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Gaagal Wanggaan (South Beach) National Park

What we're doing

Park management activities

Gaagal Wanggaan (South Beach) National Park has management strategies in place to protect and conserve the values of this park. Visit the detailed park and fire management documents. Here is just some of the work we’re doing to conserve these values:

Preserving biodiversity

Gaagal Wanggaan (South Beach) National Park supports programs that monitor, help recover and secure threatened bird populations. NPWS measures and limits disturbance from recreational users and undertakes frequent monitoring within this park.

Managing weeds, pest animals and other threats

Pests and weeds have a significant impact on the ecosystems within Gaagal Wanggaan National Park. Risk assessments for new and emerging weeds are carried out as an ongoing initiative within the park. Pest management is an important part of the work NPWS does to protect the integrity of biodiversity which exists within Gaagal Wanggaan (South Beach).

Conservation program

Regional pest management strategies

Weeds and pest animals cause substantial damage to agriculture and our environment, so it’s essential we manage them in NSW national parks and reserves. Our regional pest management strategies aim to minimise the impact of pests on biodiversity in NSW.  We work hard to protect our parks and neighbours from pests and weeds, ensuring measurable results.

Conserving our Aboriginal culture

Gaagal Wanggaan (South Beach) National Park is the traditional Country of the Gumbaynggirr People and boasts a proud legacy of Aboriginal culture. Ongoing NPWS projects are in place to monitor the condition of Aboriginal sites. NPWS shares responsibility for park management with local Aboriginal people, and together they work on issues of conservation, operations and employment, education and training opportunities for Aboriginal people.

Conservation program

Gaagal Wanggaan (South Beach) National Park joint management program

Gaagal Wanggaan (South Beach) National Park is jointly managed by the Aboriginal people of the Nambucca Valley and NPWS. As Aboriginal land, it is leased back to the NSW government. The Aboriginal owners have the main say in the running of the park through a board of management. 

Managing fire

NSW is one of the most bushfire prone areas in the world as a result of our climate, weather systems, vegetation and the rugged terrain. NPWS is committed to maintaining natural and cultural heritage values and minimising the likelihood and impact of bushfires via a strategic program of fire research, fire planning, hazard reduction, highly trained rapid response firefighting crews and community alerts.

Conservation program

Planning for fire

Bushfires are inevitable across fire-prone vegetation types within NSW national parks. NPWS prepares for wildfires by working with other fire agencies, reserve neighbours and the community to ensure protection of life, property and biodiversity. Every park has its own fire management strategy, devised in consultation with partner fire authorities and the community to plan and prioritise fire management.


  • in the North Coast region
  • Gaagal Wanggaan (South Beach) National Park is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

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Warrell Creek, Gaagal Wanggaan (South Beach) National Park. Photo: A Ingarfield