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King Fern walking track

Werrikimbe National Park

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King Fern walking track in Werrikimbe National Park near Wauchope is a great introduction to World Heritage-listed Gondwana Rainforests. A 2km loop, it also offers waterfalls and vibrant birdlife.

No wheelchair access
2km loop
Time suggested
30min - 1hr 30min
Grade 3
What to
Drinking water, sturdy shoes, suitable clothing
Please note
  • It's illegal to gather firewood, pick flowers, take vegetation or remove bush rock from NSW national parks. Please use barbecue facilities provided and help us preserve this World Heritage-listed forest by leaving it as you found it.
  • Water is limited or not available in this area, so it's a good idea to bring your own for cooking and drinking.

Step from the open grass of Plateau Beech campground onto King Fern walking track and you'll immediately find yourself in cool, lush rainforest. Savour the deep scent of damp soil and the beauty of sunlight playing through trees.

The diversity of rainforest plants here is astonishing. Magnificent king ferns, crepe ferns, birds nest ferns and a variety of tree ferns are just some of the flora on display. If you look up you can see epiphytic orchids, liverworts and lichens adorning tree trunks and branches.

Part of the ancient World Heritage-listed Gondwana Rainforests of Australia, this area of Werrikimbe National Park also offers babbling streams, cascades and small waterfalls. Be sure to explore the short side tracks leading to King Fern Falls and Filmy Ferns Cascades.

Spring is a great time to visit as the trees burst into bloom, attracting insects and butterflies. This is also a fantastic opportunity to see some of the park's striking birdlife, including eastern yellow robins, crimson rosellas, olive whistlers and superb lyrebirds. In Autumn, after good rains, the park's waterfalls are at peak splendour and vibrant rainforest colours receive an extra boost from lush mosses and fungi.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

Also see

  • Brushy Mountain campground. Photo: John Spencer/NSW Government

    Brushy Mountain campground

    Brushy Mountain campground is set amid tall ribbon gum and blackbutt forest. Enjoy camping, campfires, short walks, fantastic birdwatching and scenic views near Wauchope.

  • Plateau Beech campground, Werrikimbe National Park. Photo: John Spencer/NSW Government

    Plateau Beech campground

    Set among World Heritage-listed Gondwana rainforest, the peaceful Plateau Beech campground offers great picnicking, walking, nearby waterfalls and birdwatching to enjoy.


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