Wingham Brush twilight tour

Wingham Brush Nature Reserve

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Experience the magic of Wingham Brush Nature Reserve at twilight. Soak in breathtaking scenery as we meander along the boardwalk while the sun sets over a canopy of flying foxes.


Friday 19 April, 6pm to 8pm and Thursday 10 October 2024, 7pm to 9pm.

Easy. Suitable for adults and children 5 years and over. You’ll walk for 2km along a flat boardwalk.

Adult $20 per person. Child (5 to 16 years) $15 per person. Family $60 (2 adults and 2 children).

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Wingham Brush boardwalk
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Also known as ‘The Brush’, this nature reserve is a significant roosting and maternity site for the vulnerable grey-headed flying fox. Learn about this mysterious mammal as you explore the tree canopy by torchlight. You’ll discover what they eat, where they sleep and how they live in this incredibly diverse environment. 

This family-friendly twilight adventure is fun for all ages. It’s a great opportunity to spot fruit pigeons, bowerbirds and bats from under the canopy of Wingham Brush. You'll be amazed at what you can discover in the landscape with a little help from your guides.

Please wear fully enclosed footwear and bring insect repellent, drinking water, snacks and a small torch to guide you. 


For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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Park info

  • in Wingham Brush Nature Reserve in the North Coast region
  • Wingham Brush Nature Reserve is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather, flooding, or for the benefit of the flying foxes during breeding.

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All the practical information you need to know about Wingham Brush twilight tour.

Getting there and parking

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    Wingham Brush boardwalk is on the Farquhar Street side of Wingham Brush Nature Reserve. To get there:

    • As you enter the township of Wingham, continue on Wingham Road
    • Turn left into Farquhar Street, then follow to the end, where you’ll see the carpark.


    Parking is available at the end of Farquhar Street, where the boardwalk starts.

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    Disability access level - easy

    • The eastern section of this boardwalk, from the end of Farquhar Street, along Graham Allen walking track and Flying Fox loop is suitable for wheelchairs, prams and visitors with limited mobility.
    • This section of the track consists of raised timber and fibremesh boardwalk.

    Learn more

    Wingham Brush twilight tour is in Wingham Brush Nature Reserve. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

    Biripi country

    Grey headed flying fox (Pteropus poliocephalus). Wingham Brush Nature Reserve. Photo: V Jones

    Wingham Brush is part of the traditional lands of the Biripi people. Prior to European occupation, the Biripi people used the area to collect bush tucker, medicinal plants, and for social gatherings by the river. 'Wingan' in the local Aboriginal language means 'where bats come to drink'. Sit by the banks of the river and you might see bats and flying foxes diving into the river to quench their thirst.

    Friendly flying foxes

    Caterpillar, Wingham Brush Nature Reserve. Photo: OEH

    Wingham Brush is the only known continuously occupied roosting and maternity site for the vulnerable grey-headed flying fox between Bellingen and the Hunter Valley, peaking at over 200,000 flying foxes in the warmer months. They roost by day and fly out at night to feed. Guided in the dark by excellent eyesight and sense of smell, they forage for up to 40km from their roost. Sit by the banks of the river at sunset and you'll see this spectacular sight as they fly out in search of food. Fans of other flying things will love bird watching here too You'll find over 100 bird species here, including the osprey, black-necked stork or jabiru and wompoo fruit-dove.

    • Junior ranger: Wingham Brush wildlife walk Walk alongside a NPWS Discovery Ranger and explore a vibrant life under the canopy of subtropical rainforest at Wingham Brush Nature Reserve.
    • Wingham Brush boardwalk Wingham Brush boardwalk connects several walking tracks for a wheelchair friendly experience in the rainforest. Enjoy birdwatching and see a grey-headed flying fox roosting site.
    • Wingham Brush twilight tour Experience the magic of Wingham Brush Nature Reserve at twilight. Soak in breathtaking scenery as we meander along the boardwalk while the sun sets over a canopy of flying foxes.

    The Wingham Brush method

    A huge tree, Wingham Brush Nature Reserve. Photo: Kevin Carter

    Wingham Brush was once pristine rainforest but under European settlement, the area was selectively logged, especially for red cedar. You can still see the remains of two saw pits today from the mid-1800s. Fortunately, in 1909, it became a reserve, with the historic wharf on Manning River. But by 1980, the rainforest was infested with weeds, which threatened its very survival. Thanks to the dedication of the Wingham Brush regeneration team, and what is now internationally recognised as 'The Wingham Brush method', the rainforest has since been regenerated and returned to its natural state.

    Unique rainforest

    Winding tree roots, Wingham Brush Nature Reserve. Photo: OEH

    Wingham Brush is an endangered rainforest community and one of the few remnants of subtropical lowland rainforest in Manning Valley. It has at least 195 species of native plants, including 76 species of trees and 32 different vines. Wander along the boardwalk and you'll see impressive trees like the gigantic Moreton Bay figs, giant stinging tree and shiny-leaved stinging tree.

    Plants and animals protected in this park


    • Profile view of a grey-headed flying-fox flying past eucalupt trees. Photo: Shane Ruming © Shane Ruming

      Grey-headed flying-fox (Pteropus poliocephalus)

      The grey-headed flying fox is Australia's largest native bat, with a wingspan up to 1m. This threatened species travels up and down south-eastern Australia and plays a vital role in pollinating plants and spreading seeds in our native forests.

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