Dunggir National Park
Kosekai lookout offers a scenic lookout over the expansive Nambucca Valley all the way to the coast, with picnic tables and good opportunities for birdwatching.
- Dunggir National Park
- What to
- Hat, sunscreen, drinking water
- Please note
- There is limited mobile reception in this park
- Remember to take your binoculars if you want to go birdwatching
Dunggir National Park is blessed with a rugged terrain of steep rainforest ravines and ridges of soaring eucalyptus trees. Kosekai lookout is one of the best places to appreciate the raw beauty of the place. Perched right near the edge of a major drop, visitors will find a generous panorama over the Nambucca Valley all the way to the NSW coast more than 30km away. Several peaks are plainly visible too, including the impressive Mount Yarrahapinni rising in the distance.
This scenic lookout is good to visit at any time of year, with flowers blooming in the spring. But for particularly crisp views, schedule a stop in winter. Be sure to bring binoculars for birdwatching: rainforest pigeons like the wompoo fruit dove roost in the area.
To stretch out your visit into the afternoon, consider packing lunch, particularly in the warmer months. Supplied picnic tables offer a tantalising reason to settle down with the family and enjoy the stellar view for a little longer.
For the latest updates on fires, closures and other alerts in this area, see https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/lookouts/kosekai-lookout/local-alerts
- National Parks Contact Centre
- 7am to 7pm daily
- 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS) for the cost of a local call within Australia excluding mobiles
- in Dunggir National Park in the North Coast region
Dunggir National Park is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.
All the practical information you need to know about Kosekai lookout.
Getting there and parking
Kosekai lookout is in the central precinct of Dunggir National Park. To get there:
- From Bowraville, drive north west along North Arm Road
- Turn left in to Lower Bucka Bendinni Road
- Turn left into Hanging Rock Road and continue into Dunggir National Park
- Turn left into Kosekai Road and continue for approximately 1.3km to the lookout.
Check the weather before you set out as the road to Kosekai lookout can become boggy when it rains.
- Unsealed roads
- All roads require 4WD vehicle
- 4WD required in wet weather
Parking is available at Kosekai lookout.
Best times to visit
There are lots of great things waiting for you in Dunggir National Park. Here are some of the highlights.
Spring offers the most comfortable temperatures to visit the park, and some hillsides bloom in the unmistakable red of flame trees, particularly around Kosekai lookout.
The crisp air of winter provides the clearest views of the surrounding region, so photographers should come mid-year or in late Autumn.
Weather, temperature and rainfall
17.4°C and 28.8°C
6.3°C and 20.3°C
- Drinking water is limited or not available in this area, so it’s a good idea to bring your own.
- You’re encouraged to bring gas or fuel stoves, especially in summer during the fire season.
Maps and downloads
Disability access level - medium
Assistance may be required to access this area.
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Kosekai lookout is in Dunggir National Park. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:
The steep, often inaccessible terrain means many of the animals that call Dunggir National Park home are difficult to see. But there are a whole range of birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians, and the park features at least twelves species that are threatened or endangered, including the koala, powerful owl, spaghnum frog, and parma wallaby. Keep your eyes open in case you get lucky, and bring a pair of binoculars for superb birdwatching. You're sure to hear lyrebirds and the wompoo fruit-dove as you travel through the varied forest communities and terrain elevations.
- Kosekai lookout Kosekai lookout offers a scenic lookout over the expansive Nambucca Valley all the way to the coast, with picnic tables and good opportunities for birdwatching.
Rich in Aboriginal culture
Dunggir National Park lies within the territory of the Gumbaynggir People - a territory extending from Grafton all the way south to Nambucca River. The park is named in respect to their Traditional Owners, and Gumbaynggir People continue to visit the area today for bush foods and medicines. Many features of the land and waterways, as well as local plants and animals, contribute to a rich heritage of dreaming stories and cultural learning that is passed down through generations. Bowra Sugarloaf, for example, the highest peak in the park, holds considerable spiritual significance. The NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service works with local Aboriginal communities to protect this heritage for the future.