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Moore Park picnic area

Moore Park Nature Reserve

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Moore Park picnic area is in Moore Park Nature Reserve. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

First inhabitants

Moore Park Nature Reserve. Photo: Stephen King/OEH

This region of northern NSW is the home of the Githabul Aboriginal people, for whom the rainforest was an extremely important source of food. There are several known sacred sites in the Northern Rivers area.

Flying high

Grey headed flying fox (Pteropus poliocephalus), Moore Park Nature Reserve. Photo: OEH

Moore Park Nature Reserve is also a well-known birdwatching area, with species including the tiny varied sittella (also called nuthatches), rose-crowned fruit dove, the barred cuckoo-shrike and the ground-dwelling bush hen. The reserve is also an essential habitat for winged mammals, with both grey-headed flying foxes and endangered black flying foxes raising their young in a canopy nursery from October to May.

  • Moore Park picnic area Moore Park picnic area offers basic facilities for a leisurely lunch, with terrific opportunities for birdwatching and viewing the large flying fox population.

Fragile forest

Moore Park Nature Reserve. Photo: OEH

Much of the landscape around here would have resembled that of Moore Park Nature Reserve before extensive logging and clearing took place during the 20th century. Now, this 14-hectare reserve represents one of the last remnants of the once much-larger Boyd's Scrub, the most important example of black bean rainforest in the state. Robert J Moore, who was the Kyogle Shire Council president from 1920 to 1936, played a leading role in the council's purchase of what remained of Boyd's Scrub and the reserve is now named in his honour. 

  • Moore Park picnic area Moore Park picnic area offers basic facilities for a leisurely lunch, with terrific opportunities for birdwatching and viewing the large flying fox population.

Meeting spot

Moore Park picnic area, Moore Park Nature Reserve. Photo: OEH

Even before this park was created in 1989, it was an important place for the local community, who have enjoyed its serenity and scenery for decades. Many families would gather here and hold functions in what is now the picnic area beside the Richmond River. The area remains a popular destination for picnics and bird watching.

  • Moore Park picnic area Moore Park picnic area offers basic facilities for a leisurely lunch, with terrific opportunities for birdwatching and viewing the large flying fox population.

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Moore Park picnic area, Moore Park Nature Reserve. Photo: OEH