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Waalimma picnic area

South East Forests National Park

Visitor info

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

Getting there and parking

Waalimma picnic area is in the Waalimma precinct of the South East Forest National Park. To get there from Nungatta:

  • Take the Imlay Road, then turn south onto Nungatta Creek Road
  • Follow this for 8.5km until you reach a T-intersection
  • Turn right onto Poole Road and follow for 16.4km
  • Finally, turn right at Waalimma Road and follow it to the end, approximately 11.8km, and park at the campground.

Road quality

Check the weather before you set out as the road to Waalimma picnic area can become boggy when it rains.

  • Unsealed roads

Vehicle access

  • 2WD vehicles

Weather restrictions

  • All weather

Best times to visit

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

Autumn

Head to the Bombala River in the early morning or late afternoon to see platypuses - look for circular ripple patterns in the water.

Spring

See Nunnocks Swamp and grasslands in its spring bloom glory.

Summer

A great time for a walk in the park – try the easy Goodenia Rainforest walk through a lush gully of ferns covered by a dense canopy of tall lilly pilly trees.

Winter

After a day exploring, get cosy in front of an open fire at historic Alexanders Hut, Nunnocks Swap.

Facilities

You'll need to bring your own cooking water.

Toilets

  • Non-flush toilets

Picnic tables

Barbecue facilities

You’re encouraged to bring gas or fuel stoves, especially in summer during the fire season.

  • Fire rings (bring your own firewood)

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.

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

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).

Water activities

Beaches, rivers and lakes in NSW national parks offer lots of opportunities for water activities. Please take care in the water and find out how to help your family and friends stay safe around water.

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.

Waalimma picnic area

Park info

Waalimma picnic area, South Easts Forest National Park. Photo: John Spencer