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Washpool National Park

Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Washpool National Park.

Getting there and parking

Get driving directions

Get directions

    From Glen Innes, head east for around 78km and take the Coachwood Drive turnoff from the Gwydir Highway

    From Grafton, head west for around 93km and take the Coachwood Drive turnoff from the Gwydir Highway

    Park entry points

    Parking

    By bike

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

    Best times to visit

    Washpool National Park offers an exceptional visit all year round. You're sure to find a walk, tour, activity or attraction to appeal, regardless of the season. Here are some of the highlights.

    Autumn

    Autumn offers good weather for exploring the park during the day and is cool enough during the evenings to sit by the campfire.

    Spring

    Mid-spring is a fantastic time to head out on the inspiring World Heritage walk. The temperature is perfect and the heathlands, swamps and woodlands erupt in a colourful display of wildflowers including the striking Gibraltar waratah.

    Summer

    Enjoy the shade of the rainforest with a picnic and walk, and then cool off with a dip in Coombajdha creek's natural pool.

    Winter

    The coldest time of the year means that you may likely have the park to yourself – enjoy the solitude.

    Weather, temperature and rainfall

    Summer temperature

    Average

    14°C and 26°C

    Highest recorded

    39.8°C

    Winter temperature

    Average

    2°C and 15°C

    Lowest recorded

    -8.9°C

    Rainfall

    Wettest month

    January

    Driest month

    April

    The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

    254.8mm

    Facilities

    Maps and downloads

    Fees and passes

    Park entry fees:

    $8 per vehicle per day applies only at attractions in the Glen Innes area. The park uses a self-registration fee collection system. Please bring the correct change and display your receipt.

    • All Parks Pass - For all parks in NSW (including Kosciuszko NP) $190 (1 year) / $335 (2 years)
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    • Multi-Park Pass - For all parks in NSW (except Kosciuszko) $65 (1 year) / $115 (2 years)
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    • Country Parks Pass - For all parks in Country NSW (except Kosciuszko) $45 (1 year) / $75 (2 years)
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    • Single Country Park Pass - For entry to a single park in country NSW (except Kosciuszko). $22 (1 year) / $40 (2 years)
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    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, 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.

    Washpool National Park

    Contact

    • in the North Coast and Country NSW regions
    • Washpool National Park is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

    • Park entry fees:

      $8 per vehicle per day applies only at attractions in the Glen Innes area. The park uses a self-registration fee collection system. Please bring the correct change and display your receipt.

      Buy an annual pass.
      • Glen Innes
        (02) 6739 0700
        Contact hours: 8.30am-4.30pm Monday to Friday
      • 68 Church Street, Glen Innes NSW
      • Fax: (02) 6739 0750
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    Nearby towns

    Glen Innes (72 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.

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    Grafton (88 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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    Tenterfield (126 km)

    Sir Henry Parkes delivered his famous "birth of our nation" speech in the Tenterfield School of Arts in 1889. His rousing speech is credited with being the decisive moment that set the country on its path toward Federation in 1901.

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    Coombadjha Creek, Washpool National Park. Photo: Rob Cleary