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Victoria Park boardwalk

Victoria Park Nature Reserve

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Victoria Park boardwalk is in Victoria Park Nature Reserve. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

Ancient wisdom

Jointed balogjhia, Victoria Park Nature Reserve. Photo: OEH

Learn about the unique relationship the local Aboriginal people have with the Big Scrub. On a series of informative displays along the boardwalk, discover how the Widjabul people of the Bundjalung nation used rainforest plants for food and medicine. Even the leaves of the strangler fig had a use; as a polish for wooden tools.

Rainforest dwellers

Bangalow palm (Archontophoenix cunninghamiana), Victoria Park Nature Reserve. Photo: OEH

The diverse sub-tropical rainforest found in the reserve is host to a range of wildlife, such as red-legged pademelons, bandicoots, green catbirds and crested hawks. While some of the forest residents are quite shy, the curious eastern yellow robin flitters from tree to tree and takes an active interest in visitors. Look for broken empty shells scattered near a flat rock and the noisy pitta won't be too far away.

  • Victoria Park boardwalk The family will enjoy the short and accessible Victoria Park boardwalk, near Lismore, offering wildlife and birdwatching as well as Aboriginal history of the rainforest.

Tree museum

Forest, Victoria Park Nature Reserve. Photo: Shane Ruming

Victoria Park Nature Reserve is one of six reserves that protect the remnants of the original Big Scrub. They are the surviving stands of what was once the largest area of sub-tropical rainforest in Australia, with over 150 species of trees including white booyong, red bean, Morton Bay fig and the extremely rare jointed baloghia. In 1975, plans to double the size of the reserve began, and now you'll be able to see regenerated rainforest as well as some of the original giants that were saved from the axe.

  • Victoria Park boardwalk The family will enjoy the short and accessible Victoria Park boardwalk, near Lismore, offering wildlife and birdwatching as well as Aboriginal history of the rainforest.

Young and old

Victoria Park picnic area, Victoria Park Nature Reserve. Photo: OEH

Victoria Park Nature Reserve provides a quality nature experience for everyone, catering for all ages. The boardwalk, designed for prams and wheelchairs, meanders through lush tropical rainforest. With a communal galley, shaded picnic tables and accessible facilities, anyone can relax and enjoy a picnic or barbecue.

  • Victoria Park boardwalk The family will enjoy the short and accessible Victoria Park boardwalk, near Lismore, offering wildlife and birdwatching as well as Aboriginal history of the rainforest.
  • Victoria Park picnic area Take the family to the wheelchair-accessible Victoria Park picnic area for a relaxing barbecue and a walk in the rainforest, near Alstonville.

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Victoria Park picnic area, Victoria Park Nature Reserve. Artist: NSW Government