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Yarriabini National Park

Offering spectacular coastal views, tranquil picnic spots and short rainforest walks, Yarriabini National Park provides a great day trip from Nambucca Heads or Kempsey.

Only 10km from Macksville, Yarriabini is a perfect day trip away from the holiday crowds, and a relaxing way to discover the lush rainforests of the Mid North Coast.

Drive up to Yarriabini lookout for magnificent views looking out across Macleay Valley and Trial Bay. You’ll feel like you're sitting on top of the world, with the spectacular scenery spread out before you.

Head to The Pines picnic area for a relaxing place to picnic under the shade of the tall forest. Admire local Aboriginal artwork and wander through the rainforest on the short walking track.

Bring your bike for a scenic adventure along Way Way Creek Road drive and don’t forget your camera for some outstanding photography opportunities.

 

Why you should visit

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

Aboriginal cultural heritage 
Yarriabini, meaning 'koala rolling', is the Aboriginal name for the prominent coastal mountain that dominates the park, also known as Mount Yarrahapinni. The mountain and the surrounding area is part of an important cultural Dreaming story and very significant to the Dunghutti, Ngambaa and Gumbaynggirr Aboriginal people. Admire the amazing mosaic artwork at The Pines picnic area and see the important connection Aboriginal people have to the mountains, rivers and forests of this park.

Birdwatcher's haven
Gazing out from Yarriabini lookout or strolling through the rainforest, you’re bound to find an abundance of birdwatching opportunities.  Listen out for the bubbling "wom-poo" call of the wompoo fruit-dove and look for its multi-coloured plumage among the Bangalow palms at The Pines picnic area or along rainforest creeks. You’ll also find several owl species and other types of rainforest pigeons thriving under the rainforest canopy. You might also spot glossy black-cockatoos feeding on casuarina seeds in eastern areas of the park. 

Diverse plantlife 
Yarriabini's unique geographical location supports a remarkable blend of different vegetation types. You'll find tall old growth forests on the steeper slopes around Scotts Mountain and around Mount Yarrahapinni. Wander through the lush rainforest near The Pines picnic area and see the ferns, lianas and orchids that are part of this unique ecosystem.

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Getting there

 Car

From Macksville:

  • Travel south on the Pacific Highway for approximately 7km
  • Turn left into Albert Drive and follow the signs for ‘Yarrahapinni Mountain’ or ‘Yarriabini National Park’
  • Turn left onto the continuation of Albert Drive and follow for 400m
  • Turn right into Rosewood Road and follow all the way into the park


From Kempsey:

  • Travel north on the Pacific Highway for approximately 45km
  • Turn right into Albert Drive and follow the signs for ‘Yarrahapinni Mountain’ or ‘Yarriabini National Park’
  • Turn left onto the continuation of Albert Drive and follow for 400m
  • Turn right into Rosewood Road and follow all the way into the park

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 Opening times

Yarriabini National Park is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

 Close to

Yarriabini National Park is close to:

  • Macksville (13km)
  • Nambucca Heads (26km)
  • Kempsey (52km)
  • Port Macquarie (101km)

 Public transport

Yarriabini National Park is not directly accessible by public transport. For information about public transport options to nearby towns, visit the NSW country transport info website.

 Bike

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

Weather and climate

 Visiting through the seasons

There are lots of great things waiting for you in Yarriabini National Park. Here are some of the highlights:

Spring (Sept, Oct, Nov)

  • Enjoy a scenic drive along Way Way Creek Road, with its bubbling creek crossings and vibrant green forest.


Summer (Dec, Jan, Feb)

  • Enjoy a picnic under the shade and wander through the cool rainforest at The Pines picnic area


Autumn (Mar, Apr, May)

  • Take your mountain bike along Way Way Creek Road and feel the refreshing air in the forest


Winter (Jun, Jul, Aug)

  • Admire the colourful banksias in flower along Tower Road as you head up to Yarriabini lookout to see spectacular views of Macleay Valley

 Temperature

Summer

  • The average temperature ranges between 18°C and 27°C 
  • The area's highest recorded temperature in summer is 41.7°C

Winter ­

  • The average temperature ranges between 11°C and 19°C
  • The area’s lowest recorded temperature in winter is 4°C

 Rainfall

  • The wettest month on average is March, the driest is September.
  • The area's highest recorded rainfall is 702.6mm in one day

Safety

Coffs Harbour

Phone: 02 6652 0900
Street address: 32 Marina Drive, Coffs Harbour NSW
Opening hours: 8:30am-4:30pm, Monday-Friday

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Yarriabini National Park. Photo: Shane Ruming