered through the valleys lend the area a tranquil harmony. Come here to escape the jungle of Port Macquarie, with a packed lunch, and leave your stresses and concerns behind.

Middle Brother was created to protect two of the largest (by volume) coastal blackbutt trees in NSW – Bird Tree and Benaroon. Bird Tree, for example, is 69m high, with a girth of 11m. Scientists estimate it’s an astonishing 300 years old, meaning it predates the arrival of Captain Cook to Australia.

Visitors will find an easy stroll to the trees, perfect for walking with children, and tables for picnicking afterwards to while away a quiet afternoon. There’s excellent wildlife viewing both day and night, and intrepid hikers will want to pack the boots and GPS for some wild backcountry bushwalking. Climb the mountain for a scenic lookout over the Hannam Vale valley and South Brother Mountain. Sunrises and sunsets here are superb.

Highlights in this park

  • Bird Tree picnic area, Middle Brother National Park. Photo: John Spencer/NSW Government

    Bird Tree picnic area

    Bird Tree picnic area offers access to some of the largest blackbutt trees in NSW, with a short trail perfect for walking with children and plenty of ...

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

Conservation program:

Saving our Species conservation program

Saving our Species is a innovative conservation program in NSW. It aims to halt and reverse the growing numbers of Australian animals and plants facing extinction. This program aims to secure as many threatened species that can be secured in the wild as possible, for the next 100 years. 

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

Contact

  • in the North Coast region
  • Middle Brother National Park is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

    • Port Macquarie
      (02) 6588 5555
      Contact hours: 9am-4.30pm Monday to Friday
    • 22 Blackbutt Road, Port Macquarie NSW
    • Fax: (02) 6588 5500
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Middle Brother National Park. Photo: John Spencer/NSW Government