Victoria Park boardwalk

Victoria Park Nature Reserve

Overview

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.

Where
Victoria Park Nature Reserve
Accessibility
Easy
Distance
0.4km loop
Time suggested
15 - 30min
Grade
Grade 1
Price
Free
What to
bring
Hat, sunscreen, drinking water
Please note
  • Remember to take your binoculars if you want to birdwatch.
  • To help keep the rainforest free of weeds and foreign matter, please keep to the boardwalk.

Transport yourself to the lush world of sub-tropical rainforests on the short Victoria Park boardwalk. Discover the giant Morton Bay figs and towering black beans, remnants of the original Big Scrub that covered the Northern Rivers region. The path is suitable for prams and wheelchairs and accessible facilities at Victoria Park picnic area, means everyone can enjoy this idyllic spot.

As soon as you enter the shady green cool of the lush rainforest, dappled light filters through the dense canopy. The kids will love birdwatching for the vibrant wompoo fruit­dove and colourful pitta bird. If you hear a scurry in the leaf litter, it’s likely to be the shy red-legged pademelon.

On a series of informative displays, learn how the local Widjabul Aboriginal people, of the Bundjalung nation, used the plants of the rainforest. You’ll find out how the curved sheath of the bangalow palm was used to carry water, and the sap of the strangler fig to heal wounds.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

Current alerts in this area

There are no current alerts in this area.

Local alerts

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/victoria-park-boardwalk/local-alerts

General enquiries

Park info

See more visitor info

Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Victoria Park boardwalk.

Track grading

Grade 1

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

    15 - 30min

  • Quality of markings

    Clearly sign posted

  • Gradient

    Flat

  • Distance

    0.4km loop

  • Steps

    No steps

  • Quality of path

    Well-formed track

  • Experience required

    No experience required

Getting there and parking

Get driving directions

Get directions

    From Pacific Highway (north or south):

    • Take the Bruxner Highway exit to Lismore/Alstonville
    • Take the Alstonville exit
    • Head south along Wardell Road
    • Turn right into Dalwood Road over the causeway, then turn left into Victoria Park Road.
    • Veer right at the ‘Y’ junction and follow the road to Victoria Park Nature Reserve

    Park entry points

    Parking

    Parking is available in the carpark on Victoria Road.

    Best times to visit

    There are lots of great things waiting for you in Victoria Park Nature Reserve. Here are some of the highlights.

    Summer

    Escape the summer heat with a cool stroll along the rainforest boardwalk.

    Winter

    Avoid the crowds and visit during the cooler months; you might even catch a glimpse of the migratory eastern yellow robin.

    Weather, temperature and rainfall

    Summer temperature

    Average

    18°C and 29°C

    Highest recorded

    43°C

    Winter temperature

    Average

    7°C and 20°C

    Lowest recorded

    -3.5

    Rainfall

    Wettest month

    March

    Driest month

    August

    The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

    246mm

    Facilities

    Toilets and picnic facilities are located at the Victoria Park picnic area.

    Maps and downloads

    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.

    Mobile safety

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

    Accessibility

    Disability access level - easy

    • The timber boardwalk is suitable for wheelchairs, prams, and visitors with limited mobility.
    • Victoria Park picnic area has wheelchair-accessible toilets.

    Easy access is free of obstacles such as steps, rough terrain or significant slopes, and may have ramps or boardwalks.

    Prohibited

    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.

    Nearby towns

    Ballina (15 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.

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    Byron Bay (33 km)

    Byron Bay is Australia's easternmost town and 'style capital' of the North Coast. It's a place of outstanding natural beauty, set against lush volcanic hills.

    www.visitnsw.com

    Lismore (16 km)

    Lismore is a major North Coast commercial, cultural and administrative centre. It's set in undulating country on the north arm of the Richmond River.

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    Learn more

    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.

    Education resources (1)

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