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Karuah National Park

Visitor info

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

Getting there and parking

Get driving directions

Get directions

    From Sydney:

    • Travel north on Pacific Highway
    • Approximately 17km after Raymond Terrace, turn left onto Bucketts Way
    • Continue for approximately 9km then turn right onto Hobarts Road, just past Limeburners Creek.

    Park entry points

    Parking

    Road quality

    • Unsealed roads

    Vehicle access

    • All roads require 4WD vehicle

    Weather restrictions

    • Dry weather only

    By bike

    Check out the Bicycle information for NSW website for more information.

    By public transport

    Karuah National Park is not accessible by public transport.

    Best times to visit

    There are lots of great things waiting for you in Karuah National Park. Here are some of the highlights.

    Autumn

    Pack your fishing gear and head to the river at this popular fishing spot.

    Spring

    See how the wildflowers bring the bush to life in spring.

    Summer

    Launch your kayak, canoe or boat and explore the reserve by water.

    Winter

    Get cosy around the campfires on those cold winter nights.

    Weather, temperature and rainfall

    Summer temperature

    Average

    12°C to 28°C

    Highest recorded

    40.6°C

    Winter temperature

    Average

    3°C to 18°C

    Lowest recorded

    -4.4°C

    Rainfall

    Wettest month

    March

    Driest month

    September

    The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

    573.8mm

    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.

    Karuah National Park

    Contact

    Nearby towns

    Tea Gardens (21 km)

    The closest ocean beach to Tea Gardens is Bennetts Beach, a long stretch of golden sand that's patrolled during school holidays and weekends over the summer. South Bennetts Beach leads you to the Yacaaba Headland walk, one of Port Stephens finest.

    www.visitnsw.com

    Newcastle (58 km)

    Newcastle is a harbour city surrounded by amazing surf beaches that are linked by a great coastal walk, the Bathers Way. The walk from Nobbys Beach to Merewether Beach takes about three hours and is a great way to explore the city.

    www.visitnsw.com

    Nelson Bay (62 km)

    Nelson Bay is a major holiday playground and the main resort area of Port Stephens. It's located on the southern shores of Port Stephens.

    Little Mountain Campground, Karuah National Park. Photo: John Spencer/NSW Government