Koreelah National Park

Overview

Koreelah National Park offers World Heritage gondwana rainforest, camping, swimming, walking and great birdwatching, a few hours drive from the Gold Coast.

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Escape the city lights and step into a world teeming with wildlife, hidden away in the remote corners of the Northern Rivers region. Just a few hours drive from the Gold Coast and Ballina, Koreelah National Park provides a perfect weekend getaway and a beautiful car touring route.

Connect with nature and see magnificent World Heritage-listed gondwana rainforest that hugs steep slopes overlooking eucalypt forests and peaceful valleys. Enjoy easy walking, remote camping and fantastic birdwatching.

Take an easy stroll along Gorge walking track and spend the afternoon swimming in natural pools and spotting wildlife in the rocky gorge. Keep an eye out for platypus, koalas, sugar gliders, brush-tailed rock wallabies and glossy black cockatoos. Then settle for the night and enjoy the tranquillity of the bush at Koreelah Creek campground.

Current alerts in this area

There are no current alerts in this area.

Local alerts

For the latest updates on fires, closures and other alerts in this area, see https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/visit-a-park/parks/koreelah-national-park/local-alerts

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Visitor info

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

Getting there and parking

Get driving directions

Get directions

    From Woodenbong:

    • Travel west along Mount Lindesay Highway for approximately 22km
    • Turn right at Old Koreelah onto White Swamp Road
    • Travel for 12km to the north and you’ll see the campground on your left

    Park entry points

    By bike

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

    By public transport

    There is no public transport to Koreelah National Park.

    Best times to visit

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

    Autumn

    Enjoy crisp mornings and listen to the calls of the albert lyrebird echoing throughout the valley.

    Spring

    See the brilliant red flowers of flame trees on the upper slopes.

    Summer

    Look for platypus in creek pools near the campground and enjoy swimming in Koreelah Creek Gorge.

    Winter

    Camp overnight and see the rugged escarpment rising out of the mist from the campground.

    Weather, temperature and rainfall

    Summer temperature

    Average

    15°C and 29°C

    Highest recorded

    29.1°C

    Winter temperature

    Average

    2°C and 19°C

    Lowest recorded

    2.7°C

    Rainfall

    Wettest month

    January

    Driest month

    August

    The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

    460mm

    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.

    Nearby towns

    Kyogle (94 km)

    Kyogle is an attractive timber-milling town surrounded by rainforest. It's set on the Richmond River at the base of Fairy Mountain.

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    Casino (125 km)

    Casino is a thriving rural centre in the heart of rich agricultural country. It's set in lush pastures on the banks of the Richmond River.

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    Tenterfield (179 km)

    Sir Henry Parkes delivered his famous "birth of our nation" speech in the Tenterfield School of Arts in 1889. His rousing speech is credited with being the decisive moment that set the country on its path toward Federation in 1901.

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    Learn more

    Koreelah National Park is a special place. Here are just some of the reasons why:

    World Heritage plant life

    Gorge walking track, Koreelah National Park. Photo: David Young

    Whether you're driving, walking, or just sitting by the creek relaxing, you'll see a diversity of vegetation types here, ranging from dry sclerophyll forests to the cool subtropical rainforests of Acacia Plateau and Wilsons Peak Flora Reserves, which are part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area. Enter this ancient world and you'll see black booyong, yellow carribean, rosewood and emergent hoop pines.

    Teeming with wildlife

    Koreelah Creek, Koreelah National Park. Photo: David Young

    The diverse natural habitats of Koreelah make it a haven for wildlife. You'll see red-necked wallabies and lace monitors wandering through the campground, and might spot red-bellied black snakes and carpet pythons sunning themselves on the creek banks. At night, look for brush-tailed phascogales, sugar gliders and koalas, and listen for owls such as the sooty owl and southern boobook. Birdwatchers will never be short of something to look at in Koreelah National Park. There are over 110 species of birds found here, including the wompoo fruit-dove, regent bowerbird, eastern whipbird and albert lyrebird. Near the campgrounds, you'll probably see glossy black cockatoos, scarlet honeyeaters, grey shrike thrush and blue-faced honeyeaters.

    • Gorge walking track Take this easy walk along Gorge walking track and explore Koreelah Creek Gorge and waterfalls. Excellent for swimming, birdwatching, wildlife spotting and getting back to nature.

    Rich in Aboriginal culture

    Gorge walking track, Koreelah National Park. Photo: David Young

    The forests, waterways and rugged cliffs of Koreelah are part of the traditional Country of the Githabul People. For thousands of years, this beautiful landscape provided Aboriginal people with food, medicine, and materials for tools, weapons and shelters. In recognition of their ongoing connection to the land, the Federal Court of Australia recognised the Githabul People's native title rights and today, Koreelah National Park is proudly co-managed with the local Githabul People.

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    What we're doing

    Koreelah National Park has management strategies in place to protect and conserve the values of this park. Visit the OEH website for detailed park and fire management documents.

    Gorge walking track, Koreelah National Park. Photo: David Young