Limeburners Creek National Park

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Overview

Hidden between Crescent Head and Port Macquarie, you’ll find this idyllic coastal retreat. Escape to the beachside and enjoy walks, scenic views, and world-class surfing.

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Hidden away between Crescent Head and Port Macquarie on the mid north coast, you’ll find this idyllic stretch of pristine coast. Get off the beaten track and enjoy this remote piece of beachside paradise.

Discover golden sandy beaches, amazing surf breaks, remote camping spots and fascinating Aboriginal cultural heritage. With options for swimming, fishing, walking or just lazing on the beach, it makes for a fantastic family holiday or a relaxing beachside retreat.

The sparkling coastline of heathlands, banksia and blackbutt forest and the rare rainforests of Big Hill provide habitat to an abundance of wildlife. You’ll see ospreys, pied oystercatchers, dingoes, koalas, quolls, and if you’re lucky, the rare ground parrot. You may even spot majestic black swans gliding over the waters of Saltwater Lake.

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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/limeburners-creek-national-park/local-alerts

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Visitor info

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

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Getting there and parking

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    From Kempsey or Crescent Head:

    • Drive towards Crescent Head from Kempsey
    • As you enter Crescent Head village, turn right into Point Plomer Road, also known as Bakers Road.
    • Continue 14km on sometimes rough gravel road to the park
    • Point Plomer is a further 3km

    From Port Macquarie:

    • Suitable for 4WD only
    • Take the Settlement Point Ferry to North Shore
    • From Riverside Drive, turn right onto Shoreline Drive.
    • Continue onto North Shore Drive
    • Turn left onto Plomer Road and follow to the park

    Park entry points

    Parking

    By bike

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

    By public transport

    Limeburners Creek National Park is not accessible by public transport. The nearest transport hubs are Kempsey or Port Macquarie. For information about public transport options, visit the NSW country transport info website.

    Best times to visit

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

    Spring

    Watch the heathland wildflowers burst with colour and enjoy long walks on the beach as you look out for whales in the distance.

    Summer

    Take the kids to Point Plomer for a family holiday by the beach, swimming by day and discovering the star-filled skies by night.

    Winter

    Take advantage of the better surf conditions in winter and a chance to spot whales on their migration north.

    Weather, temperature and rainfall

    Summer temperature

    Average

    17°C and 26°C

    Highest recorded

    42.3°C

    Winter temperature

    Average

    7°C and 19°C

    Lowest recorded

    0°C

    Rainfall

    Wettest month

    February

    Driest month

    August

    The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

    1387.6mm

    Facilities

    Maps and downloads

    Fees and passes

    $8 per vehicle per day. 

    • All Parks Pass - For all parks in NSW (including Kosciuszko NP) $190 (1 year) / $335 (2 years)
    • Multi Parks Pass - For all parks in NSW (except Kosciuszko) $65 (1 year) / $115 (2 years)
    • Country Parks Pass - For all parks in Country NSW (except Kosciuszko) $45 (1 year) / $75 (2 years)
    • Single Country Park Pass - For entry to a single park in country NSW (except Kosciuszko). $22 (1 year) / $40 (2 years)

    Annual passes and entry fees (https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/passes-and-fees)

    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).

    Prohibited

    Pets

    Pets and domestic animals (other than certified assistance animals) are not permitted. Find out which regional parks allow dogs and see the pets in parks policy for more information.

    Smoking

    NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

    Nearby towns

    Crescent Head (12 km)

    Crescent Head on the NSW North Coast is surrounded by some of the stunning natural environments in the State. As well as long stretches of coastline with fabulous beaches, there is a string on coastal national parks to explore. Go surfing, fishing, boating and bushwalking, enjoy bird watching or whale watching, spot dolphins, turtles and even koalas in the wild.

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    Port Macquarie (12 km)

    Vibrant Port Macquarie is surrounded by beautiful waterways - the Hastings River, canals, creeks, bays and the Pacific Ocean. The city also has a five-star collection of golden-sand beaches stretching from Port Macquarie Beach to Town Beach and north along the 16-km swathe of North Beach.

    www.visitnsw.com

    Kempsey (32 km)

    Kempsey is a historic river town close to national parks and majestic beaches. Kempsey is a convenient place for an overnight stop for anyone driving between Sydney and the North Coast.

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    Learn more

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

    Wildlife and bird watching haven

    Bird, Limeburners Creek National Park. Photo: Barbara Webster

    Limeburners Creek National Park is a hot spot for animals. Spotted tail quoll, dingos, butterflies, micro bats, giant pythons and even brolgas make their home here. Birdwatchers will also be in heaven. You'll see rare pied oystercatchers and little terns along beaches, osprey and other large birds of prey circling above and migratory seabirds on their journey north. You might also see the rare ground parrot out in the grass and heathlands.

    Strong Aboriginal cultural connections

    Plomer Beach, Limeburners Creek National Park. Photo: Michael van Ewijk

    The Dunghutti People from Kempsey and the Biripai people from Port Macquarie continue to have a strong connection with the area surrounding Limeburners Creek. Point Plomer and Big Hill in particular are Aboriginal sites of outstanding significance. Several sites and artefacts tracing Aboriginal settlement in this region back to at least 6,000 years have been found, including burial sites, shell middens, a quarry for stone tool production and axe grinding grooves in rock outcrops around Point Plomer.

    A place of historic heritage

    Coastal views from Point Plomer Headland, Limeburners Creek National Park. Photo: Barbara Webster

    Back in the early days of the Port Macquarie penal settlement, lime for building mortar was in great demand. They used to collect and burn enormous quantities of oyster shells from this area, giving the park its unusual name. Many of the landmarks in the park were named after some of the more colourful pioneers of the past. Barries Bay was originally a whaling station, named after the Barrie family who lived there for many years. Big Hill was named after Kevin Hill, reputedly a hermit who lived on the northwest side of the hill during the Great Depression of the 1930s.

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    What we're doing

    Limeburners Creek 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.