Everlasting Swamp National Park
All the practical information you need to know about Everlasting Swamp National Park.
Getting there and parking
Everlasting Swamp National Park is located along NSW Tourist Drive 22. To get there from Grafton:
- Drive 20km north-east on Lawrence Road. Veer left on the Sportsmans Creek bridge at the blue national park sign (with a paddle symbol).
- Continue on Weir Road for 4.5km to the park entrance
- Continue south along the side of the creek until you see the Everlasting Swamp National Park entrance sign
Please keeps gates as they were when you arrived. If gates are open, leave them open. If gates are closed, be sure to shut them after you pass through.
- Sportsmans Creek canoe trail See on map
- Woody Creek cycling trail See on map
The final 1km is high quality unpaved road. This and other roads in the area close during major Clarence River floods. There’s a high potential for vehicle bogging in this park.
Parking is available on the gravel area just inside the park entrance—after the end of the sealed road and past the historic weir.
Best times to visit
In Everlasting Swamp National Park there are always new things and places to explore as the wetland changes with the seasons. Here are some highlights.
This is high season for twitchers. Bring your binoculars for a good look at black-necked storks in their nests and other wading birds. See large migrating flocks pass through, especially in wetter years. It’s your last chance to fish for bass as the season ends on 30 April.
It’s a great time to see black swans with their cygnets and if you’re lucky, pairs of brolgas or jabiru guiding their young. If you’re coming for a paddle, bring your rod and reel because bass season opens on 1 September.
As summer rains fill the wetland, it truly comes alive and frogs begin to breed. Now's the time to fish and explore new areas of the park by kayak or canoe. Come prepared because there’s not a lot of shade in this park.
The wetland dries and birdlife retreats to patches of still-deep water. Come in mid-August to witness brolgas bob and leap in flamboyant courtship dances—a must-see. Cool, sunny days are perfect to explore Everlasting Swamp by bike and canoe down Sportsmans Creek.
There are no facilities or drinking water in this national park.
Maps and downloads
Camp fires and solid fuel burners
Please note there are no campsites or facilities in this park.
A current NSW recreational fishing licence is required when fishing in all waters.
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.
NSW national parks are no smoking areas.
- 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.
02 6641 1500
Contact hours: Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 4.30pm.
- Level 4, 49 Victoria Street, Grafton NSW 2460
- Grafton office
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