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Rowleys Rock lookout

Tapin Tops National Park

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From Rowleys Rock lookout in Tapin Tops National Park, you can stand over 1000m above sea level and enjoy astonishing scenic views out over the park, Taree and beyond.

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  • 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.
  • There is no mobile reception in this park.

Feel like a bit of a hike with an incredible reward at the end? Then take the 45-minute trek up the mountain to Rowleys Rock lookout, with its unparalleled views out across the park and the ocean beyond.

Once you’re there, catch your breath while taking a seat on the quartzite rock outcrop, and soaking in the 360-degree panoramic views some 1000m above sea level.

From the viewing platform on top of the mountain, you can see the catchment area of Caparra Creek to the southeast and the extensive forested hinterland toward Nowendoc in the west. Just below the viewing platform lies an outcrop of exposed rocks, which is known as ‘Head and Shoulders Cliff’.

You may even spot a wedge-tailed eagle soaring in the sky above you.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info


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