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Mann River Nature Reserve

Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Mann River Nature Reserve.

Getting there and parking

From Grafton:

  • Drive west of Grafton along Gwydir Highway for 125km
  • Take the unsealed Old Grafton Road and drive for approximately 2km before descending 14km on sealed road to the base of Big Hill
  • Drive for 150m on an unsealed road to the campground turnoff, or continue for 6km to the lookout.

From Glen Innes:

  • Drive east from Glen Innes for 37km along the Gwydir Highway
  • Take the unsealed Old Grafton Road and drive for approximately 2km before descending 14km on sealed road to the base of Big Hill
  • Drive for 150m on an unsealed road to the campground turn off

4WD only:

  • Drive the historic (unsealed) Old Grafton Road from Grafton for approximately 130 km.

Parking

  • Mann River campground and picnic area See on map

By bike

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

By public transport

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

Best times to visit

There are lots of great things waiting for you in Mann River Nature Reserve. Here are some of the highlights.

Autumn

A great time for bushwalking, birdwatching and photography.

Spring

A great time for birdwatching and bushwalking.

Summer

Enjoy fishing and swimming the majestic Mann River.

Winter

Winter is best for crisp, clear skies and excellent stargazing.

Weather, temperature and rainfall

Summer temperature

Average

12°C and 25°C

Highest recorded

34.5°C

Winter temperature

Average

0.7°C and 14°C

Lowest recorded

-8.3°C

Rainfall

Wettest month

December

Driest month

April

The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

140mm

Facilities

Maps and downloads

Safety messages

However you discover NSW national parks and reserves, we want you to have a safe and enjoyable experience. Our park and reserve systems contrast greatly so you need to be aware of the risks and take responsibility for your own safety and the safety of those in your care.

Mobile safety

Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency + app before you visit, it helps emergency services locate you using your smartphone's GPS. Please note there is limited mobile phone reception in this park and you’ll need mobile reception to call Triple Zero (000).

Prohibited

Pets

Pets and domestic animals (other than certified assistance animals) are not permitted. Find out which regional parks allow dog walking and see the OEH pets in parks policy for more information.

Smoking

NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

Mann River Nature Reserve

Contact

Nearby towns

Glen Innes (46 km)

Set in the most prolific sapphire region of Country NSW, Glen Innes hosts the annual Minerama Fossicking and Gem Show and the annual Australian Celtic Festival, and is home to the Australian Standing Stones.

www.visitnsw.com

Grafton (136 km)

Grafton is a gracious, historic city in the Clarence Valley farming district. It's situated on the broad Clarence River and surrounded by river flats.

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Armidale (144 km)

During autumn the parks and gardens around Armidale show their beautiful colours. Enjoy a drive along the Waterfall Way, stopping at waterfalls and craggy gorges in the rugged countryside.

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Mann River Nature Reserve. Photo: K Dijkstra