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Warrell Creek

Gaagal Wanggaan (South Beach) National Park

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Warrell Creek offers opportunities for kayaking, canoeing and fishing, with nearby places to picnic and secluded camping sites

What to
Hat, sunscreen, drinking water
Please note
  • Remember to take your binoculars if you want to go birdwatching.

It takes very little effort to escape the hustle and bustle in Gaagal Wanggaan National Park. On quiet days, when fishing boats are few, you’ll have the estuary almost to yourself. Bring binoculars for a bit of birdwatching in the rainforest: white-faced herons and egrets like to forage through the mangroves, and sea eagles often cycle overhead, coming to rest in a plum pine tree or snow wood.

For something a little more vigorous, take advantage of Warrell Creek by canoeing or kayaking from one of the three access points in the park. Weir Reserve and Gumma Crossing Reserve both have boat ramps; Warrell Creek picnic area offers access as well as picnic tables to turn your paddle into a full-day excursion. Bring lunch and settle down to listen to the wading birds, or pack a fishing rod and try your luck in the creek.

Almost any time of year is a great time to visit, though late summer and early autumn can be slightly rainy – it’s a good idea to check the weather before you set out. Also, stay upstream of the creek junction with Nambucca River, where tidal currents can be dangerous.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info


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A family walk a boardwalk section of Bouddi coastal walk, Bouddi National Park. Photo: John Spencer/OEH.

Conservation program:

Gaagal Wanggaan (South Beach) National Park joint management program

Gaagal Wanggaan (South Beach) National Park is jointly managed by the Aboriginal people of the Nambucca Valley and NPWS. As Aboriginal land, it is leased back to the NSW government. The Aboriginal owners have the main say in the running of the park through a board of management. 

Aboriginal Joint Management, Gaagal Wanggaan National Park. Photo: OEH