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Hastings Forest Way touring route

North Coast, Country NSW

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All the practical information you need to know about Hastings Forest Way touring route.

Getting there and parking

Hastings Forest Way is in the eastern part of Werrikimbe National Park and the southern part of Willi Willi National Park. It starts in Wauchope and continues up to Brushy Mountain. To get there:

  • From Wauchope, drive through town to the west along the Oxley Highway, turn right towards Beechwood on Beechwood Road, sign posted as Werrikimbe National Park 63kms.
  • At Beechwood, turn right onto Bellangry Road, signposted as Werrikimbe National Park 56km
  • After 17km the road changes from tar to gravel and becomes known as Hastings Forest Way
  • From the start of the gravel travel 37.7km to the intersection of Cockerawombeeba Road and bear right along Hastings Forest Way for 2km. The entrance for Brushy Mountain is on the right.

Please note that access to Werrikimbe National Park is on roads managed by other land holders. Road conditions in these locations may not be suitable for 2WD vehicles.

Road quality

Check the weather before you set out as Hastings Forest Way can become boggy when it rains.



Parking is available along the Hastings Forest Way touring route.

Best times to visit

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


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


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


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


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


16°C and 29°C

Highest recorded


Winter temperature


5°C and 20°C

Lowest recorded



Wettest month


Driest month


The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day



  • You'll need to bring your own drinking and cooking water
  • Firewood is not supplied and may not be collected from the park
  • You are encouraged to bring gas or fuel stoves, especially in summer during the fire season.

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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.

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).



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.

If you're travelling through a national park or reserve on a public road you can have pets inside your vehicle. However, you must keep them inside your vehicle while driving through national parks or reserves. You must also comply with any conditions in the park’s plan of management, and you cannot stop to visit the park or use park facilities (unless for safety reasons, or to use publicly accessible toilets).


NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

Hastings Forest Way touring route

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