Woody Creek walking track
Everlasting Swamp National Park
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.
Download the app and bring the wildlife and history of this vast wetland to life. Enjoy the thrill of spotting brolgas or black-necked storks as you kayak along Sportsmans Creek, or cycle beside Woody and Reedy creeks. Listen to bird calls and learn more about these important floodplains.
Things to do:
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.
- National Parks Contact Centre
- 7am to 7pm daily
- 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS) for the cost of a local call within Australia excluding mobiles
- Grafton office
- Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 4.30pm.
- 02 6641 1500
- Level 4, 49 Victoria Street, Grafton NSW 2460
- in Everlasting Swamp National Park in the North Coast region
Everlasting Swamp National Park is open all year, but may have to close at times due to weather conditions or fire danger.