Gummigurrah walking track
Bundjalung National Park
Situated near Evans Head in Bundjalung National Park, Gummigurrah walking track winds through rainforest and heathlands, offering birdwatching and scenic river views.
- Bundjalung National Park
- 3.3km loop
- Time suggested
- 45min - 1hr 15min
- Grade 3
- Entry fees
- Park entry fees apply
- What to
- Drinking water, hat, sunscreen
- Please note
- Remember to take your binoculars if you want to birdwatch
After a leisurely lunch at Gummigurrah picnic area, put on your hiking boots for a medium walk along the picturesque Evans River. Located close to the Evans Head entrance, Gummigurrah walking track is your ideal introduction to the diverse delights of Bundjalung National Park on the north coast.
Passing through open woodland, lush rainforest and heathlands, you’ll discover mangrove-lined creeks and scenic river islands. Arriving at a shady glen, stop for lovely views overlooking the river. Perfect for birdwatching, you might see pied oystercatchers, white-bellied sea eagles and brahminy kites.
The Gummigurrah area was once used as a winter camp for the Bundjalung people and the remains of a midden can be seen near the end of the walking track. Why not bring the canoe for a paddle along Canoe Evans River paddle route.
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/gummigurrah-walking-track/local-alerts
- in Bundjalung National Park in the North Coast region
Bundjalung National Park is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.
Park entry fees:
$8 per vehicle per day.Buy a pass .
- Alstonville office
02 6627 0200
Contact hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 8.30am to 4.30pm. Closed for lunch, 12pm to 1pm.
- Russelton Industrial Estate, 7 Northcott Crescent, Alstonville NSW 2477
- Email: email@example.com
- Alstonville office
- Woody Head Campground
02 6646 6134
Contact hours: 8.30am to 5pm daily. Closed 1pm to 5pm Christmas Day.
- Woody Head campground, Iluka Road, Iluka NSW 2466
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Woody Head Campground
- Grafton office
02 6641 1500
Contact hours: Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 4.30pm.
- Level 4, 49 Victoria Street, Grafton NSW 2460
- Email: email@example.com
- Grafton office
All the practical information you need to know about Gummigurrah walking track.
Grade 3Learn more about the grading system Features of this track
45min - 1hr 15min
Quality of markings
Quality of path
Formed track, some obstacles
Some bushwalking experience recommended
Getting there and parking
Get driving directions
Gummigurrah walking track is in the Evans Head precinct of Bundjalung National Park. To get there:
- From Evans Head, head south along Woodburn Street
- Take Elm Street across the Evans River
- Take the first right into Bundjalung Road and continue to Gummigurrah picnic area.
Park entry points
- Gummigurrah parking area See on map
Parking is available at Gummigurrah picnic area.
Best times to visit
There are lots of great things waiting for you in Bundjalung National Park. Here are some of the highlights.
Head to Iluka Bluff for a spectacular coastal view of the park, beaches and the mouth of the river – keep your eyes peeled for whales on their return migration.
Escape to the wintersun for a family camping holiday, it should still be warm enough for a swim so remember to bring your cozzie.
Weather, temperature and rainfall
20°C and 26°C
12°C and 21°C
Between January and March
Between August and October
Maps and downloads
Ballina (22 km)
Ballina is a bustling holiday town and service centre and home of the Big Prawn. It's situated at the mouth of the Richmond River, close to superb beaches.
Yamba (30 km)
Yamba is a bustling holiday resort with a large fishing fleet. It's built around a headland at the mouth of the Clarence River.
Gummigurrah walking track is in Bundjalung National Park. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:
An ancient landscape
At Bundjalung National Park you can visit Gummigurrah, an area that was used as a winter camping ground by the Bandjalung People. This park is one of a group where the Bandjalang People's native title rights have been recognised and is only the third determination of native title rights in New South Wales. Native title rights come from the Bandjalang People's traditional laws and customs and legally recognise the Bandjalang People's connection to Country. This means that these lands will continue to be places of ceremony, learning and inspiration for generations to come.
- Gummigurrah walking track Situated near Evans Head in Bundjalung National Park, Gummigurrah walking track winds through rainforest and heathlands, offering birdwatching and scenic river views.
Meet the locals
The varied habitat of Bundjalung National Park is home to over 140 species of fauna. Wake to the morning melodies of eastern whip-birds, bower birds and the rare barred cuckoo-shrike. At dawn and dusk, you might find eastern grey kangaroos, red-necked wallabies and swamp wallabies congregating around your campsites. Scour the tops of nearby trees and you might also catch a glimpse of a sleeping koala or two.
- Iluka Bluff lookout Stay as long as you like to enjoy the views at Iluka Bluff lookout, near Yamba. Not only is it an excellent whale watching spot, it’s also a great place to picnic.
- 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.
Bundjalung protects a variety of environments that feature water, including beaches, rivers, wetlands and lagoons. You'll find different types of plants, animals and birds in each one; look for coast banksia, coast she-oak and coastal wattle on the dunes that back onto the beach. Immerse yourself in this world by canoeing the waterways, rambling in the rock pools and swimming in the ocean.
Plants and animals you may see
White-bellied sea eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster)
White-bellied sea eagles can be easily identified by their white tail and dark grey wings. These raptors are often spotted cruising the coastal breezes throughout Australia, and make for some scenic bird watching. Powerful Australian birds of prey, they are known to mate for life, and return each year to the same nest to breed.
Peron's tree frog (Litoria peroni)
Peron’s tree frog is found right across NSW. These tree-climbing and ground-dwelling Australian animals can quickly change colour, ranging from pale green-grey by day, to a reddish brown with emerald green flecks at night. The male frog has a drill-like call, which has been described as a 'maniacal cackle’.
Emu (Dromaius novaehollandiae)
The largest of Australian birds, the emu stands up to 2m high and is the second largest bird in the world, after the ostrich. Emus live in pairs or family groups. The male emu incubates and rears the young, which will stay with the adult emus for up to 2 years.
Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus)
One of the most renowned Australian animals, the tree-dwelling marsupial koala can be found in gum tree forests and woodlands across eastern NSW, Victoria and Queensland, as well as in isolated regions in South Australia. With a vice-like grip, this perhaps most iconic but endangered Australian animal lives in tall eucalypts within a home range of several hectares.
Lace monitor (Varanus varius)
One of Australia’s largest lizards, the carnivorous tree-dwelling lace monitor, or tree goanna, can grow to 2m in length and is found in forests and coastal tablelands across eastern Australia. These Australian animals are typically dark blue in colour with whitish spots or blotches.