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Ngambaa Nature Reserve


Ngambaa Nature Reserve offers a retreat for animals and people alike, with areas of old-growth forest perfect for car touring, bushwalking, birdwatching, a family picnic and barbecue.

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Of shared significance to the Aboriginal Dunghutti, Ngambaa and Gumbaynggirr People, Ngambaa Nature Reserve combines rich cultural heritage with a stunning rainforest environment. The coastal foothills are thick with old-growth grey gums, while red cedars sprout near tranquil creeks. There are broad dry open ridges and deep wet forests occupied by glossy black cockatoos. Indeed, the great diversity of trees makes Ngambaa a key habitat for flying animals, including the threatened powerful owl and yellow-bellied gliders.

Ngambaa may be remote, but its solitude will appeal to a certain type of traveller. Self-sufficient hikers will find much ground to chart, birdwatching enthusiasts will be in paradise, and those who enjoy car touring will appreciate the generous network of quiet roadways that thread through the area. There are places to cool down and unwind in the shade, and wood barbecues perfect for long lunches.

Keep your eyes peeled. With koalas and giant barred frogs living in the area, you never know what you might see in Ngambaa Nature Reserve.

Highlights in this park

  • Cedar Park picnic area, Ngambaa Nature Reserve. Photo: Rob Cleary

    Cedar Park picnic area

    Cedar Park picnic area offers an ideal base for exploring Ngambaa Nature Reserve, with picnic facilities and a walking track close to Kempsey.


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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


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

    • Coffs Harbour
      (02) 6652 0900
      Contact hours: 8.30am-4.30pm Monday to Friday
    • 32 Marina Drive, Coffs Harbour NSW
    • Fax: (02) 6651 9525
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Stockyard Creek and surrounding forest, Ngambaa Nature Reserve. Photo: Rob Cleary