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Helmholtzia loop walking track

Border Ranges National Park

Overview

Helmholtzia loop walking track, in Border Ranges National Park, is a short easy walk through lush rainforest of beech and hoop pines. It also offers great birdwatching opportunities.

Where
Border Ranges National Park
Distance
1km loop
Time suggested
20 - 40min
Grade
Grade 3
Price
Free
Entry fees
Park entry fees apply
What to
bring
Hat, sunscreen
Please note
  • It's a good idea to fill your fuel tank before heading out to the park as the closest service stations are Kyogle, Woodenbong, Nimbin and Rathdowney.
  • The weather in the area can be extreme and unpredictable, so please ensure you're well-prepared for your visit.
  • Remember to take your binoculars if you want to go birdwatching

Helmholtzia loop walking track takes you on a short, easy walk through a beautiful section of Border Ranges National Park. It takes you across pristine Brindle Creek on low bridges and into World Heritage rainforest.

The name of this track comes from the helmholtzia plant that grows in the area. Also referred to as the stream lily, this rare plant is found only in the rainforest of north-east NSW and south-east Queensland. Helmholtzia are large strap-leafed plants which require a reliable water supply and are usually found along the banks of creeks and in gullies.

Helmholtzia loop walking track is also home to hoop pines, stands of Antarctic beech and abundant epiphytes - a plant that grows on another without being a parasite, while sourcing moisture and nutrients from the atmosphere and nearby debris.

Be sure to bring your binoculars along for a spot of birdwatching and keep your eyes and ears out for some endangered frog species including Fleay's barred frog and pouched frog.

Take a virtual tour of Helmholtzia loop walking track captured with Google Street View Trekker.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

 

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A family walk a boardwalk section of Bouddi coastal walk, Bouddi National Park. Photo: John Spencer/OEH.

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Park info

  • in Border Ranges National Park in the North Coast region
  • Border Ranges 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. The park uses a self-registration fee collection system at entry. Please bring the correct change and display your receipt.

    Buy annual pass
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Helmholtzia loop walking track, Border Ranges National Park. Photo: John Spencer