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King Fern walking track

Werrikimbe National Park

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All the practical information you need to know about King Fern walking track.

Track grading

Grade 3

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

    2km loop

  • Time

    30min - 1hr 30min

  • Quality of markings

    Clearly sign posted

  • Experience required

    Some bushwalking experience recommended

  • Gradient

    Gentle hills

  • Steps

    No steps

  • Quality of path

    Formed track, some obstacles

Getting there and parking

King Fern walking track starts from Plateau Beech campground in Werrikimbe National Park. To get there:

From Wauchope:

  • Drive towards Beechwood on Beechwood Road for about 6.5km.
  • Turn onto Bellangry Road and drive for about 18km.
  • Continue straight onto Hastings Forest Way, an unsealed road.
  • Drive 30km to the park boundary, then continue on Hastings Forest Way for another 8km.
  • Turn left onto Cockerawombeeba Trail and drive for 7km.
  • Turn right onto Plateau North Road and drive for 3km.
  • Park at Plateau Beech campground.

Road quality

  • Mixture of sealed and unsealed roads

Vehicle access

  • Most roads suitable for 2WD vehicles (no long vehicle access)

Weather restrictions

  • 4WD required in wet weather

Parking

Parking is available at Plateau Beech campground.

Best times to visit

Autumn

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.

Spring

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.

Facilities

Water is limited or not available in this area, so it's a good idea to bring your own for cooking and drinking.

Toilets

Non-flush toilets are available at Plateau Beech campground/picnic area.

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Safety messages

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.

Camping safety

Whether you're pitching your tent on the coast or up on the mountains, there are many things to consider when camping in NSW national parks. Find out how to stay safe when camping.

Fire safety

During periods of fire weather, the Commissioner of the NSW Rural Fire Service may declare a total fire ban for particular NSW fire areas, or statewide. Learn more about total fire bans and fire safety.

Mobile safety

Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency Plus 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).

Waterfall safety

Waterfalls are beautiful destinations but please be safe when visiting these natural wonders. Read these waterfall safety tips before exploring waterfalls on your next walk.

Accessibility

Disability access level - no wheelchair access

Prohibited

Cycling

Gathering firewood

Generators

Horses

Pets

Pets and domestic animals (other than certified assistance animals) are not permitted. Find out which regional parks allow dog walking and see the pets in parks policy for more information.

Smoking

NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

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