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Myrtle Scrub scenic drive

Cottan-Bimbang National Park

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All the practical information you need to know about Myrtle Scrub scenic drive.

Getting there and parking

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    Myrtle Scrub scenic drive is in the western precinct of Cottan-Bimbang National Park. To get there:

    • From Walcha, follow the Oxley Highway south east for approximately 65km.
    • The western entrance to the drive is on the right at the entrance to the park

    Alternatively, if beginning from Wauchope:

    • Follow the Oxley Highway north west for approximately 90km
    • The eastern entrance to the drive is on the left, keep an eye out for the signs.

    Road quality

    Check the weather before you set out as the road can become slippery when it rains.

    Parking

    Parking is available at the picnic area next to Cells River.

    Best times to visit

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

    Autumn

    Settle down for a picnic at the clearing by Cells River and the magnificent timber bridge, a relic of former forestry management.

    Spring

    Take Myrtle Scrub scenic drive through old-growth wet eucalypt forest and rainforest, keeping an eye out for lyrebirds and bandicoots.

    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

    236.6mm

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    Safety messages

    This park is in a remote location, so please ensure you’re well-­prepared, bring appropriate clothing and equipment and advise a family member or friend of your travel plans.

    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).

    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.

    Permitted

    Fishing

    A current NSW recreational fishing licence is required when fishing in all waters.

    Prohibited

    Gathering firewood

    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.

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