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Karuah National Park

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Visitor info

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

Getting there and parking

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    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


    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.


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


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


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


    Get cosy around the campfires on those cold winter nights.

    Weather, temperature and rainfall

    Summer temperature


    12°C to 28°C

    Highest recorded


    Winter temperature


    3°C to 18°C

    Lowest recorded



    Wettest month


    Driest month


    The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day



    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 Plus 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).



    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.

    Karuah National Park


    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.

    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.

    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.