Big Hill Rainforest walking track

Limeburners Creek National Park

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Overview

Discover lush rainforest, rocky headlands, spectacular views and abundant wildlife along Big Hill Rainforest walking track.

Where
Limeburners Creek National Park
Distance
1.4km loop
Time suggested
45min - 1hr
Grade
Grade 4
Entry fees
Park entry fees apply
What to
bring
Hat, sunscreen, drinking water
Please note
Remember to take your binoculars if you want to birdwatch or whale watch.

Starting at the picnic area by the beach, this short loop trail winds around the top of the headland, providing sweeping views of the pristine coastline and rocky shores below.

Find a spot on the headland to sit and take in the untouched beauty around you. In winter and spring, it also makes for a great vantage point for whalewatching.

The walk meanders through low heath vegetation and pandanus palms before taking you into rare coastal rainforest. The strangler figs, coastal blackbutt and large variety of rainforest species create a striking backdrop for the abundance of wildlife and birds you’ll find in the rainforest. At sunset, you might even see microbats flying through the canopy.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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Park info

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Big Hill Rainforest walking track.

Track grading

Grade 4

Learn more about the grading system Features of this track
  • Time

    45min - 1hr

  • Quality of markings

    Limited signage

  • Gradient

    Short steep hills

  • Distance

    1.4km loop

  • Steps

    Occasional steps

  • Quality of path

    Formed track, some obstacles

  • Experience required

    No experience required

Getting there and parking

Get driving directions

Get directions

    Big Hill Rainforest walking track is in the northern precinct of Limeburners Creek National Park. To get there:

    • Drive towards Crescent Head from Kempsey
    • As you enter Crescent Head village, turn right into Point Plomer Road, also known as Bakers Road.
    • Continue for approximately 14km along gravel road to Big Hill

    Park entry points

    Parking

    Parking is available, near Big Hill beach and Melaleuca campground.

    Best times to visit

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

    Spring

    Watch the heathland wildflowers burst with colour and enjoy long walks on the beach as you look out for whales in the distance.

    Summer

    Take the kids to Point Plomer for a family holiday by the beach, swimming by day and discovering the star-filled skies by night.

    Winter

    Take advantage of the better surf conditions in winter and a chance to spot whales on their migration north.

    Weather, temperature and rainfall

    Summer temperature

    Average

    17°C and 26°C

    Highest recorded

    42.3°C

    Winter temperature

    Average

    7°C and 19°C

    Lowest recorded

    0°C

    Rainfall

    Wettest month

    February

    Driest month

    August

    The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

    1387.6mm

    Facilities

    Drinking water is not available in this area, so it’s a good idea to bring your own.

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    Safety messages

    Beach safety

    Beaches in this park are not patrolled, and can sometimes have strong rips and currents. These beach safety tips will help you and your family stay safe in the water.

    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.

    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).

    Permitted

    Fishing

    A current NSW recreational fishing licence is required when fishing in all waters.

    Pets

    Dogs are permitted in the adjacent Goolawah Regional Park.

    Prohibited

    Gathering firewood

    Smoking

    NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

    Learn more

    Big Hill Rainforest walking track is in Limeburners Creek National Park. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

    A place of historic heritage

    Coastal views from Point Plomer Headland, Limeburners Creek National Park. Photo: Barbara Webster

    Back in the early days of the Port Macquarie penal settlement, lime for building mortar was in great demand. They used to collect and burn enormous quantities of oyster shells from this area, giving the park its unusual name. Many of the landmarks in the park were named after some of the more colourful pioneers of the past. Barries Bay was originally a whaling station, named after the Barrie family who lived there for many years. Big Hill was named after Kevin Hill, reputedly a hermit who lived on the northwest side of the hill during the Great Depression of the 1930s.

    Strong Aboriginal cultural connections

    Plomer Beach, Limeburners Creek National Park. Photo: Michael van Ewijk

    The Dunghutti People from Kempsey and the Biripai people from Port Macquarie continue to have a strong connection with the area surrounding Limeburners Creek. Point Plomer and Big Hill in particular are Aboriginal sites of outstanding significance. Several sites and artefacts tracing Aboriginal settlement in this region back to at least 6,000 years have been found, including burial sites, shell middens, a quarry for stone tool production and axe grinding grooves in rock outcrops around Point Plomer.

    Wildlife and bird watching haven

    Bird, Limeburners Creek National Park. Photo: Barbara Webster

    Limeburners Creek National Park is a hot spot for animals. Spotted tail quoll, dingos, butterflies, micro bats, giant pythons and even brolgas make their home here. Birdwatchers will also be in heaven. You'll see rare pied oystercatchers and little terns along beaches, osprey and other large birds of prey circling above and migratory seabirds on their journey north. You might also see the rare ground parrot out in the grass and heathlands.

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