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Nowendoc National Park

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Visitor info

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

Getting there and parking

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    From Nowendoc:

    • Drive 6.5km south of Nowendoc on Thunderbolts Way, turn right into Wrights Road, and then access the park through Nowendoc State Forest.
    • Alternatively, drive 18.5km north-west of Nowendoc on Thunderbolts Way, turn left into Wild Cattle Creek Road, and access the park through Nowendoc State Forest.
    • Please note: there is no public access on Wild Cattle Creek Road through the Wild Cattle Creek property.

    Park entry points


    Road quality

    • Unsealed roads

    Vehicle access

    • All roads require 4WD vehicle

    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 Nowendoc National Park. Here are some of the highlights.


    With its sunny days and cool nights, autumn is a real treat. Go bushwalking along the leafy tracks and follow the meandering Myall Creek, which flows all year round.


    Come to the park in spring to feast your eyes on wildflowers. The banksias turn the brightest yellow, while the flame trees live up to their name, transforming into red blooms.


    Beat the summer heat with a swim in the creek and crystal-clear streams. Nothing beats nature when it comes to refreshment.


    Visit in winter to recharge your batteries with crisp, clean air and even the chance of snow. Many say the valley looks even more beautiful cloaked in early-morning winter fog. See if you agree.

    Weather, temperature and rainfall

    Summer temperature


    11°C and 28°C

    Highest recorded


    Winter temperature


    -2°C and 11°C

    Lowest recorded



    Wettest month


    Driest month


    The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day



    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 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.

    Nowendoc National Park


    Nearby towns

    Gloucester (72 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.

    Walcha (79 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.

    Armidale (143 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.