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Carabeen walk

Werrikimbe National Park

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Discover World Heritage Gondwana Rainforest on Carabeen walk, in Werrikimbe National Park. This short, family-friendly walk loops past majestic yellow carabeen trees, near Walcha.

No wheelchair access
1.8km loop
Time suggested
Grade 3
What to
Hat, sunscreen, raincoat, snacks, drinking water, sturdy shoes, suitable clothing
Please note
Carrabeen track overlaps with the start of Mesa trail, a challenging 8hr return hike that requires a high level of fitness.

Starting from Cobcroft picnic area, this loop walk is a beautiful self-guided tour of Werrikimbe National Park's ancient rainforest diversity, suitable for all ages.

Listen for lyrebirds' mimicking calls as you stroll through tall open groves of New England blackbutt and eucalypts. Then dip into cool gullies where blue gums tower over an understorey of tree ferns.

Scattered throughout are yellow carabeen trees, that give this track its name. Slow growing, yet often the forest's highest trees, their large, wide root buttresses straddle the forest floor and can extend 2-5m up the trunk.

Come in spring to see carabeen trees burst into flower with creamy white blossoms. It's also a great time to see wildflowers throughout the park, and spot the birds they attract.

After your walk enjoy lunch at the picnic area. If you're feeling adventurous, Carabeen walk is easily combined with the longer Mesa trail, an ambitious 8hr trek for fit hikers.

Keen to explore more? Pitch your tent at Mooraback campground, among snow gum woodland. You’ll wake refreshed and ready to discover more of the Mid North Coast hinterland, including neighbouring Oxley Wild Rivers National Park.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info


  • Visitors sitting at the picnic tables at Cobcroft picnic area. Photo: Josh Smith © DPE

    Cobcroft picnic area

    Cobcroft picnic area is in Werrikimbe National Park, near Walcha, at the start of family-friendly Carabeen walk. Set in beautiful Gondwana rainforest, it’s the perfect spot for a snack before your walk.


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Explore the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area in our NSW national parks. Enjoy guided tours, walks, waterfalls, scenic drives, and accommodation surrounded by ancient landscapes.

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