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Wollumbin National Park is a special place. Here are just some of the reasons why:

Sacred summit

Distant mountains, Wollumbin National Park. Photo: D Hofmeyer

Captain Cook named it Mount Warning, but to the Aboriginal community, it's a sacred place known as Wollumbin. Many stories from communities in the far-reaching surrounding area are associated with this site. For local Aboriginal people, including Nganduwal, Galibal, Gidhabul and Widjabal, Wollumbin is an integral part of a complex network of mythological and significant sites interrelated and bound together by their Dreaming. Despite being dispossessed during early European settlement, local Aboriginal people maintain a diversity of living cultures and a unique and deep attachment to this land.

What we're doing for Aboriginal culture in this park

Green rooms of the world

Rainforest stream on lyrebird track, Wollumbin National Park. Photo: D Hofmeyer

Wollumbin National Park is a Gondwana Rainforest of Australia. Gondwana rainforests include the world's most extensive areas of subtropical rainforest, large areas of warm temperate rainforest and Antarctic beech cool temperate rainforest. Luckily, you don't have to go far to experience some of these environments, which are practically in your backyard.

  • Lyrebird track Lyrebird track is a short walking route in Wollumbin National Park that leads from Mount Warning Road, across Breakfast Creek to a lookout set in subtropical rainforest.

Voices of the forest

Noisy pitta (Pitta versicolor), Wollumbin National Park. Photo: OEH

Can you hear the pouched frog? It’s a very quiet ‘eh-eh-eh-eh-eh-eh’. Did you know that the sound of the eastern whipbird is a duet? The first long note comes from the male and then the female joins in with her whip crack response. From the high canopy down to the forest floor live a huge variety of animals and birds to see and hear. Though some, like the carpet python, land mullet, eastern small-eyed snake, lace monitor, black-bellied marsh snake and long-nosed potoroo, are very quiet creatures. Plant species in Wollumbin seem varied to the extremes. There are prettily-named ones such as maidenhair, silkpod, watervine, wait-a-while, tree fern, wilkiea and red apple. These live alongside Wollunbin zieria, with its warty and felted branchlets, the prickly shield fern, stinging nettle, flooded gum, giant spear lily, dogwood, turpentine and, most disconcerting, giant stinging tree.

  • Lyrebird track Lyrebird track is a short walking route in Wollumbin National Park that leads from Mount Warning Road, across Breakfast Creek to a lookout set in subtropical rainforest.

What we're doing for Biodiversity in this park

Plants and animals you may see

Animals

  • Koala. Photo: Lucy Morrell

    Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus)

    One of the most renowned Australian animals, the tree-dwelling marsupial koala can be found in gum tree forests and woodlands across eastern NSW, Victoria and Queensland, as well as in isolated regions in South Australia. With a vice-like grip, this perhaps most iconic but endangered Australian animal lives in tall eucalypts within a home range of several hectares.

  • Australian brush turkey, Sea Acres National Park. Photo: David Finnegan

    Australian brush turkey (Alectura lathami)

    The Australian brush turkey, also known as bush or scrub turkey, can be found in rainforests along eastern NSW. With a striking red head, blue-black plumage and booming call, these distinctive Australian birds are easy to spot while bird watching in several NSW national parks.

  •  Lace monitor. Photo: Lucas Boyd

    Lace monitor (Varanus varius)

    One of Australia’s largest lizards, the carnivorous tree-dwelling lace monitor, or tree goanna, can grow to 2m in length and is found in forests and coastal tablelands across eastern Australia. These Australian animals are typically dark blue in colour with whitish spots or blotches.

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Koala

Phascolarctos cinereus

Koala. Photo: Lucy Morrell

One of the most renowned Australian animals, the tree-dwelling marsupial koala can be found in gum tree forests and woodlands across eastern NSW, Victoria and Queensland, as well as in isolated regions in South Australia. With a vice-like grip, this perhaps most iconic but endangered Australian animal lives in tall eucalypts within a home range of several hectares.

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Sunrise, Wollumbin National Park. Photo: S Foreman.