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Melaleuca campground

Limeburners Creek National Park

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Melaleuca campground is in Limeburners Creek National Park. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

A place of historic heritage

Coastal views from Point Plomer Headland, Limeburners Creek National Park. Photo: Barbara Webster

Back in the early days of the Port Macquarie penal settlement, lime for building mortar was in great demand. They used to collect and burn enormous quantities of oyster shells from this area, giving the park its unusual name. Many of the landmarks in the park were named after some of the more colourful pioneers of the past. Barries Bay was originally a whaling station, named after the Barrie family who lived there for many years. Big Hill was named after Kevin Hill, reputedly a hermit who lived on the northwest side of the hill during the Great Depression of the 1930s.

Strong Aboriginal cultural connections

Plomer Beach, Limeburners Creek National Park. Photo: Michael van Ewijk

The Dunghutti People from Kempsey and the Biripai people from Port Macquarie continue to have a strong connection with the area surrounding Limeburners Creek. Point Plomer and Big Hill in particular are Aboriginal sites of outstanding significance. Several sites and artefacts tracing Aboriginal settlement in this region back to at least 6,000 years have been found, including burial sites, shell middens, a quarry for stone tool production and axe grinding grooves in rock outcrops around Point Plomer.

Wildlife and bird watching haven

Bird, Limeburners Creek National Park. Photo: Barbara Webster

Limeburners Creek National Park is a hot spot for animals. Spotted tail quoll, dingos, butterflies, micro bats, giant pythons and even brolgas make their home here. Birdwatchers will also be in heaven. You'll see rare pied oystercatchers and little terns along beaches, osprey and other large birds of prey circling above and migratory seabirds on their journey north. You might also see the rare ground parrot out in the grass and heathlands.

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Plomer Beach House, Limeburners Creek National Park. Photo: Michael van Ewijk/NSW Government