Beech lookout

Cunnawarra National Park

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Overview

Head to Beech lookout in Cunnawarra National Park for remarkable views out over World Heritage-listed rainforest.

Type
Lookouts
Where
Cunnawarra National Park
Accessibility
Medium
What to
bring
Drinking water
Please note
  • The weather in this area can be extreme and unpredictable, so please ensure you’re well-prepared for your visit.
  • There is limited/no mobile reception in this park
  • Remember to take your binoculars if you want to go birdwatching

Beech lookout is an absolute must-see spot if you’re visiting Cunnawarra National Park. Here, you can enjoy spectacular views out across the headwaters of Georges River south to Cunnawarra Range, Botumburra Range and beyond into the Macleay River valley.

Just below the lookout are some of NSW’s tallest trees. These majestic forest ribbon gums reach an impressive 70m in height and can grow as wide as 3m in diameter. From here, you can also spot the lush green crowns of ancient Antarctic beech trees.

Keep your eyes out for the many threatened species that call the area home. If you’re lucky, you may even spot a powerful owl or glossy black cockatoo in the trees below, or a wedge-tailed eagle soaring across the skies above. 

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/lookouts/beech-lookout/local-alerts

General enquiries

Park info

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Beech lookout.

Getting there and parking

Beech lookout is in Cunnawarra National Park. To get there:

From Dorrigo:

  • Travel west along Waterfall Way towards Ebor/Armidale
  • Turn left to follow Waterfall Way towards Ebor/Armidale
  • Continue to Ebor

From Ebor:

  • Travel west along Waterfall Way towards Armidale
  • Turn left to stay on Waterfall Way towards Armidale
  • After about 7.6km, turn left onto Point Lookout Road.
  • Continue onto Styx Forest Way

From Armidale:

  • Travel east along Waterfall Way for approximately 65km
  • Turn right onto Armidale Kempsey Road just past Wollomombi
  • After about 20km turn left onto Styx Forest Way

Road quality

Check the weather before you set out as the road to Beech lookout can become boggy when it rains.

  • Unsealed roads

Vehicle access

  • All roads require 4WD vehicle

Weather restrictions

  • 4WD required in wet weather

Parking

Parking is available at Beech lookout.

Best times to visit

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

Autumn

Enjoy the many splendours of the park from the comfort and warmth of your 4WD along Styx Forest Way. Don't miss the easily accessible scenic detour off Waterfall Way.

Spring

Head to Beech lookout on Styx Forest Way to gaze out over ancient Antarctic beech rainforest, including some of the tallest trees in NSW.

Summer

Go birdwatching in the park, keeping your eyes out for threatened species such as powerful owls, rufous scrub-birds and glossy black cockatoos.

Weather, temperature and rainfall

Summer temperature

Average

13°C and 24°C

Highest recorded

32.8°C

Winter temperature

Average

1°C and 13°C

Lowest recorded

-7°C

Rainfall

Wettest month

January

Driest month

June

The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

84mm

Facilities

  • You'll need to bring your own drinking and cooking water
  • You’re encouraged to bring gas or fuel stoves, especially in summer during the fire season.

Picnic tables

Barbecue facilities

  • Wood barbecues (bring your own firewood)

Carpark

Maps and downloads

Safety messages

Fire safety

During periods of fire weather, the Commissioner of the NSW Rural Fire Service may declare a total fire ban for particular NSW fire areas, or statewide. Learn more about total fire bans and fire safety.

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).

Accessibility

Disability access level - medium

  • Assistance may be required to access this area

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.

Smoking

NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

Learn more

Beech lookout is in Cunnawarra National Park. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

Diverse wildlife

Views from Beech lookout, Cunnawarra National Park. Photo: Rob Cleary

Not only is Cunnawarra home to some of the most impressive trees in NSW, it’s also home to an incredible diversity of wildlife.  Among the wildlife you’re likely to spot here is a number of threatened species, including powerful owls, spotted-tailed quolls, rufous scrub-birds and glossy black cockatoos.

  • Beech lookout Head to Beech lookout in Cunnawarra National Park for remarkable views out over World Heritage-listed rainforest.

Explore World Heritage-listed rainforest

Beech lookout, Cunnawarra National Park. Photo: Tony Karacsonyi

Cunnawarra is part of the New England Group of Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area, and was added to the Australian National Heritage List in 2007. It features some remarkable examples of subtropical, warm temperate and Antarctic beech cool temperate rainforest, making it an absolute haven for nature-lovers

The tallest trees in NSW

Cunnawarra National Park. Photo: Rob Cleery/Seen Australia

Cunnawarra boasts significant areas of old-growth forest, including large swathes of well-developed moist eucalypt trees. Perhaps one of the most imposing, though, is a stand of forest ribbon gum that contains some of the tallest recorded trees in NSW.

  • Beech lookout Head to Beech lookout in Cunnawarra National Park for remarkable views out over World Heritage-listed rainforest.