Four Bull Hut

Washpool National Park

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Overview

Stay in the rustic Four Bull Hut, tucked away in a secluded valley of Washpool National Park. This refurbished cabin the perfect escape for horse riding and other adventures, within driving distance of the NSW North Coast.

Accommodation Details
Accommodation type Cabin
Where 461 Four Bull Trail, Forest Land, NSW, 2372 - in Washpool National Park
Bedrooms 2
Maximum guests 6
Facilities Picnic tables, barbecue facilities, drinking water, showers, toilets, electric power
What to bring Bed sheets, blankets, pillows, towels
Price
  • Rates and availability are displayed when making an online booking.
  • Minimum 2 night stays.
Entry fees

Park entry fees are not required to access Four Bull Hut

Bookings Book online or call the National Parks Contact Centre on 1300 072 757.
Please note
  • Check in after 2pm, check out before 10am. Fees may apply for late check outs.
  • The hut is in a remote location so please arrive well prepared. The nearest shops are in Tenterfield, a 1hr drive away (52km).
  • Horses are permitted. Horses must be registered at the time of booking and a fee applies
  • Horse yards are located 200m from Four Bull Hut
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Sleeping up to 6 guests, Four Bull Hut is surrounded by tall gum and Blackbutt forest offering endless walking, mountain biking, and bird watching opportunities, and secluded swimming spots in summer.  You can also stay at this idyllic place with your horses as you explore the nearby network of Washpool horse riding trails. Only a few hours from Brisbane, it's great for couples or families wanting to enjoy nature in all its glory or seeking sanctuary from modern day distractions.

The rich heritage of Tenterfield’s early settlers can be seen only metres from your doorstep at historic McClifty’s Hut. Local lore tells of the hut’s first owner, Daniel McClifty, who shot four wild bulls at the creek when he first arrived.

Today, Four Bull Hut’s verandah is the ideal place to spot Washpool National Park’s wildlife, including red-necked wallabies, koalas, and black cockatoos. Keep your eyes peeled for the rare powerful owl and yellow-bellied glider.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

Nearby

  • Horse riding trails, Washpool National Park. Photo: Michael Lieberman

    Washpool horse riding trails

    Head to Washpool National Park for your next horse riding adventure. You’ll find 100km of great forest trails for all riding levels, a short drive from Tenterfield.

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All the practical information you need to know about Four Bull Hut.

Getting there and parking

Four Bull Hut is located in the western section of Washpool National Park and is approximately 52km by road (sealed and gravel) from Tenterfield.

From Tenterfield:

  • Travel south on the New England Highway for 28km
  • Turn left on to Mt Spirabo Road and continue for 9km on the gravel road
  • Turn right at the intersection with Sandy Flat Road and continue east on Mt Spirabo Road for 7km to the intersection with Spirabo Forest Way. There will be a sign when you enter Washpool National Park along the way.
  • Keep left and continue through the intersection for 2.8km
  • Turn right on to Farnell Road and travel for approximately 300m
  • Turn left on to 4 Bull trail and continue 200m to the locked gate
  • Unlock the gate using the PIN code provided with your booking confirmation, and follow the trail for around 4.3km to the hut

From Deepwater:

  • Travel north on the New England Highway for 22km
  • Turn right on to Mt Spirabo Road and continue for 9km on a gravel road
  • Turn right at the intersection with Sandy Flat Road and continue east on Mt Spirabo Road for 7km to the intersection with Spirabo Forest Way. There will be a sign when you enter Washpool National Park along the way.
  • Keep left and continue through the intersection for 2.8km
  • Turn right on to Farnell Road and travel for approximately 300m
  • Turn left on to 4 Bull trail and continue 200m to the locked gate
  • Unlock the gate using the PIN code provided with your booking confirmation, and follow the trail for around 4.3km to the hut

PIN codes will be provided with your booking confirmation to access keys for the property. Contact 13000 72757 if you have not received your code. Fees may apply for lost keys.

Road quality

Vehicle access is restricted to existing management trails and no vehicles are permitted to be driven off-road within the National Park. 

  • Mixture of sealed and unsealed roads

Vehicle access

  • All roads require 4WD vehicle

Weather restrictions

  • Dry weather only

Parking

Outdoor parking is available at the hut.

Facilities

  • The hut has 2 bedrooms, a kitchen/dining room, separate bathroom with shower, toilet and laundry sink, an indoor wood heater, outside fire ring and a covered verandah. 
  • Bedding configuration: 1 bedroom with 1 x double bed, 1 bedroom with 2 x single beds and 2 x single mattresses for the floor.
  • There's a gas stove and oven, gas hot water system and gas refrigerator. The kitchen is equipped with crockery, glassware and cutlery for 6 people, toaster, kettle and a kitchen table with seating for 4 people. Additional seating is available in the outside covered area. 
  • There's no TV, DVD player or stereo.
  • The nearest mobile phone coverage is at the Billyrimba Falls lookout sign, which is 6.8km further north along Spirabo Forest Way from the Farnell Road turnoff.
  • Rubbish bins are provided. Please take any excessive garbage with you. Garbage bags are provided.
  • Please leave the property clean and tidy with all kitchen items washed up and put away. Additional fees may be charged for any unreasonable cleaning required or missing / broken items. Cleaning products and toilet paper are provided.
  • The horse yards are located around 200m from the accommodation. You'll need to provide feed and water.

Toilets

  • Flush toilets

Picnic tables

Barbecue facilities

  • Fire rings (firewood supplied)
  • Wood barbecues (firewood supplied)

Drinking water

Untreated water is available at the property but you'll need to treat or boil it before drinking.

Showers

  • Hot showers

Electric power

Off-grid. A small 240V power generator is supplied. Please leave your personal electrical devices, including hairdryers and electric blankets, at home and use only the electrical devices provided in the hut.

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Safety messages

  • Children should be supervised due to slippery rocks and steep falls
  • A basic First Aid kit is provided at Four Bull hut, however this remote location is a considerable distance from the nearest ambulance and hospital. 
  • A fire blanket and fire extinguisher is provided

Fire safety

During periods of fire weather, the Commissioner of the NSW Rural Fire Service may declare a total fire ban for particular NSW fire areas, or statewide. Learn more about total fire bans and fire safety.

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).

Accessibility

Four Bull Hut is not wheelchair-accessible.

Permitted

Chemical toilets are permitted however there is no dump point at the property.

Generators

Generators are permitted

Horses

A maximum of 6 horses are permitted at the property at any one time. Please read and comply with the code of practice for horse riding in parks.

Prohibited

Gathering firewood

  • Firewood may not be collected from the park. Firewood is supplied.

Pets

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

Smoking

NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

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Four Bull Hut is in Washpool National Park. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

An important legacy

Forest stream on Washpool walk, Washpool National Park. Photo: Rob Cleary

Washpool National Park is part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area, which includes forty parks and reserves stretching along the Great Escarpment from Barrington Tops in NSW to south east Queensland. The area has a long history of selective logging, dating back to the 1800s when the valuable red cedar trees drew timber cutters with bullocks, axes and crosscut saws. With the development of machinery, the increasing pressure to exploit these forests met strong protest action from conservation groups. Ultimately, the park was created in 1983 after a study found the area contained significant plant and animal populations that either weren't found anywhere else in the state or were not well protected in reserves.

Cultural connections

Mann River, Washpool National Park. Photo: Rob Cleary

The Bundjalung, Ngarrabul and Gumbaingirri people have a long connection with the lands here; the area was once used as a route between the coast and the tablelands, and as a place to gather a range of resources, such as rainforest fruits.

Rare residents

Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus). Photo: Taronga Zoo

A huge range of threatened and endangered species enjoy the sanctuary of Washpool's diverse habitats. It's a refuge for mammals including koalas, spotted-tailed quolls, parma wallabies and long-nosed potoroos. Washpool and Gibraltar Range National Park are also brimming with birdlife. Look out for the rare rufous scrub bird in the rainforest undergrowth and, if you're extra vigilant, the even rarer powerful owl, which inhabits the hollows of trees in tall open forest. One of the most intriguing of the Washpool's residents is the pouched frog, a rainforest-dependent species whose male rears young tadpoles in pouches on his flanks.

  • Coombadjha nature stroll Coombadjha nature stroll in Washpool National Park is a short yet inspiring walk through World Heritage listed rainforest, with a delightful swimming spot at the end.

Walker's wonderland

Coombadjha campground, Washpool National Park. Photo: Rob Cleary

Lush rainforest, tinkling streams, dramatic gorges and an impressive plateau environment at just over the edge of the Great Escarpment make Washpool a singularly spectacular walking destination. Stretch your legs on an expansive network of graded walking tracks, including the popular World Heritage walk (which links Gibraltar Range and Washpool National Parks) and part of the Bicentennial National trail. Nature strolls and the half-day Washpool walk commence from the creekside Coombadjha campground and take you on a meander through the lost world of the surrounding rainforest.

  • Carrai and Coachwood trails Carrai and Coachwood trails combines 2 remote 4WD adventures in Carrai National Park and Oxley Wild Rivers National Park, between Kempsey and Armidale.
  • Coachwood picnic area Enjoy a picnic surrounded by rainforest at Coachwood picnic area in Washpool National Park. It’s also the starting point for the Coombadjha nature stroll, a short walk.
  • Granite picnic area Enjoy a picnic at Granite picnic area in Washpool National Park. Stretch your legs on an easy walk to Granite lookout for views over the World Heritage-listed landscape.

Plants and animals you may see

Animals

  • Swamp wallaby in Murramarang National Park. Photo: David Finnegan

    Swamp wallaby (Wallabia bicolor)

    The swamp wallaby, also known as the black wallaby or black pademelon, lives in the dense understorey of rainforests, woodlands and dry sclerophyll forest along eastern Australia. This unique Australian macropod has a dark black-grey coat with a distinctive light-coloured cheek stripe.

  • Eastern common ringtail possum. Photo: Ken Stepnell

    Common ringtail possum (Pseudocheirus peregrinus)

    Commonly found in forests, woodlands and leafy gardens across eastern NSW, the Australian ringtail possum is a tree-dwelling marsupial. With a powerful tail perfectly adapted to grasp objects, it forages in trees for eucalypt leaves, flowers and fruit.

  •  Superb lyrebird, Minnamurra Rainforest, Budderoo National Park. Photo: David Finnegan

    Superb lyrebird (Menura novaehollandiae)

    With a complex mimicking call and an elaborate courtship dance to match, the superb lyrebird is one of the most spectacular Australian animals. A bird watching must-see, the superb lyrebird can be found in rainforests and wet woodlands across eastern NSW and Victoria.

  • Southern boobook. Photo: David Cook

    Southern boobook (Ninox novaeseelandiae)

    The southern boobook, also known as the mopoke, is the smallest and most common native owl in Australia. With a musical 'boo-book' call that echoes through forests and woodlands, the southern boobook is a great one to look out for while bird watching.

Plants

  •  Black sheoak. Photo: Barry Collier

    Black sheoak (Allocasuarina littoralis)

    The black sheoak is one of a number of casuarina species found across the east coast of Australia and nearby tablelands. Growing to a height of 5-15m, these hardy Australian native plants can survive in poor or sandy soils. The barrel-shaped cone of the black sheoak grows to 10-30mm long.

Environments in this park

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