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Everlasting Swamp National Park

Overview

Everlasting Swamp National Park is a rare coastal wetland north of Grafton in the Clarence Valley. A hotspot for bird watching, you can explore the park and its wildlife from your canoe or bike.

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Known to bird watchers as the ‘Kakadu of the south’, Everlasting Swamp National Park is one of the largest freshwater wetlands on the NSW North Coast and protects 26 threatened species.

Take your binoculars because this park is superb for bird watching—especially after heavy rain when high water levels attract birdlife. You’ll be thrilled to discover rare birds and even glimpse their courtship dances. Keep an eye out for black-necked storks in their huge stick nests, elegant brolgas bobbing and strutting with life-long mates, and black swans escorting their downy cygnets through the wetlands.

Jump in your canoe or kayak to paddle the meandering creeks lined with reeds and giant waterlilies. Bring your fishing rod to cast a line for bass and mullet in Sportmans Creek or explore its wooded creek banks by bike. If you’ve come to relax away from the crowds, picnic on the grass beneath the shade of old red gum trees as frogs croak and birds of prey circle overhead.

Highlights in this park

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

    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 ta...

  • Group cycling along Woody Creek in Everlasting Swamp National Park. Photo: John Spencer/OEH

    Woody Creek cycling trail

    Take a gentle bike ride into the heart of Everlasting Swamp on this easy, family-friendly cycling trail near Grafton in the Clarence Valley. This shim...

 

Everlasting Swamp self-guided tours app

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.

Kayakers paddle along Woody Creek in Everlasting Swamp National Park. Photo: J Robertson/OEH

 

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A family walk a boardwalk section of Bouddi coastal walk, Bouddi National Park. Photo: John Spencer/OEH.

Contact

  • 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.

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Everlasting Swamp after flooding. Photo: L Orel/OEH