Way Way Creek Road drive

Yarriabini National Park

Overview

Winding through the tall rainforest, across creeks, this picturesque car touring route provides an ideal family day trip or a spectacular day cycling through the park.

Where
Yarriabini National Park
Distance
17km loop
Price
Free
What to
bring
Hat, sunscreen, drinking water
Please note
  • There is limited mobile reception in this park
  • Remember to take your binoculars if you want to bird watch

Winding its way through the tall rainforest, across bubbling creeks, this picturesque drive makes an ideal family day trip and peaceful way to escape the holiday crowds.

Take a scenic drive in the forest, followed by an afternoon in The Pines picnic area. Enjoy the vibrant colours of the wildflowers by the roadside in spring and the striking views along the way.

Why not bring your mountain bike and cycle through the park? Stop for a moment, take a break and look into the rainforest to see ferns, lianas and orchids.

Can't get enough of this spectacular natural setting? Why not take a short detour and drive up to Yarriabini lookout, where you'll be overwhelmed with magnificent views to the Macleay River estuary and Trial Bay.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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Local alerts

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General enquiries

Park info

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Way Way Creek Road drive.

Getting there and parking

Get driving directions

Get directions

    Way Way Creek Road drive is in the northern precinct of Yarriabini National Park. To get there:

    • From Macksville, follow the Pacific Highway south for approximately 5.5km
    • Turn left into Albert Drive and left right into Rosewood Road
    • Continue on Rosewood Road for 5km until it becomes Way Way Creek Road
    • At the end of Way Way Creek Road turn left into Scotts Head Road which connects back to the Pacific Highway.

    Park entry points

    Best times to visit

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

    Autumn

    Take your mountain bike along Way Way Creek Road and feel the refreshing air in the forest.

    Spring

    Enjoy a scenic drive along Way Way Creek Road, with its bubbling creek crossings and vibrant green forest.

    Summer

    Enjoy a picnic under the shade and wander through the cool rainforest at The Pines picnic area.

    Winter

    Admire the colourful banksias in flower along Tower Road as you head up to Yarriabini lookout to see spectacular views of Macleay Valley.

    Weather, temperature and rainfall

    Summer temperature

    Average

    18°C and 27°C

    Highest recorded

    41.7°C

    Winter temperature

    Average

    11°C and 19°C

    Lowest recorded

    4°C

    Rainfall

    Wettest month

    March

    Driest month

    September

    The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

    702.6mm

    Facilities

    • You'll need to bring your own drinking water
    • Firewood is not supplied and may not be collected from the park

    Maps and downloads

    Safety messages

    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 + 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.

    Prohibited

    Pets

    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.

    Smoking

    NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

    Nearby towns

    Kempsey (59 km)

    Kempsey is a historic river town close to national parks and majestic beaches. Kempsey is a convenient place for an overnight stop for anyone driving between Sydney and the North Coast.

    www.visitnsw.com

    Macksville (20 km)

    Macksville is a relaxed fishing and oyster-farming town centre of a rich rural district. It's on low-lying land around the Nambucca River.

    www.visitnsw.com

    South West Rocks (47 km)

    South West Rocks is a sleepy coastal retreat at its barefoot best. It's an oceanfront holiday town on north-facing Trial Bay.

    www.visitnsw.com

    Learn more

    Way Way Creek Road drive is in Yarriabini National Park. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

    Aboriginal culture

    Aboriginal culture tribute, Yarriabini National Park. Photo: G Wallace

    Yarriabini, meaning 'koala rolling', is the Aboriginal name for the prominent coastal mountain that dominates the park, also known as Mount Yarrahapinni. The mountain and the surrounding area is part of an important cultural Dreaming story and very significant to the Dunghutti, Ngambaa and Gumbaynggirr Aboriginal people. Admire the amazing mosaic artwork at The Pines picnic area and see the important connection Aboriginal people have to the mountains, rivers and forests of this park.

    • The Pines picnic area The Pines picnic area in Yarriabini National Park is a relaxing spot for a family picnic. Wander along the rainforest walking track, admire Aboriginal art and relax in this tranquil forest setting.

    Birdwatcher's haven

    Beach and ocean coastline in Yarriabini National Park. Photo: Shane Ruming

    Gazing out from Yarriabini lookout or strolling through the rainforest, you're bound to find an abundance of bird watching opportunities. Listen out for the bubbling  "wom-poo" call of the wompoo fruit-dove and look for its multi-coloured plumage among the Bangalow palms at The Pines picnic area or along rainforest creeks. You'll also find several owl species and other types of rainforest pigeons thriving under the rainforest canopy. You might also spot glossy black-cockatoos feeding on casuarina seeds in eastern areas of the park.

    • The Pines picnic area The Pines picnic area in Yarriabini National Park is a relaxing spot for a family picnic. Wander along the rainforest walking track, admire Aboriginal art and relax in this tranquil forest setting.

    Diverse plantlife

    Beach and rocky headland in Yarriabini National Park. Photo: Shane Ruming

    Yarriabini's unique geographical location supports a remarkable blend of different vegetation types. You'll find tall old growth forests on the steeper slopes around Scotts Mountain and around Mount Yarrahapinni. Wander through the lush rainforest near The Pines picnic area and see the ferns, lianas and orchids that are part of this unique ecosystem.

    • The Pines picnic area The Pines picnic area in Yarriabini National Park is a relaxing spot for a family picnic. Wander along the rainforest walking track, admire Aboriginal art and relax in this tranquil forest setting.
    • Way Way Creek Road drive Winding through the tall rainforest, across creeks, this picturesque car touring route provides an ideal family day trip or a spectacular day cycling through the park.

    Education resources (1)

    banksia, Yarriabini National Park. Photo: G Wallace/NSW Government