Wingham Brush boardwalk

Wingham Brush Nature Reserve

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Overview

Wingham Brush boardwalk connects several walking tracks for a wheelchair friendly experience in the rainforest. Enjoy birdwatching and see a grey-headed flying fox roosting site.

Accessibility
Easy
Distance
1.9km return
Time suggested
30 - 45min
Grade
Grade 2
What to
bring
Hat, sunscreen, binoculars
Please note
  • The roosting site can be noisy, smelly, and messy with flying-fox droppings. It's a good idea to keep your mouth closed and wear glasses when looking up at the flying-foxes.
  • Try not to make too much noise at the roosting site as it disturbs these protected mammals and can effect their breeding effectiveness.

Wingham Brush boardwalk is a gateway to the incredible world of plants, birds and threatened grey-headed flying foxes in the rainforest. Set out from the carpark at the end of Farquhar Street, along Graham Allen walking track. The wheelchair-friendly boardwalk is raised above the forest floor to protect this Threatened Ecological Community (TEC).

You'll soon connect with Flying Fox circuit, where you’ll find yourself standing directly under a flying foxes' roosting site. Learn about the plants and animals that live here from the informative signage along the way, or just admire the gigantic Moreton Bay fig, stinging, and white cedar trees.

From here, you can loop back to your start point, or continue west along Graham Allen walking track to meet Regenerators walk. Keep your eyes out for land mullets and brush turkeys in the undergrowth and listen for the distinct calls of the green catbird and wompoo fruit-dove.

Why not pack a picnic, make a day of it and enjoy picnicking, swimming and fishing at nearby Wingham River Park? Then, sit by the banks of the river and watch the flying foxes flying out at sunset.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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General enquiries

Park info

  • in Wingham Brush Nature Reserve in the North Coast region
  • Wingham Brush Nature Reserve is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather, flooding, or for the benefit of the flying foxes during breeding.

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Wingham Brush boardwalk.

Track grading

Grade 2

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  • Time

    30 - 45min

  • Quality of markings

    Clearly sign posted

  • Gradient

    Flat

  • Distance

    1.9km return

  • Steps

    Occasional steps

  • Quality of path

    Well-formed track

  • Experience required

    No experience required

Getting there and parking

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Get directions

    Wingham Brush boardwalk is on the Farquhar Street side of Wingham Brush Nature Reserve. To get there:

    • As you enter the township of Wingham, continue on Wingham Road.
    • Turn left into Farquhar Street, then follow to the end, where you’ll see the carpark.

    Parking

    Parking is available at the end of Farquhar Street, where the boardwalk starts.

    Best times to visit

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

    Autumn

    Enjoy the peaceful ambience and see the beautiful autumn colours on the leaves of the white cedars as you wander along the boardwalk.

    Spring

    Wander through the rainforest by day, then, on the banks of the river at sunset, watch the spectacular sight of flying foxes flying out in search of food.

    Summer

    Escape the holiday crowds, enjoy cooler temperatures under the rainforest canopy and see grey-headed flying foxes when breeding reaches its peak.

    Winter

    Keep your eyes out for seasonal altitudinal migrants, such as fruit pigeons, bowerbirds and bats foraging in the rainforest.

    Weather, temperature and rainfall

    Summer temperature

    Average

    16°C and 29°C

    Highest recorded

    45.2°C

    Winter temperature

    Average

    6°C and 20°C

    Lowest recorded

    -5°C

    Rainfall

    Wettest month

    March

    Driest month

    September

    The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

    789.7mm

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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.

    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 eastern section of this boardwalk, from the end of Farquhar Street along Graham Allen walking track and Flying Fox loop, is suitable for wheelchairs, prams, and visitors with limited mobility.
    • This section consists of raised timber and fibremesh boardwalk.
    • Regenerators walk, accessed from the western end of Graham Allen walking track, or from Farquhar Street, is raised timber decking with several sets of steps.

    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.

    Learn more

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

    Biripi country

    Grey headed flying fox (Pteropus poliocephalus). Wingham Brush Nature Reserve. Photo: V Jones

    Wingham Brush is part of the traditional lands of the Biripi people. Prior to European occupation, the Biripi people used the area to collect bush tucker, medicinal plants, and for social gatherings by the river. 'Wingan' in the local Aboriginal language means 'where bats come to drink'. Sit by the banks of the river and you might see bats and flying foxes diving into the river to quench their thirst.

    Friendly flying foxes

    Caterpillar, Wingham Brush Nature Reserve. Photo: OEH

    Wingham Brush is the only known continuously occupied roosting and maternity site for the vulnerable grey-headed flying fox between Bellingen and the Hunter Valley, peaking at over 200,000 flying foxes in the warmer months. They roost by day and fly out at night to feed. Guided in the dark by excellent eyesight and sense of smell, they forage for up to 40km from their roost. Sit by the banks of the river at sunset and you'll see this spectacular sight as they fly out in search of food. Fans of other flying things will love bird watching here too You'll find over 100 bird species here, including the osprey, black-necked stork or jabiru and wompoo fruit-dove.

    • Wingham Brush boardwalk Wingham Brush boardwalk connects several walking tracks for a wheelchair friendly experience in the rainforest. Enjoy birdwatching and see a grey-headed flying fox roosting site.

    The Wingham Brush method

    A huge tree, Wingham Brush Nature Reserve. Photo: Kevin Carter

    Wingham Brush was once pristine rainforest but under European settlement, the area was selectively logged, especially for red cedar. You can still see the remains of two saw pits today from the mid-1800s. Fortunately, in 1909, it became a reserve, with the historic wharf on Manning River. But by 1980, the rainforest was infested with weeds, which threatened its very survival. Thanks to the dedication of the Wingham Brush regeneration team, and what is now internationally recognised as 'The Wingham Brush method', the rainforest has since been regenerated and returned to its natural state.

    Unique rainforest

    Winding tree roots, Wingham Brush Nature Reserve. Photo: OEH

    Wingham Brush is an endangered rainforest community and one of the few remnants of subtropical lowland rainforest in Manning Valley. It has at least 195 species of native plants, including 76 species of trees and 32 different vines. Wander along the boardwalk and you'll see impressive trees like the gigantic Moreton Bay figs, giant stinging tree and shiny-leaved stinging tree.

    Plants and animals you may see

    Animals

    • Grey headed flying fox hanging from a tree branch. Photo: Shane Ruming/OEH

      Grey-headed flying fox (Pteropus poliocephalus)

      The grey-headed flying fox is one of several threatened Australian animals and the largest Australian native bat, with a wingspan that extends up to 1m. Known to inhabit woodlands, rainforests and urban regions, these fascinating nocturnal mammals congregate in large roost sites along the east coast of NSW.

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