Plateau Beech campground

Werrikimbe National Park

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Overview

Set among World Heritage-listed Gondwana rainforest, the peaceful Plateau Beech campground offers great picnicking, walking, nearby waterfalls and birdwatching to enjoy.

Accommodation Details
Camping type Tent, Don't mind a short walk to tent
Facilities Picnic tables, barbecue facilities, toilets
What to bring Drinking water, cooking water, firewood
Price There are no camping fees at this campground but a $6 booking fee applies.
Bookings Bookings are required. Book online or call the National Parks Contact Centre on 1300 072 757.
Please note
  • There are no marked sites
  • Sites are not powered
  • This is a remote campground, so please make sure you arrive well-prepared.

Looking for a campsite or a place to picnic that’s set among beautiful scenery and provides a place of solitude away from the crowds? Then get off the beaten track and surround yourself with World Heritage-listed Gondwana rainforest at Plateau Beech campground.

Find a spot to pitch your tent anywhere in soft grassy patches dotted with wildflowers. Sit back, relax and enjoy the peacefulness of this secluded campground.

Take an easy 2km walk along King Fern walking track to see King Fern Falls and Filmy Ferns Cascades. This classic walk ventures into a deep, rainforest-clad mountain gully and is a great introduction to the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia. Marvel at the giant Antarctic beech and ancient coachwood trees.

The rainforest provides lots of opportunities for birdwatching. You’re likely to see log-runners, warblers and yellow robins. Listen out for the powerful and melodious whistling ‘eeoow-chewww-cho-cho’ call of the olive whistler.

Take a virtual tour of Plateau Beech campground captured with Google Street View Trekker.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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All the practical information you need to know about Plateau Beech campground.

Getting there and parking

Plateau Beech campground is in the eastern precinct of the park, and is best accessed via Wauchope or Port Macquarie. On entering Werrikimbe National Park:

  • Continue driving on Hastings Forest Way for 8km to the junction with Cockerawombeeba Road (Cocky Road)
  • Turn into Cockerawombeeba Road and continue for about 11km to the turnoff to Plateau Beech
  • Follow for approximately 2.8km to Plateau Beech campground

Road quality

  • Unsealed roads

Vehicle access

  • 2WD vehicles (no long vehicle access)

Weather restrictions

  • Dry weather only

Parking

Parking is available at Plateau Beech campground.

Best times to visit

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

Autumn

Bathe in warm days and huddle around the campfire on cool nights at one of the remote campgrounds.

Spring

See the bushland burst with colour as the spring wildflowers attract a range of birds.

Summer

Escape the crowds and the coastal heat and enjoy walking in cool temperate rainforest.

Winter

Experience crystal clear days and crisp early morning frosts. Listen out for the night-time territorial calls of large forest owls from your tent.

Weather, temperature and rainfall

Summer temperature

Average

16°C and 29°C

Highest recorded

42.2°C

Winter temperature

Average

5°C and 20°C

Lowest recorded

-5.1°C

Rainfall

Wettest month

February

Driest month

July

The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

706.8mm

Facilities

  • Water is not available at this campground.
  • Firewood is not provided and should not be collected from the park.

Toilets

  • Non-flush toilets

Picnic tables

Barbecue facilities

  • Wood barbecues (bring your own firewood)

Maps and downloads

Safety messages

Bushwalking safety

If you're keen to head out on a longer walk or a backpack camp, always be prepared. Read these bushwalking safety tips before you set off on a walking adventure in national parks.

If you’re bushwalking in this park, it’s a good idea to bring a topographic map and compass, or a GPS.

Camping safety

Whether you're pitching your tent on the coast or up on the mountains, there are many things to consider when camping in NSW national parks. Find out how to stay safe when camping.

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 Plus 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).

River and lake safety

The aquatic environment around rivers, lakes and lagoons can be unpredictable. If you're visiting these areas, take note of these river and lake safety tips.

Accessibility

Disability access level - hard

Wheelchairs can access this area with some difficulty.

Prohibited

Generators

Generators are not permitted in this campground.

Pets

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

Smoking

NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

Learn more

Plateau Beech campground is in Werrikimbe National Park. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

Abundant landscapes

Platypus Pools walk, Werrikimbe National Park. Photo: John Spencer

You'll find three different rainforest types; cool temperate, warm temperate and subtropical. The park also contains significant endangered ecological communities, like at Bishops Swamp and Racecourse Swamp. Head to Mooraback campground to see the snow gum woodland that is slowly regenerating from over 100 years of grazing.

Thousands of species

Eastern grey kangaroos (Macropus giganteus), Werrikimbe National Park. Photo: John Spencer

There are close to 1,000 plant species found in Werrikimbe, including nearly 30 that are listed as rare or threatened. The diverse landscapes of Werrikimbe are home to a wide range of wildlife including around 52 species of mammals, over 120 bird species and 48 species of reptiles and amphibians. You'll see bandicoots, eastern grey kangaroos and wallabies including the rare parma wallaby, sometimes seen around Brushy Mountain. You'll also find a range of forest birds such as eastern yellow robins, scarlet robins, grey and rufous fantails. If you're lucky, you might spot rare species such as the olive whistler, rufous scrub-bird and sooty owl.

Traditional lands of the Dungutti People

Platypus Pools walk, Werrikimbe National Park. Photo: John Spencer

When you're exploring the beautiful mountains, rivers and bushlands of Werrikimbe National Park, you're on the traditional lands of the Dungutti Aboriginal People. Aboriginal groups continue to have an active role in the management of the park. There are a number of important sites in the park that show that Dungutti people are the original inhabitants of this land, including several stone arrangements and surface deposits of stone artefacts.

World Heritage wonder

Lookout over the wilderness, Werrikimbe National Park. Photo: John Spencer

The rainforests in Werrikimbe National Park are part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area; the most extensive strip of diverse rainforest anywhere on earth. This World Heritage Area is a direct window into the past and the future, providing a link to the ancient pre-human world and an irreplaceable record of life on our planet. Explore the rainforest on one of the park's many walking tracks, like King Fern walking track from Plateau Beech campground. Discover ancient Antarctic beech trees and listen for the lyrebird whose mimicking calls ring out through the rainforest.

  • Carabeen walk Discover World Heritage Gondwana Rainforest on Carabeen walk, in Werrikimbe National Park. This short, family-friendly walk loops past majestic yellow carabeen trees, near Walcha.

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