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 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.
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.
The Gould's petrel is Australia's rarest endemic seabird, with over 95 percent of the species breeding on the islands around Port Stephens. NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is working with the Saving our Species conservation program to reverse the decline in population numbers by restoring habitat to encourage a strong breeding colony.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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 machines at Mungo Brush campground. NPWS staff regularly visit areas to collect day use fees. Day passes are also available from the Manning Great Lakes Area Office, Tea Gardens Visitor Information Centre, Bulahdelah Visitor Information Centre and the Hawks Nest Newsagency.
Bombah Point ferry fees may also apply (cash payment only).Buy annual pass
Booti Booti Office
02 6591 0300
Contact hours: Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 4.30pm. Closed public holidays.
- The Ruins campground, Booti Booti National Park, 4374 The Lakes Way, Booti Booti 2428
- Booti Booti Office
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Valuable conservation work is being done in our national parks through the Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife, a not-for-profit organisation with the mission to care for Australia’s native plants, animals and cultural heritage.