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Myall Lakes National Park

What we're doing

Park management activities

Myall Lakes 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. Here is just some of the work we’re doing to conserve these values:

Understanding landscapes and geology

An important feature of the Myall Lakes system are the extensive areas of wetlands it contains. These remarkable natural areas help to protect the water quality of the lakes, while also providing vital habitat for a range of plants and animals including native and migratory waterbirds. Migratory waterbirds rely on wetlands in the southern hemisphere as a refuge from the freezing winter conditions of their northern hemisphere breeding grounds. Protecting park landscapes, educating the community and displaying current signage are priorities for NPWS, and projects are ongoing within this park to preserve the future of the wetlands.

Preserving biodiversity

Myall Lakes National Park monitors and supports the plants and animals within its borders. Consequently, efforts to minimise the impact of key threats are ongoing and include considered pest management, weed control programs including bitou bush and protection of important migratory bird habitat. NPWS is committed to plant and animal conservation, and protects threatened, vulnerable and endangered species within all NSW national parks.

Conservation program

Regional native vegetation mapping and classification

Creating a comprehensive guide to plant biodiversity in NSW, ecologists are conducting vegetation mapping and classification. Through the compilation of data, they are able to determine the baseline state-wide layer of native vegetation. This influences conservation policy and offers valuable insight into how plant life in NSW is changing over time.

Managing weeds, pest animals and other threats

Pests and weeds have a significant impact on the ecosystems within Myall Lakes. NPWS carries out risk assessments around the park as well as pest reduction of wild dogs to protect biodiversity in this park.

Conservation program

Bitou bush threat abatement plan

Bitou bush poses a serious and widespread threat to threatened species populations and ecological communities on the NSW coast. The NPWS bitou bush threat abatement plan helps to reduce the impact of weeds at priority sites using control measures such as ground spraying, aerial spraying, biological control and physical removal.

Historic heritage in our parks and reserves

Myall Lakes National Park features significant heritage sites and areas including Sugarloaf Point Lighthouse and Cutlers Cottage that require concerted maintenance and, when required, conservation and upgrading efforts.  NPWS continues to monitor the conditions of these sites to ensure that the heritage of this park is preserved for years to come.

Conservation program

Sugarloaf Point Lighthouse cottages adaptive re-use

In 2003, Sugarloaf Point Lighthouse was incorporated into Myall Lakes National Park – a significant addition of buildings originally designed by colonial architect James Barnet in 1875. A few years after this incorporation, a major conservation and adaptive re-use project saw 3 main buildings converted into holiday accommodation.

Developing visitor facilities and experiences

NPWS is dedicated to ensuring visitors have positive experiences in NSW national parks. In keeping with this, tourist accommodation, campgrounds, picnic areas and other visitor facilities in Myall Lakes National Park are serviced and maintained to a high standard. Internal processes and systems are also regularly reviewed to streamline the visitor experience.

Conserving our Aboriginal culture

The Worimi Aboriginal people maintain a strong, enduring connection with Myall Lakes National Park. NPWS works in partnership with the Karuah and Forster Aboriginal Land Councils in the co-management of park projects, and strives to ensure cultural sites within the park are appropriately recognised, supported and conserved.

Managing fire

NSW is one of the most bushfire prone areas in the world as a result of our climate, weather systems, vegetation and the rugged terrain. NPWS is committed to maintaining natural and cultural heritage values and minimising the likelihood and impact of bushfires via a strategic program of fire research, fire planning, hazard reduction, highly trained rapid response firefighting crews and community alerts.

Conservation program

Planning for fire

Bushfires are inevitable across fire-prone vegetation types within NSW national parks. NPWS prepares for wildfires by working with other fire agencies, reserve neighbours and the community to ensure protection of life, property and biodiversity. Every park has its own fire management strategy, devised in consultation with partner fire authorities and the community to plan and prioritise fire management.

Contact

  • in the North Coast region
  • Myall Lakes National Park is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

  • Park entry fees:

    $8 per vehicle per day.

    The park has coin/card operated pay and display machines at Mungo Brush campground. NPWS visitor service officers regularly visit camping areas to collect fees from campers and sell annual passes. Day passes and annual passes also available from the Great Lakes Area Office, Bulahdelah and Tea Gardens Visitor Information Centres, and other local outlets.

    Bombah Point ferry fees may also apply (cash payment only).

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Upcoming alerts

For all planned management events such as hazard reduction burns and pest control operations see the alerts page.

Sugarloaf Point Lighthouse. Photo: John Spencer