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The Pines picnic area

Yarriabini National Park

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All the practical information you need to know about the The Pines picnic area.

Getting there and parking

The Pines picnic area is in the central precinct of Yarriabini National Park. To get there:

  • From Macksville, follow the Pacific Highway south for approximately 5km
  • Turn right onto Scotts Head Road and follow for approximately 5km
  • Turn right into Way Way Creek Road and continue until you reach the picnic area

Road quality

  • Unsealed roads

Vehicle access

  • 2WD vehicles

Weather restrictions

  • 4WD required in wet weather


  • Parking is available in a roadbase carpark at The Pines picnic area, including 1 accessible parking spot.
  • Mini-bus parking is available.

Best times to visit

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


Take your mountain bike along Way Way Creek Road and feel the refreshing air in the forest.


Enjoy a scenic drive along Way Way Creek Road, with its bubbling creek crossings and vibrant green forest.


Enjoy a picnic under the shade and wander through the cool rainforest at The Pines picnic area.


Admire the colourful banksias in flower along Tower Road as you head up to Yarriabini lookout to see spectacular views of Macleay Valley.

Weather, temperature and rainfall

Summer temperature


18°C and 27°C

Highest recorded


Winter temperature


11°C and 19°C

Lowest recorded



Wettest month


Driest month


The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day



You'll need to bring your own drinking water.


  • Non-flush toilets

Picnic tables

Barbecue facilities

  • Gas/electric barbecues (free)
  • Wood barbecues (firewood supplied)
  • Fire rings (firewood supplied)


Step-free access

The picnic area is flat and step-free, with a single roadbase path that runs through the middle from the carpark to the toilets.

You'll need to cross over hard-packed ground and grass to reach the rest of the facilities.

  • Step-free outdoor pathways

Maps and downloads

Safety messages

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 Plus 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).

River and lake safety

The aquatic environment around rivers, lakes and lagoons can be unpredictable. If you're visiting these areas, take note of these river and lake safety tips.


Disability access level - medium

The Pines picnic area is flat and step-free with the following accessible facilities:

  • 1 accessible parking space in the roadbase carpark
  • Accessible non-flush toilets set at the end of a roadbase path. The toilets have a ramp leading to the entrance.

The path that leads to the toilets is the only pathway at the picnic area. You'll need to cross over hard-packed ground and grass to reach the picnic tables, shelters and barbecues.


Camp fires and solid fuel burners

Gathering firewood


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.


NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

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