Mummel Forest Road

Mummel Gulf National Park

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Overview

Mummel Forest Road is a scenic car touring route between Wauchope and Walcha that offers forest views and opportunities for cycling, picnics and bushwalking.

Where
Mummel Gulf National Park
Distance
17km one-way
Time suggested
19min
Please note
  • The weather in this area can be extreme and unpredictable and this park is in a remote location, so please ensure you're thoroughly prepared, bring appropriate clothing and equipment and advise a family member or friend of your travel plans.
  • There is limited mobile reception in this park

Whether you’re looking for a scenic drive, or heading to the park for a weekend of camping and bushwalking, Mummel Forest Road offers a great opportunity for an enjoyable nature getaway.

Suitable for 2WD (dry weather only), it’s a scenic car touring or cycling route between Wauchope and Walcha that traverses 17km of the beautiful mountain forest for which Mummel Gulf National Park is so well-known. With beautiful forest vistas and places to picnic along the way, it makes a picturesque alternative to driving on the main roads.

Enjoy the cooler temperatures in the forest during summer, and in winter you’ll probably see snow alongside the road.  You’re also likely to see wildlife like swamp wallabies, red-necked wallabies and wombats along the roadside, especially at dusk and early morning. You might even catch a glimpse of a lyrebird as they dart back into the forest.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Mummel Forest Road.

Getting there and parking

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Get directions

    Mummel Forest Road is in Mummel Gulf National Park. To get there:

    • From Oxley Highway, take Enfield Road and drive for approximately 12km, turning right into Mummel Forest Road.
    • From Nowendoc, take Brackendale Road and then turn right onto Mummel Forest Road.

    Best times to visit

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

    Spring

    The forest is in bloom in spring; keep an eye out for greenhood orchids on the forest floor.

    Summer

    Take advantage of the forest shade while the coast and western slopes are hot. At night, boobook owls can be heard milling about the campground.

    Winter

    Light snow sometimes falls in winter, combining with misty mornings to create an evocative atmosphere.

    Weather, temperature and rainfall

    Summer temperature

    Average

    17°C and 28.5°C

    Highest recorded

    42.2°C

    Winter temperature

    Average

    6.1°C and 19.2°C

    Lowest recorded

    -5.1°C

    Rainfall

    Wettest month

    January

    Driest month

    July

    The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

    234.6mm

    Facilities

    • There is limited water available in this park, so it's a good idea to bring your own.
    • Visitors are encouraged to bring gas or fuel stoves, especially in summer during the fire season.

    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.

    Cycling safety

    Hundreds of cyclists head to our national parks for fun and adventure. If you're riding your bike through a national park, read these mountain biking and cycling safety tips.

    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).

    Prohibited

    Gathering firewood

    Firewood may not be collected from the park.

    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.

    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).

    Smoking

    NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

    Learn more

    Mummel Forest Road is in Mummel Gulf National Park. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

    Forests worth protecting

    New Country Swamp campground, Mummel Gulf National Park. Photo: John Spencer

    What were the anti-logging protesters trying to protect? Mummel Gulf National Park is notable for its wide variety of plant life, not to mention the animals which rely on the biodiversity. Your visit will expose you to everything from sclerophyll forests to warm temperate rainforests, and, if you're lucky, ant orchids and greenhoods - both threatened species.

    • Mummel Forest Road Mummel Forest Road is a scenic car touring route between Wauchope and Walcha that offers forest views and opportunities for cycling, picnics and bushwalking.

    The journey of John Oxley, the legacy of logging

    Mummel Gulf track, Mummel Gulf National Park. Photo: John Spencer

    The famous explorer John Oxley would have travelled in the vicinity of Mummel Gulf National Park on his crossing from Apsley Falls to the coast in 1818. Later, though little evidence remains, small-scale mining and grazing took place in the area. More notable are the logging trails - logging here ultimately caused a series of protests in the 1990s, which resulted in the creation of many national parks in the north-east of NSW.

    The lost Aboriginal connection

    Panhandle fire trail, Mummel Gulf National Park. Photo: John Spencer

    The difficult terrain in Mummel Gulf National Park poses a challenge to more than just adventurous hikers. There are very few recorded Aboriginal sites in the area because of the complexities of surveying. This doesn't mean they don't exist, though: Aboriginal people may have moved through the area as they crossed between the tablelands and the coast. They may also have lived in the area permanently, drawing on the land and water biodiversity to inform their spiritual beliefs and cultural identity.

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