End Peak walking track

Ulidarra National Park

Overview

End Peak walking track is a challenging walk that offers rewarding panoramic views of Coffs Harbour from Ulidarra National Park’s highest point. It’s great for birdwatching and for a picnic with a view.

Where
Ulidarra National Park
Distance
3.2km return
Time suggested
1hr 30min - 3hrs 30min
Grade
Grade 5
Price
Free
What to
bring
Drinking water, hat, suitable clothing, sunscreen
Please note
Remember to take your binoculars if you want to go birdwatching.

If you’re looking to experience nature and get away from it all for a few hours, End Peak walking track is for you. A short drive from Coffs Harbour, and within moments you’ll be surrounded by a rich tapestry of vibrant green colours.

This challenging escarpment walk traverses old-growth blackbutt forest, tall wet forests and rainforests. There are a few steep sections of track, but they just add to the adventure and the challenge.  Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy picnicking from the highest point in Ulidarra National Park, with filtered glimpses of Coffs Harbour.

There’s plenty of native wildlife to admire along the way, including koalas and an abundance of birdlife, so if you enjoy birdwatching, keep your binoculars handy.  Ulidarra National Park is home to 125 bird species, so you’re bound to see something colourful along the way, such as the beautiful satin bowerbird.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

Current alerts in this area

There are no current alerts in this area.

Local alerts

For the latest updates on fires, closures and other alerts in this area, see https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/walking-tracks/end-peak-walking-track/local-alerts

Park info

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about End Peak walking track.

Track grading

Grade 5

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

    1hr 30min - 3hrs 30min

  • Quality of markings

    Limited signage

  • Gradient

    Short steep hills

  • Distance

    3.2km return

  • Steps

    No steps

  • Quality of path

    Rough track, many obstacles

  • Experience required

    Experienced bushwalkers

Getting there and parking

End Peak walking track starts at Sealy lookout in Bruxner Park Flora Reserve. To get there:

  • From Coffs Harbour, travel north on the Pacific Highway for approximately 5km.
  • Turn left onto Bruxner Park Road and wind your way up the escarpment past the banana farms
  • Turn left at Scenic Road and continue to Sealy lookout
  • The walk starts to the west of the picnic area and finishes in Ulidarra National Park

Parking

Parking is available at Sealy lookout in Bruxner Park Flora Reserve, including several designated disabled spots.

Best times to visit

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

Autumn

Take advantage of excellent birdwatching and immerse yourself in nature.

Spring

Enjoy a picnic beside the pristine waters of Bucca Bucca Creek.

Summer

Escape the crowds at the beach and get off the beaten track in your 4WD.

Winter

Climb to the top of End Peak and enjoy panoramic views towards Coffs Harbour and the coast.

Weather, temperature and rainfall

Summer temperature

Average

17°C and 28°C

Highest recorded

43.3°C

Winter temperature

Average

4°C and 20°C

Lowest recorded

-3.2°C

Rainfall

Wettest month

March

Driest month

August

The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

953.1mm

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).

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.

Nearby towns

Bellingen (27 km)

Bellingen is a laid-back, tree-lined town with a New Age vibe. It's set in a luxuriant valley beside the Bellinger River.

www.visitnsw.com

Coffs Harbour (4 km)

Coffs Harbour is a coastal city on the North Coast, packed with things to do. It's surrounded by lush forests and national parks.

www.visitnsw.com

Learn more

End Peak walking track is in Ulidarra National Park. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

Land of Gumbaynggir

Forest, Ulidarra National Park. Photo: Rob Cleary/Seen Australia

As you explore the remote bushland and admire the unspoilt beauty of Ulidarra National Park, you'll be walking on the traditional lands of the Gumbaynggirr People. The park is part of a larger 'men's area' and was once used for hunting and gathering of bush foods and medicines. The area continues to have special significance for Gumbaynggirr people as it connects them with their Dreamtime stories.

Mid North Coast menagerie

Forest, Ulidarra National Park. Photo: Rob Cleary

Along with the adjoining Bruxner Park Flora Reserve, Ulidarra provides important habitats for a diverse range of wildlife, including koalas, masked owls, dingoes and little bent-wing bats. Some 232 native vertebrate species make this beautiful place their home, including 40 different mammals, reptiles, frogs and fish. If you're lucky, you might spot threatened species such as Stephens banded snakes, yellow-bellied gliders and powerful owls. There are also 125 different bird species found in Ulidarra, making it a haven for birdwatching. Amongst the myriad of birds you'll find here, you might catch a glimpse of threatened species such as glossy black-cockatoos, brown tree-creepers, barred cuckoo-shrikes, black bitterns, barking owls, powerful owls, wompoo fruit-doves and rose-crowned fruit-doves.

  • End Peak walking track End Peak walking track is a challenging walk that offers rewarding panoramic views of Coffs Harbour from Ulidarra National Park’s highest point. It’s great for birdwatching and for a picnic with a view.

Park of the people

Forest trail, Ulidarra National Park. Photo: Rob Cleary/Seen Australia

From the early 1880s, Ulidarra National Park and the adjoining Bruxner Park Flora Reserve were used for logging. Throughout the park, you might come across tree stumps that bear the scars of board cuts, a style of tree felling that took place up until the early 1950s. Starting in the early 1930s, local community lobbying for the protection of these areas has seen the protection of Bruxner in 1933, the establishment of Bruxner Park Flora Reserve in 1958, and later the establishment of Ulidarra and nearby Bindarri National Park in 1999.

Precious plant life

Rainforest creek, Ulidarra National Park. Photo: Rob Cleary/Seen Australia

Ulidarra National Park provides an important link between the hinterland and plateau habitats of the World Heritage-listed Dorrigo National Park, connecting the mountain ranges of Tuckers Nob in Bindarri National Park to the coastal habitats of Moonee Beach Nature Reserve and Coffs Coast Regional Park. The park conserves rare lowland rainforest, with species such as red carabeen, booyong and bangalow palms. You'll also find old growth sclerophyll forest with coastal blackbutt and turpentine trees, and small areas of wet sclerophyll forest dominated by brushbox.

  • End Peak walking track End Peak walking track is a challenging walk that offers rewarding panoramic views of Coffs Harbour from Ulidarra National Park’s highest point. It’s great for birdwatching and for a picnic with a view.

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End Peak walking track, Ulidarra National Park. Photo: Rob Cleary