Dunggir National Park
Learn more about why this park is special
Dunggir National Park is a special place. Here are just some of the reasons why:
Rich in Aboriginal culture
Dunggir National Park lies within the territory of the Gumbaynggir People - a territory extending from Grafton all the way south to Nambucca River. The park is named in respect to their Traditional Owners, and Gumbaynggir People continue to visit the area today for bush foods and medicines. Many features of the land and waterways, as well as local plants and animals, contribute to a rich heritage of dreaming stories and cultural learning that is passed down through generations. Bowra Sugarloaf, for example, the highest peak in the park, holds considerable spiritual significance. The NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service works with local Aboriginal communities to protect this heritage for the future.
The steep, often inaccessible terrain means many of the animals that call Dunggir National Park home are difficult to see. But there are a whole range of birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians, and the park features at least twelves species that are threatened or endangered, including the koala, powerful owl, spaghnum frog, and parma wallaby. Keep your eyes open in case you get lucky, and bring a pair of binoculars for superb birdwatching. You're sure to hear lyrebirds and the wompoo fruit-dove as you travel through the varied forest communities and terrain elevations.
- Kosekai lookout Kosekai lookout offers a scenic lookout over the expansive Nambucca Valley all the way to the coast, with picnic tables and good opportunities for birdwatching.