Daisy Plains picnic area

Carrai National Park

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Overview

Visit Daisy Plains picnic area when you travel through Carrai National Park by 4WD. It’s the perfect spot for peaceful lunch when exploring this park’s beautiful forests and steep escarpments.

Type
Picnic areas
Where
4577 Carrai Road, Comara, NSW, 2440 - in Carrai National Park
Accessibility
No wheelchair access
What to
bring
Cooking water, drinking water, hat, food supplies, suitable clothing, sunscreen
Please note
  • Daisy Plains huts are often used by NPWS staff doing maintenance work.
  • Please take your garbage with you.
  • There is no power and some water (boil before drinking).
  • This picnic area is in a remote location, pick up your supplies in advance.

Set among tall stands of eucalypt forest and patches of rainforest, this beautiful picnic spot is very remote. You’ll need to bring everything with you, including firewood, and be sure to take away all your rubbish when you leave. 

A stop at Daisy Plains is easily combined with a 4WD adventure along Carrai and Coachwood trails.The best times to visit are spring, autumn and winter, and the reward is peacefulness you won’t often find. Listen for glossy black-cockatoos calling from nearby trees. If you’re lucky, you might even spot a red-legged pademelon grazing on the short grass. 

It’s also worth making the 25min drive from this picnic area to Mary’s View lookout in adjacent Oxley Wild Rivers National Park. There you’ll feast your eyes on sweeping views over the stunning MacLeay River valley. Botanical enthusiasts will want to keep a lookout for endangered Guthrie’s grevilleas, which flower green, around the edge of the plateau.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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All the practical information you need to know about the Daisy Plains picnic area.

Getting there and parking

Daisy Plains picnic area is in Carrai National Park. To get there:
From Armidale:

  • Take New England Highway south then Oxley Highway east
  • From Walcha continue around 54km
  • Turn left onto Kangaroo Flat Road and follow signs to Werrikimbe National Park
  • Take Mooraback Road, then Racecourse trail through to Coachwood Road
  • Follow Coachwood Road to Kookaburra, where it meets Carrai Road.
  • Continue along Carrai Road for 23km to Daisy Plains picnic area.

From Kempsey:

  • Turn off Macleay Valley Way north of Kempsey onto Second Lane
  • Cross the train line and continue to the end of the road
  • Turn right onto River Street which becomes Armidale Road
  • Drive around 19km then turn left on Temagog Road
  • After 8.5km this becomes Willi Willi Road, continue 17.5km
  • Turn left onto Carrai Road. From here, it’s 46.5km to Daisy Plains picnic area.

Road quality

  • Unsealed roads

Vehicle access

  • All roads require 4WD vehicle

Weather restrictions

  • Dry weather only

Parking

Parking is available at Daisy Plains picnic area.

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Accessibility

Disability access level - no wheelchair access

Permitted

Camp fires and solid fuel burners

Camping

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Fishing

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Learn more

Daisy Plains picnic area is in Carrai National Park. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

A safe haven for native animals

Hastings River mouse (Pseudomys oralis), Carrai National Park. Photo: OEH

Maintaining vast tracts of remote forest, like those at Carrai, is essential for protecting biodiversity and keeping the populations of native animals at high levels. Carrai is known to harbour endangered species like the Hastings River mouse, a rodent that likes damp habitats, and the giant barred frog, which grows to a size of about 12cm and lays its eggs on banks overhanging rivers. Listen for its deep grunt when you stop by a creek.

  • Daisy Plains picnic area Visit Daisy Plains picnic area when you travel through Carrai National Park by 4WD. It’s the perfect spot for peaceful lunch when exploring this park’s beautiful forests and steep escarpments.

From the 1800s

Daisy Plains Huts, an old forestry camp on Carrai Road, Carrai National Park. Photo: Shane Ruming/OEH

In many ways, Carrai’s remote location has protected it from extensive grazing and mining. In 1818, John Oxley was the first European to visit the New England Tablelands, closely followed by cedar loggers. Graziers eventually moved their stock up river valleys onto the tablelands. Both tin and gold were mined in the area until the 1960s, and forestry ceased in the early 90s.

  • Carrai and Coachwood trails Carrai and Coachwood trails combines 2 remote 4WD adventures in Carrai National Park and Oxley Wild Rivers National Park, between Kempsey and Armidale.

Protecting Carrai's wilderness

Rock outcrop in Carrai National Park. Photo: Piers Thomas/OEH

An area of 3,530ha within Carrai National Park has been declared wilderness under the Wilderness Act 1987. Although much of Carrai's forested area has been affected in some way by human habitation - logging and grazing, for example - it's now protected, allowing it to recover. There are three old-growth forest ecosystems in the park, including groves of white mahogany, dry redgum, bloodwood, native apple, and tallowwood. Look for the endangered Guthrie's grevillea, with its green and maroon flowers, as well as epiphytic orchids attached to the trunks of trees.

  • Daisy Plains picnic area Visit Daisy Plains picnic area when you travel through Carrai National Park by 4WD. It’s the perfect spot for peaceful lunch when exploring this park’s beautiful forests and steep escarpments.

Traditional lands of Thunggutti People

The view from Carrai National Park over the upper Macleay Valley. Photo: Piers Thomas/OEH

The Carrai plateau is a special place for the Thunggutti People, with many ceremonial sites that have their origins in the dreamtime. It's believed that Aboriginal people moved from the coastal hinterlands to the New England Tablelands, including parts of what is now Carrai National Park, during the summer months. In the early to mid-1800s, the rugged country at the head of Macleay River also provided refuge for many Aboriginal people.

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