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Birdwatching and wildlife facilities

Aboriginal sites

Cafes and kiosks

Canopy Cafe, Dorrigo National Park. Photo: NSW Government

Canopy Cafe

Canopy Cafe in Dorrigo National Park is a great place to eat near Coffs Harbour, offering fresh contemporary cuisine in a stunning forest setting, with all day breakfast and lunch, and great coffee.

Price
Free. Free park entry.
Wheelchair
access
Easy
Where
Dorrigo National Park in North Coast

Canoeing/paddling experiences

Cycling trails

A group of 5 mountain bikers ride through lush forest on one of the Muurlay Baamgala cycle trails. Photo: Jay Black/DPIE

Muurlay Baamgala cycle trails

Choose your own adventure on Muurlay Baamgala cycle trails in Bongil Bongil National Park near Coffs Harbour. There are over 80km of relatively flat trails to explore in a beautiful forest setting – great for kids and all levels of riders.

Price
Free. Free park entry.
Distance
80km of trails
Time
1.5-3 hr
Grade
Medium
Where
Bongil Bongil National Park in North Coast
Double Wharf trail, Wallingat National Park. Photo: John Spencer

Double Wharf trail

Experience the scenic waterways and mountainous forests of Wallingat National Park along Double Wharf trail – perfect for walking or mountain bike riding.

Price
Free. Free park entry.
Distance
5.5km one-way
Time
1hr 30min
Grade
Easy
Where
Wallingat National Park in North Coast

Driving routes

Education centres

Historic buildings/places

Horse riding trails

Lookouts

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Picnic areas

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Surfing spots

Tallow Beach, Arakwal National Park. Photo: John Spencer/NSW Government

Tallow Beach

Tallow Beach is 3.2km from the heart of Byron Bay and a great place for swimming, birdwatching, whale watching, beach fishing, and just throwing down a towel to soak up the sun.

Price
Free. Free park entry.
Where
Arakwal National Park in North Coast

Swimming spots

Tours

View of 4 paddlers in kayaks crossing a calm lake and bushland along the shores. Photo credit: Glenn MacFadyen © School of Yak

Guided kayak adventures at Smiths Island

Spend a day exploring mangrove forests and islands by kayak on this tour of Hunter Wetlands National Park with the friendly guides from the School of Yak. It’s a great way to reconnect with nature in this birdwatchers’ paradise around Smiths Island.

Price
Fees apply. Free park entry.
When
Contact the School of Yak for tour schedule.
Where
Hunter Wetlands National Park in North Coast
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A woman seated on a lakeshore near a moored motorboat looks out over clear waters to a distant shore. Photo credit: Peter Smee © Manning Valley Adventures

Morning on the Myall guided tours

Hop on board a comfortable boat with your friendly guide from Manning Valley Adventures to explore the sublime lakes and rivers of Myall Lakes National Park. Whether your passion is fishing, bushwalking or birdwatching, it’s sure to be a heavenly morning.

Price
Fees apply. Park entry fees apply.
When
  • Contact Manning Valley Adventures for tour schedule.
  • Sunrise starts offer the best chances to see wildlife and enjoy scenery on these tours.
Where
Myall Lakes National Park in North Coast
Operated by
Manning Valley Adventures logo. Photo © Manning Valley Adventures

Visitor centres

Walking tracks

Crystal Shower Falls, Dorrigo National Park. Photo: Rob Cleary

Crystal Shower Falls walk

Walk through lush rainforest to reach Crystal Shower Falls in Dorrigo National Park near Coffs Harbour. Enjoy spectacular views from the rocky cavern behind the waterfall.

Price
Free. Park entry fees apply.
Distance
3.5km return
Time
1 - 2hrs
Grade
Grade 2
Where
Dorrigo National Park in North Coast
Jerusalem creek, Bundjalung National Park. Photo: Rob Cleary Copyright:Rob Cleary

Jerusalem Creek walk

Keep your eyes peeled for birds nesting along the creek along the Jerusalem Creek walk. Enjoy the hike as a day walk or shorter walk and finish up with a picnic lunch.

Price
Free. Park entry fees apply.
Distance
10.3km loop
Time
3 - 4hrs
Grade
Grade 3
Where
Bundjalung National Park in North Coast
Border Loop walking track heads through rainforest in Border Ranges National Park. Photo credit: John Spencer © DPIE

Border Loop walk

Walk the short and easy Border Loop walk through World Heritage-listed rainforest. Enjoy spectacular views from the lookout and finish with a picnic at the end.

Price
Free. Park entry fees apply.
Distance
1.5km loop
Time
15 - 45min
Grade
Grade 2
Where
Border Ranges National Park in North Coast
Brush Turkey track, Woko National Park. Photo: John Spencer/NSW Government

Brush Turkey track

A short but sweet bushwalk, Brush Turkey track begins and ends at Woko campground and gives the hiker an insight into the progressive growth of a dry rainforest.

Price
Free. Free park entry.
Distance
1km loop
Time
30min - 1hr
Grade
Grade 4
Where
Woko National Park in North Coast
Byrrill Creek walking track, Mebbin National Park. Photo: D Hofmeyer/NSW Government

Byrrill Creek walking track

Byrrill Creek walking track is a soothing hike in Mebbin National Park that takes you through sub-tropical rainforest and past large ancient fig trees, ideal for birdwatching.

Price
Free. Park entry fees apply.
Distance
1km return
Time
30 - 45min
Grade
Grade 4
Where
Mebbin National Park in North Coast
Pinny Beach, Wallarah National Park. Photo: NSW Government

Coastal walking track

The Coastal walking track links Caves Beach with the headland just south of Pinny Beach, giving spectacular views over the coastline and ocean along the way.

Price
Free. Free park entry.
Distance
5km return
Time
1hr 30min - 2hrs 30min
Grade
Grade 4
Where
Wallarah National Park in North Coast
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Evans lookout, Blue Mountains National Park. Photo: Kevin McGrath/NSW Government