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Cedar Park picnic area

Ngambaa Nature Reserve

Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about the Cedar Park picnic area.

Getting there and parking

Cedar Park picnic area is in the southern precinct of Ngambaa Nature Reserve. To get there:

  • From Kempsey, following the Pacific Highway north for approximately 25km
  • Turn left onto Old Pacific Highway, look for the signs for Eungai Creek.
  • Turn left onto Main Street
  • Continue onto Little Tamban Road which becomes Tamban Road
  • Turn right into Elliotts Road and continue to Searles Road
  • Turn right at Searles Road, then right again at Stockyard Creek Road and follow for approximately 1.3km.
  • Turn left into Jacks Road, the picnic area is 1km further on the left.

Road quality

  • Unsealed roads

Vehicle access

  • 2WD vehicles

Weather restrictions

  • 4WD required in wet weather

Parking

Parking is available at Cedar Park picnic area.

Best times to visit

There are lots of great things waiting for you in Ngambaa Nature Reserve. Here are some of the highlights.

Autumn

Take binoculars in the short walk from Cedar Park picnic area, keeping your eyes open for native birds and koalas.

Spring

Take a scenic drive through the reserve, keeping an eye out for wildflowers.

Summer

Have a barbecue at Cedar Park picnic area, cooling your feet in Stockyard Creek.

Weather, temperature and rainfall

Summer temperature

Average

17.4°C and 28.8°C

Highest recorded

43°C

Winter temperature

Average

6.3°C and 20.3°C

Lowest recorded

-1.8°C

Rainfall

Wettest month

February and March

Driest month

September

The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

314.5mm

Facilities

  • 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.

Amenities

Picnic tables

Barbecue facilities

  • Wood barbecues (firewood supplied)

Carpark

Maps and downloads

Safety messages

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.

Bushwalking safety

If you're keen to head out on a longer walk or a backpack camp, always be prepared. Read these bushwalking safety tips before you set off on a walking adventure in national parks.

  • The walking opportunities in this park are suitable for experienced bushwalkers who are comfortable undertaking self-reliant hiking
  • If you’re bushwalking in this park, it’s a good idea to bring a topographic map and compass, or a GPS.

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 + 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 - easy

  • The picnic facilities, toilet, and first 80m of the track are wheelchair accessible.

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.

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Cedar Park picnic area, Ngambaa Nature Reserve. Photo: Rob Cleary