Mount Hyland Nature Reserve

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Mount Hyland Nature Reserve is a perfect pit stop on a 4WD driving tour, around Dorrigo and the New England tablelands. Check out the superb views and walking tracks through World Heritage gondwana rainforest.

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Answer the call of the wild with a World Heritage rainforest experience in Mount Hyland Nature Reserve. The distinctive three peaks of Mount Hyland are the highest point on the New England tablelands and offer breathtaking scenic views across the Dorrigo plateau. It’s a popular destination on a 4WD driving tour, offering superb walking, picnic and birdwatching opportunities.

Recharge your batteries on a walk through cool moss-filled rainforest. It’s a perfect picnic stop on a wilderness holiday, taking in nearby Guy Fawkes River National Park and Chaelundi Nature Park.

A biodiversity hotspot, this remote and wild region is home to some rare and endangered wildlife. Both the Hastings River mouse and rare pouched frog were believed to be extinct and were rediscovered here, alive and well in the early 1980s.

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Getting there and parking

From Armidale via Dundurrabin:

  • Turn off Armidale-Grafton Road at Dundurrabin
  • Proceed along Sheepstation Road for 6.3km
  • Turn left onto Chaelundi Road
  • Mount Hyland Nature Reserve is 10km along Chaelundi Road

From Armidale via Hernani:

  • Turn off Armidale/Grafton Road at Hernani onto Marengo Road
  • Proceed along Marengo Road for 11.4km
  • Turn right onto Hardens Road and proceed for 7km

Via Old Glen Innes/Grafton Road:

  • At Dalmorton, turn onto Chaelundi Road.
  • Proceed along Chaelundi Road for 46.5km


By bike

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

By public transport

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 Mount Hyland Nature Reserve. Here are some of the highlights.


Walk to the top of the summit for spectacular views across world-class wilderness.


Take the binoculars for some excellent birdwatching as spring heralds the nesting season.


Escape the summer heat with a refreshing walk through temperate rainforest.


The crisp mornings are a great time for taking in the majestic views across the mountain ranges from the lookouts.

Weather, temperature and rainfall

Summer temperature


13.8°C and 24°C

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Winter temperature


4.4°C and 16°C

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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.

Nearby towns

Dorrigo (67 km)

Dorrigo is a serene country town and the gateway to Dorrigo National Park. Its close to the edge of the escarpment above the Bellingen Valley.

Grafton (101 km)

Grafton is a gracious, historic city in the Clarence Valley farming district. It's situated on the broad Clarence River and surrounded by river flats.

Armidale (117 km)

During autumn the parks and gardens around Armidale show their beautiful colours. Enjoy a drive along the Waterfall Way, stopping at waterfalls and craggy gorges in the rugged countryside.

Learn more

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

World Heritage rainforest

Summit walking track, Mount Hyland Nature Reserve. Photo: Shane Ruming

This unique patch of high altitude rainforest forms part of the World Heritage-listed Gondwana Rainforests of Australia. These cool temperate forests are only found at altitudes over 1,000m. Interestingly, Antarctic beech trees are absent from this patch of rainforest, possibly due to fire or drought.

Hyland history

Trees and native vegetation, Mount Hyland Nature Reserve. Photo: H Clark

Mount Hyland was named after an early settler to the area who established a cattle station to the south of the mountain range. Hyland lived a basic existence in a slab shelter built from nearby stringybark trees. Although life was tough and he moved on, his name remains.

Gumbaynggirr country

Vista Point picnic area, Mount Hyland Nature Reserve. Photo: Tony Karacsonyi

Mount Hyland Nature Reserve is located within the Traditional Lands of the Gumbaynggirr People. Aboriginal people in the area have a strong connection to their traditional lands and maintain connection through conservation and resource management. Sites of high cultural significance are located along the traditional walking routes between Boyd River and high country around the village of Ebor.

Famous wildlife residents

Fungi, Mount Hyland Nature Reserve. Photo: G James

One of the more famous animals that are protected within this isolated reserve is the Hastings River mouse. Once thought to be extinct in NSW, it was rediscovered in the early 1980s. Other threated animals found in the area include the long-nosed potoroo and spotted-tailed quoll. Another of the fascinating animals protected within this rainforest remnant is the threatened pouched frog. Only 2cm in length, the male frog has two pouches on either side, which are used to carry the baby tadpoles after they've hatched.

  • Summit walking track A loop through World Heritage rainforest, Summit walking track offers spectacular scenic views, birdwatching and picnic opportunities in Mount Hyland Nature Reserve, near Dorrigo.
  • Vista Point picnic area For scenic views across spectacular wilderness, Vista Point picnic area offers birdwatching and World Heritage rainforest in Mount Hyland Nature Reserve, near Dorrigo.

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What we're doing

Mount Hyland 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.