Mummel Gulf National Park

Overview

Mummel Gulf is a secluded national park with a significant modern history offering attractions for daytrippers like birdwatching, car touring, horse riding, and allowing campers to retreat into nature.

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In the 1990s, a group of anti-logging protesters turned their attention to an area near the small town of Walcha. Their vocal efforts led to the creation of Mummel Gulf National Park, protecting an astonishing array of plant and animal species. To visit Mummel Gulf is to visit an important site in the history of NSW national parks: it’s because of this place that NSW has many of its north-eastern reserves.

Visitors to Mummel Gulf will find ancient old-growth forests clinging to the edge of the Great Escarpment, which drops from 1450m to 470m. Scenic views are punctuated by circling wedge-tailed eagles and fan-tailed cuckoos. Koalas doze in the eucalypts, and swamp wallabies forage in the undergrowth alongside wombats.

This park is one for many types of travellers, from daytrippers looking to escape for a secluded barbecue, to campers searching for a place to settle down surrounded by placid nature. There are easy walks with stunning views, and opportunities for more hardy hiking in the backcountry. Whether bicycles, horses or 4WDs are your choice, Mummel Gulf National Park offers such opportunities for all.

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/mummel-gulf-national-park/local-alerts

Contact

  • in the Country NSW region
  • Mummel Gulf National Park is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

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Visitor info

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

Getting there and parking

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  1. From Oxley Highway, take Enfield Road and drive for 12km, turning right into Mummel Forest Road.
  2. From Nowendoc, take Brackendale Road and then turn right into Mummel Forest Road.
  3. Park entry points

    By bike

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

    By public transport

    There is no public transport available for Mummel Gulf National Park.

    Best times to visit

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

    Spring

    The forest is in bloom in spring; keep an eye out for greenhood orchids on the forest floor.

    Summer

    Take advantage of the forest shade while the coast and western slopes are hot. At night, boobook owls can be heard milling about the campground.

    Winter

    Light snow sometimes falls in winter, combining with misty mornings to create an evocative atmosphere.

    Weather, temperature and rainfall

    Summer temperature

    Average

    17°C and 28.5°C

    Highest recorded

    42.2°C

    Winter temperature

    Average

    6.1°C and 19.2°C

    Lowest recorded

    -5.1°C

    Rainfall

    Wettest month

    January

    Driest month

    July

    The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

    234.6mm

    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

    Walcha (75 km)

    Walcha is the gateway to some of the best adventure experiences in Australia. Expect gorges, rainforests, waterfalls and wilderness. Enjoy helicopter flights, 4WD tours and fishing, as well as guided bushwalks in some of Australia's most rugged terrain.

    www.visitnsw.com

    Gloucester (99 km)

    Famous for gold deposits and the bushranger Captain Thunderbolt, Gloucester is located in the north Hunter region, east of Barrington Tops. The nearby state forests and national parks are ideal for walking, camping and outdoor adventure sports.

    www.visitnsw.com

    Taree (176 km)

    Taree is a major mid North Coast city, ringed by superb beaches. It's situated on the Manning River and set against rolling hills.

    www.visitnsw.com

    Learn more

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

    The lost Aboriginal connection

    Panhandle fire trail, Mummel Gulf National Park. Photo: John Spencer

    The difficult terrain in Mummel Gulf National Park poses a challenge to more than just adventurous hikers. There are very few recorded Aboriginal sites in the area because of the complexities of surveying. This doesn't mean they don't exist, though: Aboriginal people may have moved through the area as they crossed between the tablelands and the coast. They may also have lived in the area permanently, drawing on the land and water biodiversity to inform their spiritual beliefs and cultural identity.

    The journey of John Oxley, the legacy of logging

    Mummel Gulf track, Mummel Gulf National Park. Photo: John Spencer

    The famous explorer John Oxley would have travelled in the vicinity of Mummel Gulf National Park on his crossing from Apsley Falls to the coast in 1818. Later, though little evidence remains, small-scale mining and grazing took place in the area. More notable are the logging trails - logging here ultimately caused a series of protests in the 1990s, which resulted in the creation of many national parks in the north-east of NSW.

    Forests worth protecting

    New Country Swamp campground, Mummel Gulf National Park. Photo: John Spencer

    What were the anti-logging protesters trying to protect? Mummel Gulf National Park is notable for its wide variety of plant life, not to mention the animals which rely on the biodiversity. Your visit will expose you to everything from sclerophyll forests to warm temperate rainforests, and, if you're lucky, ant orchids and greenhoods - both threatened species.

    • Mummel Forest Road Mummel Forest Road is a scenic car touring route between Wauchope and Walcha that offers forest views and opportunities for cycling, picnics and bushwalking.

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    What we're doing

    Mummel Gulf 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.

    Mummel Gulf National Park. Photo: John Spencer/NSW Government