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Vista Point picnic area

Mount Hyland Nature Reserve

Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about the Vista Point picnic area.

Getting there and parking

Vista Point picnic area is in Mount Hyland Nature Reserve. To get there:

Via Dundurrabin

  • Turn off Armidale/Grafton Road at Dundurrabin
  • Proceed along Sheepstation Road for 6.3km
  • Turn left onto Chaelundi Road
  • Vista Point turn-off is 10.5km along Chaelundi Road

Via Hernani

  • Turn off Armidale/Grafton Road at Hernani onto Marengo Road
  • Proceed along Marengo Road for 11.4km
  • Turn right onto Hardens Road and proceed for 12km
  • Turn right onto Chaelundi Rd and proceed for 800m

Via Old Glen Innes/Grafton Road

  • At Dalmorton, turn onto Chaelundi Road
  • Proceed along Chaelundi Road for 46.5km

Road quality

Check the weather before you set out as the road to Mount Hyland Nature Reserve can become boggy when it rains.

  • Unsealed roads

Vehicle access

  • All roads require 4WD vehicle

Weather restrictions

  • All weather

Parking

Parking is available at Vista Point picnic area.

Best times to visit

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

Autumn

Walk to the top of the summit for spectacular views across world-class wilderness.

Spring

Take the binoculars for some excellent birdwatching as spring heralds the nesting season.

Summer

Escape the summer heat with a refreshing walk through temperate rainforest.

Winter

The crisp mornings are a great time for taking in the majestic views across the mountain ranges from the lookouts.

Weather, temperature and rainfall

Summer temperature

Average

13.8°C and 24°C

Highest recorded

35°C

Winter temperature

Average

4.4°C and 16°C

Lowest recorded

-8.9°C

Rainfall

Wettest month

January

Driest month

August

The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

254.8mm

Facilities

  • Drinking water is 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.

Picnic tables

Carpark

Maps and downloads

Safety messages

This park or attraction 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.

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 - hard

  • Wheelchairs can access this area with some difficulty.

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 OEH pets in parks policy for more information.

Smoking

NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

Vista Point picnic area

Park info

Vista Point picnic area, Mount Hyland Nature Reserve. Photo: Tony Karacsonyi