Coramba Nature Reserve

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Overview

Close to Coramba and Coffs Harbour, at Coramba Nature Reserve you can go walking through protected rainforest along Orara River and go birdwatching.

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Coramba Nature Reserve was created in 1982 to preserve and protect one of the few remaining stands of subtropical lowland rainforest that lies along the Orara River. Today, visitors can walk through this remnant of native vegetation, amongst the towering old-growth trees, under a closed canopy forest that has been successfully brought back to life through a rainforest regeneration project.

Walking along the river, you’ll see a lot of interesting plant life, including white booyong, pepperberry, giant stinging trees and ficus species. In the wetter months, the colours of the funghi are exquisite, with their hues of vivid pink, yellow, white and orange.

There’s no shortage of interesting wildlife here either. You’re likely to hear giant barred frogs on hot summer nights or spot yellow-bellied gliders and long-nosed potoroos any day of the year. There’s also plenty to excite those interested in birdwatching, including wompoo and rose-crowned fruit doves, figbirds, noisy pittas, brown cuckoo doves and white-headed pigeons.

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Local alerts

For the latest updates on fires, closures and other alerts in this area, see https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/visit-a-park/parks/coramba-nature-reserve/local-alerts

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Coramba Nature Reserve.

Getting there and parking

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Get directions

    From Coffs Harbour:

    • From Coffs Harbour, travel 10km northwest via Coramba Road.

    From Coramba:

    • Travel 2.5km north along Orara Way and then turn right into Coramba Nature Reserve

    Park entry points

    By bike

    Check out the Bicycle information for NSW website for more information.

    By public transport

    For information about public transport options, visit the NSW country transport info website.

    Best times to visit

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

    Spring

    Take a walk along Orara River and bring your binoculars to spot native birds, such as wompoo fruit doves, rose-crowned fruit doves, figbirds, noisy pitas, brown cuckoo doves and white-headed pigeons.

    Summer

    Escape the heat with a tranquil stroll through the rainforest down to the river, enjoying cool canopy shade.

    Winter

    When the weather is wet, the mushrooms are in full bloom in the reserve and you'll be able to spot some amazingly bright and beautiful colours.

    Weather, temperature and rainfall

    Summer temperature

    Average

    17°C and 29°C

    Highest recorded

    43.3°C

    Winter temperature

    Average

    5°C and 20°C

    Lowest recorded

    -3.2°C

    Rainfall

    Wettest month

    March

    Driest month

    August

    The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

    388.2mm

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    Safety messages

    However you discover NSW national parks and reserves, we want you to have a safe and enjoyable experience. Our park and reserve systems contrast greatly so you need to be aware of the risks and take responsibility for your own safety and the safety of those in your care.

    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).

    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

    Coffs Harbour (19 km)

    Coffs Harbour is a coastal city on the North Coast, packed with things to do. It's surrounded by lush forests and national parks.

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    Woolgoolga (36 km)

    Woolgoolga is a busy rural service town with a large Sikh population. It features a coastal setting surrounded by banana farms and forested hills.

    www.visitnsw.com

    Bellingen (52 km)

    Bellingen is a laid-back, tree-lined town with a New Age vibe. It's set in a luxuriant valley beside the Bellinger River.

    www.visitnsw.com

    Learn more

    Coramba Nature Reserve is a special place. Here are just some of the reasons why:

    Protected rainforest

    Orara River, Coramba Nature Reserve. Photo: Rob Cleary/Seen Australia

    The reserve, though small, is an important ecological community, as it is one of only a very few remaining stands of lowland rainforest along Orara River and is listed as endangered under the Threatened Species Conservation (TSC) Act. A successful rainforest regeneration program has been carried out to protect the reserve's natural resources.

    • Rainforest walk Rainforest walk in Coramba Nature Reserve, near Coffs Harbour, is a great place to take a delightful stroll and enjoy birdwatching through a rare protected rainforest.

    Interesting wildlife

    Fungi, Coramba Nature Reserve. Photo: Rob Cleary/Seen Australia

    The reserve is the only patch of lowland subtropical rainforest in the Clarence Valley that features white booyong, along with other flood-tolerant species, such as pepperberry, giant stinging tree, and one of the best stands of turnip wood in the area.

    • Rainforest walk Rainforest walk in Coramba Nature Reserve, near Coffs Harbour, is a great place to take a delightful stroll and enjoy birdwatching through a rare protected rainforest.

    Aboriginal culture

    Entrance to the Rainforest walk, Coramba Nature Reserve. Photo: Rob Cleary/Seen Australia

    The reserve's name is taken from the name of the nearby town of Coramba, which is in turn derived from the local Aboriginal Gumbaynggirr name for mountain. The land has once served as a fringe dwelling site and meeting place for the Gumbaynggirr people.

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    What we're doing

    Coramba Nature Reserve has management strategies in place to protect and conserve the values of this park. Visit the OEH website for detailed park and fire management documents.

    Coramba Nature Reserve. Photo: Rob Cleary