Tip to Tail trail

Wallingat National Park

Overview

Tip to Tail trail shows everything Wallingat National Park has to offer while enjoying a day of mountain biking or horseriding.

Where
Wallingat National Park
Price
Free
What to
bring
Drinking water, hat, sunscreen
Please note

There's limited mobile reception in this park.

Go mountain biking or horseriding on Tip to Tail trail and discover Wallingat National Park on an extended ride through the park.

This easy trail takes you on a beautiful journey along the network of public roads and management trails throughout the park.  Ride across undulating topography, through a diverse range of forest types and enjoy scenic views along the way as you look over steep gullies and across to distant ridges.

You’ll also pass some of Wallingat’s most-visited attractions. The views from Whoota Whoota lookout are breathtaking so taking a moment to stop here is a must. Look over vast stretches of eucalypt forest in one direction or gaze across the impressive expanse of Wallis Lake and the rugged coastline in the other direction.

Why not pack a picnic and enjoy a moments rest from the lookout or stop further down the trail at Sugar Creek picnic area for a break.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

Current alerts in this area

There are no current alerts in this area.

Local alerts

For the latest updates on fires, closures and other alerts in this area, see https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/horse-riding-trails/tip-to-tail-trail/local-alerts

Park info

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Tip to Tail trail.

Getting there and parking

Get driving directions

Get directions

    Tip to Tail trail is in Wallingat National Park.  It can be accessed from either direction. To get there:

    From the north:

    • Take Coomba Park Road from Lakes Way, Pacific Palms.
    • Turn left onto Shallow Bay Road and continue down to turn left onto Forest Road
    • Park at the locked gate at the intersection of Reedy Creek Trail

    From the south:

    • Take Sugar Creek Road from Lakes Way, before Pacific Palms
    • Alternatively take Coomba Road off from Lakes Way and turn left onto Thomas Road (4WD access only).

    Park entry points

    Parking

    Parking is available at either end of the Tip to Tail trail route.

    Best times to visit

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

    Autumn

    With temperatures slightly cooler, explore the network of gravel roads by foot or on a mountain bike.

    Spring

    With the wildflowers - including the purple blooms of the velvet mint-bush - coming out, this is a great time for birdwatching.

    Summer

    The weather is warm and sunny, so now's the time to pitch a tent and stay for a few days. Make the most of the boat ramp at Cockatoo picnic area Head to Sugar Creek picnic area and, after lunch, take a walk through the cool forest. .

    Winter

    Visitor numbers are down, so take the car along the park's unsealed roads and discover the forest, rivers and lake.

    Weather, temperature and rainfall

    Summer temperature

    Average

    20°C and 29°C

    Highest recorded

    45.2°C

    Winter temperature

    Average

    7°C and 21°C

    Lowest recorded

    -5°C

    Rainfall

    Wettest month

    March

    Driest month

    Sept

    The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

    280.2mm

    Facilities

    Drinking water is limited or not available in the park, so it’s a good idea to bring your own.

    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 cycling safety tips.

    Horse riding safety

    Before you hop on your horse, learn how to keep you and your riding group safe.

    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

    Bulahdelah (51 km)

    Buladelah is the gateway to Myall Lakes National Park. It's situated on the Myall River, with a backdrop of soaring, forested hills.

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    Forster (15 km)

    Dominated by water sports Forster is the centre of the Great Lakes area.

    www.visitnsw.com

    Taree (104 km)

    Taree is a major mid North Coast city, ringed by superb beaches. It's situated on the Manning River and set against rolling hills.

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    Learn more

    Tip to Tail trail is in Wallingat National Park. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

    Ancient footprints

    Cabbage Palm loop, Wallingat National Park. Photo: John Spencer

    The 6,557ha of Wallingat National Park is part of the identity and spirituality, as well as a resource, for people of the Worimi nation. The Worimi People lived a traditional hunter-gatherer lifestyle and used the leaves of the cabbage palm for weaving baskets and its fibrous bark for making fishing line. They used many of the area's natural resources, including the freshwater lakes, stone outcrops, and the ocean. A central campsite was known to exist in the area now known as Coomba Park, although there are few other Aboriginal sites recorded within the park include the Bungwahl area.

    Fun times

    Gur-um-bee picnic area, Wallingat National Park. Photo: John Spencer

    Whether you're after a relaxing time or something more adventurous, Wallingat is just the spot. Take to the gravel roads either on foot, in a car or on a bike – to explore the forests. You can swim, fish and paddle on Wallingat River. Pitch a tent in the campground and get away from it all for a few days in this naturally beautiful setting. Surrounding some of the picnic areas and campsites, you’ll find magnificent stands of trees. In the southeast corner of Wallingat, there are tall, straight flooded gums, as well as stands of cabbage palms. Find both during a walk from Sugar Creek picnic area. Some rare plants such as the liana woody climber, a climbing species that bears white flowers from August to May, can also be found here.


    • Double Wharf trail Experience the scenic waterways and mountainous forests of Wallingat National Park along Double Wharf trail – perfect for walking or mountain bike riding.
    • Wallingat Forest drive The 25km loop of Wallingat Forest drive, near Forster, is on unsealed roads that meander through forests, and excellent for cars, 4WDs, bicycles, walking and horse riding.
    • Whoota Whoota lookout From Whoota Whoota lookout, easily accessible by car, you can see for miles. Take in scenic views of Wallingat’s eucalypt forests, Wallis Lake and 100km of coastline.

    Life among the trees

    Cabbage Palm loop, Wallingat National Park. Photo: John Spencer

    More than 200 species of birds make Wallingat National Park a home. Walking through forest as well as stands of straight flooded gums, and cabbage palms, you'll hear birds singing. Noisy friarbirds, for instance, have a distinctive 'ya-kob' call, while a 'woop, woop, woop' sound signals the presence of the wonga pigeon. You might see blue wrens flitting through the trees, as well as king parrots and glossy black cockatoos. Wallingat is also a popular spot for the satin bowerbird – the males are black and shiny, the females are a plainer brown. They both, however, have startling lilac eyes.

    • Double Wharf trail Experience the scenic waterways and mountainous forests of Wallingat National Park along Double Wharf trail – perfect for walking or mountain bike riding.
    • Sugar Creek picnic area Sugar Creek picnic area is a family-friendly relaxation spot with easy walking trails through forested landscape, a leisurely drive from Forster and Pacific Palms.

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    Tip to Tail trail, Wallingat National Park. Photo: John Spencer