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Woody Creek cycling trail

Everlasting Swamp National Park

Overview

Take a gentle bike ride into the heart of Everlasting Swamp on this easy, family-friendly cycling trail near Grafton in the Clarence Valley. This shimmering wetland is a top spot for bird watching.

Where
Everlasting Swamp National Park
Accessibility
No wheelchair access
Distance
5km return
Time suggested
1hr
Grade
Easy
Price
Free. Bring your own bikes.
What to
bring
Drinking water, helmet, bike repair kit, first aid kit, sunscreen, hat, snacks, binoculars, sturdy shoes, suitable clothing, torch
Please note
  • Avoid cycling in Everlasting Swamp National Park after rainfall or flooding
  • Cool, late autumn and winter days are the best times to use this cycling trail.
  • Snakes are common in this park, so take care when walking or cycling through long grass.

Cycling is a fantastic way to experience the vibrant birdlife that take refuge in this rare coastal wetland. Bring the kids and cycle to the perfect fishing spot to cast a line when mullet and bass are in season—or settle into a picnic on the tree-lined banks of Woody Creek.

Arrive at the park and trail head with a pleasant 5km cycle along Weir Road, or drive along Weir Road into the park and unload your bikes in the gravel parking lot next to the park entry sign.

From the parking lot you’ll ride south along Woody Creek on the flat management trail. Keep an eye out for tall, elegant brolgas, especially in August when you may be lucky enough to see their courtship dances. After about 1.5km the trail crosses a branch of Woody creek. Continue for another 200m, cross another branch of the creek on a small bridge, then ride for 1km along the other side of Woody creek.

The trail ends just past Woody Creek’s junction with Reedy Creek. Before turning back, linger for a while to watch wedge-tailed eagles circle overhead or explore further by foot along Reedy Creek, toward Teal Lagoon.

Cycle back the way you came, the silence broken only by bird calls and the hum of your wheels on the trail.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

 

Everlasting Swamp self-guided tours app

Download the app and bring the wildlife and history of this vast wetland to life. Enjoy the thrill of spotting brolgas or black-necked storks as you kayak along Sportsmans Creek, or cycle beside Woody and Reedy creeks. Listen to bird calls and learn more about these important floodplains.

Kayakers paddle along Woody Creek in Everlasting Swamp National Park. Photo: J Robertson/OEH

Things to do:

Sportsmans Creek canoe trail

Canoe, kayak and fish the tranquil waters of Sportsmans Creek in Everlasting Swamp National Park. Perfect for families, this easy flat-water paddle takes you back to nature in a birdwatcher’s paradise beside the Clarence River.

Group canoeing upstream on Sportsmans Creek. Photo: Jessica Robertson/OEH
Bird's eye view of the Everlasting Swamp wetland. Photo: John Spencer/OEH