Cunnawarra National Park

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Overview

World Heritage-listed Cunnawarra National Park, 70km from both Armidale and Dorrigo, is a great place for 4WD touring, hiking, camping and birdwatching.

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Experience the diversity of rural NSW at beautiful Cunnawarra National Park, which links the snow gum high country of New England National Park with the scenic ranges of Oxley Wild Rivers National Park.

The park is part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area, and features many incredible vistas to explore on foot, by bike, or in a 4WD. Marvel at the spectacular gorges, cliff lines, and deep, steep-sided valleys of the Great Escarpment, towering eucalypt forest along Styx Forest Way, and ancient Antarctic beech rainforest at the headwaters of Georges Creek. Be sure to check out the view from Beech lookout, where you can gaze down upon some of the tallest trees in all of NSW.

Cunnawarra is popular with travellers seeking a good one-day 4WD touring adventure from Armidale or Dorrigo, as well as campers on their way to nearby Wattle Flat campground in Styx River State Forest. Both Wattle Flat and Georges Junction offer campgrounds that make a good base from which to enjoy quiet forest drives through the remote ranges around the park.

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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/cunnawarra-national-park/local-alerts

Contact

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Cunnawarra National Park.

Getting there and parking

From Dorrigo:

  • Travel west along Waterfall Way towards Ebor/Armidale
  • Turn left to follow Waterfall Way towards Ebor/Armidale
  • Continue to Ebor

From Ebor:

  • Travel west along Waterfall Way towards Armidale
  • Turn left to stay on Waterfall Way towards Armidale
  • After about 7.6km, turn left onto Point Lookout Road.
  • Continue onto Styx Forest Way and return back to Armidale/Grafton Road

From Armidale:

  • Travel east along Waterfall Way for approximately 65km
  • Turn right onto Armidale Kempsey Road just past Wollomombi
  • After about 20km, turn left onto Styx Forest Way.
  • Continue onto Point Lookout Road to return back to Waterfall Way Road

Parking

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.

Weather, temperature and rainfall

Summer temperature

Average

13°C and 24°C

Highest recorded

32.8°C

Winter temperature

Average

1°C and 13°C

Lowest recorded

-7°C

Rainfall

Wettest month

January

Driest month

June

The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

84mm

Facilities

Picnic tables

Barbecue facilities

Maps and downloads

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

Dorrigo (70 km)

Dorrigo is a serene country town and the gateway to Dorrigo National Park. Its close to the edge of the escarpment above the Bellingen Valley.

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Armidale (78 km)

During autumn the parks and gardens around Armidale show their beautiful colours. Enjoy a drive along the Waterfall Way, stopping at waterfalls and craggy gorges in the rugged countryside.

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Guyra (116 km)

Fishing in one of Guyra's numerous and beautiful streams is a great way to relax and get back to nature. You might land a big trout, too! If you're looking for more active pursuits, you're within easy reach of a number of scenic national parks, where rock climbing, kayaking horseriding and bushwalking are just some of your options.

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Learn more

Cunnawarra National Park is a special place. Here are just some of the reasons why:

Explore World Heritage-listed rainforest

Beech lookout, Cunnawarra National Park. Photo: Tony Karacsonyi

Cunnawarra is part of the New England Group of Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area, and was added to the Australian National Heritage List in 2007. It features some remarkable examples of subtropical, warm temperate and Antarctic beech cool temperate rainforest, making it an absolute haven for nature-lovers

The tallest trees in NSW

Cunnawarra National Park. Photo: Rob Cleery/Seen Australia

Cunnawarra boasts significant areas of old-growth forest, including large swathes of well-developed moist eucalypt trees. Perhaps one of the most imposing, though, is a stand of forest ribbon gum that contains some of the tallest recorded trees in NSW.

  • Beech lookout Head to Beech lookout in Cunnawarra National Park for remarkable views out over World Heritage-listed rainforest.

Diverse wildlife

Views from Beech lookout, Cunnawarra National Park. Photo: Rob Cleary

Not only is Cunnawarra home to some of the most impressive trees in NSW, it’s also home to an incredible diversity of wildlife.  Among the wildlife you’re likely to spot here is a number of threatened species, including powerful owls, spotted-tailed quolls, rufous scrub-birds and glossy black cockatoos.

  • Beech lookout Head to Beech lookout in Cunnawarra National Park for remarkable views out over World Heritage-listed rainforest.

What we're doing

Cunnawarra National Park 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.

Cunnawarra National Park. Photo: Rob Cleary