Misty Creek lookout

Guy Fawkes River National Park

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Overview

Enjoy scenic views from Misty Creek lookout over Guy Fawkes River Gorge, near Coffs Harbour, and Chaelundi campground.

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Lookouts
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Please note
  • The lookout is 50m from Misty Creek Road.
  • This park is in a remote location, so please ensure you’re well-prepared, bring appropriate clothing and equipment and advise a family member or friend of your travel plans.

Park yourself on a granite boulder or bench and take a little time to enjoy some truly scenic views over the Guy Fawkes River Gorge at Misty Creek lookout. Here, you can see the interlocking ranges reach far into the distant tablelands.

This beautiful scenic lookout is just 50 metres up a gentle slope from the carpark and isn’t far from Chaelundi campground.

Watch for brush-tailed rock wallabies around Misty Creek lookout and other cliff top lookouts and keep an eye to the sky for hunting wedge-tailed eagles and peregrine falcons.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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All the practical information you need to know about Misty Creek lookout.

Getting there and parking

Misty Creek lookout is in the Chaelundi campground precinct of Guy Fawkes River National Park. To get there:

From Dorrigo

  • Take Tyringham Road through to Grafton/Armidale Road
  • Turn right onto Grafton/Armidale Road, travel 4km and turn left at Dundurrabin onto Sheepstation Creek Road (gravel road starts).
  • 6km along Sheepstation Creek Road, turn left onto Chaelundi Road.
  • Travel 17km along Chaelundi Road, then turn left onto Misty Creek Road.
  • The lookout is 5km along Misty Creek Road

From Grafton

  • Take Grafton/Armidale Road, travel 81km and turn right at Dundurrabin onto Sheepstation Creek Road (Gravel road starts).
  • 6km along Sheepstation Creek Road, turn left onto Chaelundi Road.
  • Travel 17km along Chaelundi Road, then turn left onto Misty Creek Road.
  • The lookout is 5km along Misty Creek Road

From Ebor

  • Take the Grafton/Armidale Road east for 15km
  • Turn left at Hernani onto Marengo Road and proceed for 11km (gravel road starts).
  • Turn right onto Hardens Road and proceed for 12km
  • Turn left onto Chaelundi Road and proceed for 7km
  • Turn left onto Misty Creek Road
  • The lookout is 5km along Misty Creek Road

Road quality

Check the weather before you set out as the road to Guy Fawkes River National Park can become boggy when it rains.

  • Unsealed roads

Vehicle access

  • 2WD vehicles

Weather restrictions

  • All weather

Parking

Parking is available (in a small informal area at the side of the road).

Best times to visit

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

Autumn

Great camping weather when the days start cooling off, yet the water in the river is still warm.

Spring

Look out for native wildflowers around Ebor Falls, including everlasting daisies, native violets and small-fruited hakea.

Summer

Paddle in the creek at Chaelundi campground or swim, canoe or fish on Boyd River at Dalmorton.

Facilities

You’re encouraged to bring gas or fuel stoves, especially in summer during the fire season.

Maps and downloads

Safety messages

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).

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.

Learn more

Misty Creek lookout is in Guy Fawkes River National Park. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

Gold rush

Adams Hut, Guy Fawkes River National Park: Photo: S Leathers

Major Edward Parke named Guy Fawkes River after camping nearby on Guy Fawkes Day, November 5, 1845. Gold was discovered in the late 1800s at Ballards Flat and Dalmorton, with the latter once supporting a town of 3,000 people during a short gold rush. A couple of building ruins remain today and old stockmen huts and yards are still present throughout the valleys.

Routes of time

Views towards Ebor Falls, Guy Fawkes River National Park. Photo: Tony Karacsonyi

Archaeological sites suggest that Aboriginal people have occupied these valleys for over 10,000 years. The Guy Fawkes and Boyd rivers once served as important traffic and trade routes linking the tablelands to the coast. Ebor Falls was traditionally named 'Martiam', which means 'Great Falls' in Gumbaynggir language.

Unique geology

Views across the escarpment, Guy Fawkes River National Park. Photo: G James

The north-south line of the Guy Fawkes River cuts through the Demon fault line, a 240-million-year-old crack in the landscape. In the south of the park the Ebor volcano spewed lava across the landscape. This created the Ebor Falls, with their unusual organ pipe-like rock formations.

  • Ebor Falls A great stop-off between the coast and Armidale along Waterfall Way, Ebor Falls offers spectacular waterfall views, scenic lookouts and a picnic area.
  • Escarpment walk Escarpment walk in Guy Fawkes River National Park is a forest walk that takes hikers past Chaelundi Falls and Lucifers Thumb, all the way to Spring Gully picnic area.
  • Guy Fawkes 50th anniversary campfire yarns Sit around the campfire alongside an NPWS Ranger to celebrate 50 years of the beautiful Guy Fawkes River National Park.
  • Guy Fawkes 50th anniversary walk and talk Put on your walking shoes for this special 7km anniversary event to celebrate 50 years of Guy Fawkes River National Park. Learn about the rich biodiversity and history of this spectacular area.
  • Misty Creek lookout Enjoy scenic views from Misty Creek lookout over Guy Fawkes River Gorge, near Coffs Harbour, and Chaelundi campground.

Wild about species

Ebor Falls, Guy Fawkes River National Park. Photo: Jeremy Little

The park is an incredible biodiversity hotspot. There are over 40 different plant communities and about 1000 plant species in the park, along with 28 threatened plant species, 24 threatened animal species, and significant areas of old growth forest. The endangered brush-tailed rock-wallaby can be seen in the rocky areas of the park, while glossy black cockatoos are often spotted throughout the park. The park is also one of the few remaining areas in Australia where purebred dingoes can still be found. The park is a conservation site for one of the most significant areas of wilderness in northern NSW, extending over 84,000ha of the 107,000ha park. This preserves the biodiversity of the park, allowing its natural ecosystems to be kept free from excessive human impact.

  • Ebor Falls A great stop-off between the coast and Armidale along Waterfall Way, Ebor Falls offers spectacular waterfall views, scenic lookouts and a picnic area.
  • Escarpment walk Escarpment walk in Guy Fawkes River National Park is a forest walk that takes hikers past Chaelundi Falls and Lucifers Thumb, all the way to Spring Gully picnic area.
  • Guy Fawkes 50th anniversary campfire yarns Sit around the campfire alongside an NPWS Ranger to celebrate 50 years of the beautiful Guy Fawkes River National Park.
  • Guy Fawkes 50th anniversary walk and talk Put on your walking shoes for this special 7km anniversary event to celebrate 50 years of Guy Fawkes River National Park. Learn about the rich biodiversity and history of this spectacular area.
  • Misty Creek lookout Enjoy scenic views from Misty Creek lookout over Guy Fawkes River Gorge, near Coffs Harbour, and Chaelundi campground.

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