Moore Park Nature Reserve

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Overview

With its stand of black bean rainforest, Moore Park Nature Reserve offers a rare glimpse of nature alongside the opportunity to picnic and enjoy birdwatching.

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Walking into the depths of the subtropical rainforest at Moore Park Nature Reserve gives you an idea of what much of the Northern Rivers region must have been like when it was home to the Githabul people. Now, this is one of the largest remaining stands of black bean and silky oak in the entire area.

From October to May, look up into the dense canopy, because this is the maternity ward for thousands of flying foxes. During the summer, you can even see the mothers with their offspring clinging tightly to them. Be quiet though, because they shouldn’t be disturbed. Birdwatchers might also spot rainforest pigeons, including the brilliantly plumaged rose-crowned fruit doves, as well as black bitterns and bush hens.

The picnic area, beside Richmond River, is a cool and peaceful place for a lunch or a barbecue.

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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/moore-park-nature-reserve/local-alerts

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Moore Park Nature Reserve.

Getting there and parking

From Kyogle:

  • Travel north, about 14km, along Summerland Way through Wiangaree
  • Continue north on the Summerland Way another 12km to the intersection with Findon Creek Road at Old Grevillea
  • Travel north along Findon Creek Road about 1km to the picnic area. There is a carpark immediately before the bridge over Richmond River

Parking

By bike

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

By public transport

Public transport is not available.

Best times to visit

There are lots of great things waiting for you at Moore Park Nature Reserve. Here are some of the highlights.

Autumn

The ripening figs attract numbers of rainforest pigeons.

Spring

The silky oaks are in bloom, their gold flowers brightening the forest.

Summer

More than 10,000 flying foxes use the reserve as a maternity ward. Please ensure you do not disturb them.

Winter

Frosts and fogs hug the forest in the early morning, but once they lift the days are glorious.

Weather, temperature and rainfall

Summer temperature

Average

16°C and 29°C

Highest recorded

42.9°C

Winter temperature

Average

4°C and 20°C

Lowest recorded

-1.4°C

Rainfall

Wettest month

February

Driest month

August

The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

210mm

Facilities

Amenities

Picnic tables

Barbecue 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 (28 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 (59 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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Murwillumbah (94 km)

Murwillumbah is rich dairy, sugar cane and banana country. It's located on the banks of the Tweed River and set in the Tweed River Valley against a backdrop of rainforest-clad hills.

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Learn more

Moore Park Nature Reserve is a special place. Here are just some of the reasons why:

Meeting spot

Moore Park picnic area, Moore Park Nature Reserve. Photo: OEH

Even before this park was created in 1989, it was an important place for the local community, who have enjoyed its serenity and scenery for decades. Many families would gather here and hold functions in what is now the picnic area beside the Richmond River. The area remains a popular destination for picnics and bird watching.

  • Moore Park picnic area Moore Park picnic area offers basic facilities for a leisurely lunch, with terrific opportunities for birdwatching and viewing the large flying fox population.

Fragile forest

Moore Park Nature Reserve. Photo: OEH

Much of the landscape around here would have resembled that of Moore Park Nature Reserve before extensive logging and clearing took place during the 20th century. Now, this 14-hectare reserve represents one of the last remnants of the once much-larger Boyd's Scrub, the most important example of black bean rainforest in the state. Robert J Moore, who was the Kyogle Shire Council president from 1920 to 1936, played a leading role in the council's purchase of what remained of Boyd's Scrub and the reserve is now named in his honour. 

  • Moore Park picnic area Moore Park picnic area offers basic facilities for a leisurely lunch, with terrific opportunities for birdwatching and viewing the large flying fox population.

First inhabitants

Moore Park Nature Reserve. Photo: Stephen King/OEH

This region of northern NSW is the home of the Githabul Aboriginal people, for whom the rainforest was an extremely important source of food. There are several known sacred sites in the Northern Rivers area.

Flying high

Grey headed flying fox (Pteropus poliocephalus), Moore Park Nature Reserve. Photo: OEH

Moore Park Nature Reserve is also a well-known birdwatching area, with species including the tiny varied sittella (also called nuthatches), rose-crowned fruit dove, the barred cuckoo-shrike and the ground-dwelling bush hen. The reserve is also an essential habitat for winged mammals, with both grey-headed flying foxes and endangered black flying foxes raising their young in a canopy nursery from October to May.

  • Moore Park picnic area Moore Park picnic area offers basic facilities for a leisurely lunch, with terrific opportunities for birdwatching and viewing the large flying fox population.

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What we're doing

Moore Park Nature Reserve 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.