Why you should visit
Wollumbin National Park is a special place. Here are just some of the reasons why:
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.
Green rooms of the world
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 nearly all 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.
Voices of the forest
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.
Mount Warning Road repair works (Off Park) (Ends Friday 7 November)
Tweed Shire Council have planned road works on Mount Warning Road which is access to Wollumbin National Park. The works are outside of Wollumbin National Park Access will be under 'stop and go' arrangements with delays of 15-20 minutes likely. Wollumbin National Park and the Summit track remain open. All enquiries regarding the road works should be directed to Tweed Shire Council on (02) 6670 2400 or 1300 292 872.
Tweed Area Office
Phone: 02 6670 8600
Street address: 1/135 Murwillumbah St, Murwillumbah NSW 2484
Opening hours: 8:30am-4:30pm, Monday-Friday