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Woody Creek walking track

Everlasting Swamp National Park

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Take a tranquil walk into the heart of Everlasting Swamp on this easy, family-friendly walking track near Grafton. This shimmering wetland in the Clarence Valley is a top spot for birdwatching.

No wheelchair access
5km return
Time suggested
What to
Drinking water, first aid kit, sunscreen, hat, snacks, sturdy shoes, suitable clothing, raincoat
Please note
  • Avoid cycling in Everlasting Swamp National Park after rainfall or flooding
  • Cool, late autumn and winter days are the best times to use this walking track.     
  • Snakes are common in this park, so take care when walking or cycling through long grass.

This 2hr walk is the perfect way to experience the vibrant birdlife that take refuge in this rare coastal wetland. Bring the kids and head to a fishing spot to cast a line when bass are in season from September to April. Or, settle into a picnic on the tree-lined banks of Woody Creek.

Arrive at the park and trail head for a 5km return-walk along Weir Road, or drive along Weir Road into the park until you reach the gravel parking lot next to the park entry sign.

From the parking lot you’ll hike south along Woody Creek on the flat management trail.

Keep an eye out for tall, elegant brolgas, especially in August when you might be lucky enough to see their courtship dances.

After about 1.5km the trail crosses a branch of Woody Creek. Continue for another 200m, cross another branch of the creek over a small bridge, then walk for 1km along the other side of Woody Creek.

The track ends just past Woody Creek’s junction with Reedy Creek. Before turning back, linger for a while to watch wedge-tailed eagles circle overhead. Turn back to walk the way you came.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

Things to do:

Sportsmans Creek canoe trail

Canoe, kayak and fish the tranquil waters of Sportsmans Creek in Everlasting Swamp National Park. Perfect for families, this easy flat-water paddle takes you back to nature in a birdwatcher’s paradise beside the Clarence River.

Group canoeing upstream on Sportsmans Creek. Photo: Jessica Robertson/OEH

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