Nymboida National Park
Trek in the wilderness, canoe the rapids, explore the region’s history and camp in pristine bush along Nymboida and Mann rivers at Nymboida National Park.
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If you want complete immersion in nature, Nymboida National Park gives you the chance to canoe the rapids on Nymboida and Mann rivers, 4WD into the wilderness, and camp in pristine bushland. You’ll be rewarded with views of the dramatic rock formations, excellent birdwatching opportunities, challenging white-waters, and an unbeatable feeling of being a long way from day-to-day life.
Self-reliant hikers can bushwalk and camp, while those who like to take things at a more relaxed pace can lay back and watch the white-bellied sea eagles soaring above the river. This can all be done at the very pretty campground on the bank of the Nymboida. In summer, there’s nothing better than a swim in the cool, clear waters of the river. Pick a safe spot and revel in the tranquillity of this unspoilt place.
For the latest updates on fires, closures and other alerts in this area, see https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/visit-a-park/parks/nymboida-national-park/local-alerts
- in the North Coast and Country NSW regions
- Nymboida National Park is always open but may have to close at times due to extreme weather or fire danger.
Glen Innes office
02 6739 0700
Contact hours: Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 4.30pm.
- 68 Church Street, Glen Innes NSW 2370
- Glen Innes office
02 6641 1500
Contact hours: Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 4.30pm.
- Level 4, 49 Victoria Street, Grafton NSW 2460
- Grafton office
All the practical information you need to know about Nymboida National Park.
Getting there and parking
Get driving directions
To reach Nymboida River campground from Grafton (4WD required):
- Travel west along the Gwydir Highway from Grafton, and turn south onto Old Glen Innes Road 8km from Grafton.
- Travel along Old Glen Innes Road a further 32km to the top of the Buccarumbi Range
- Turn north onto Doboy Road, travelling a further 24km to Nymboida National Park and Nymboida River campground.
To enter Nymboida National Park on canoe:
- Join Nymboida River at Buccarumbi, 40km southwest of Grafton on Old Glen Innes-Grafton Road.
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 Nymboida National Park. Here are some of the highlights.
Take on a canoeing challenge as the heat of summer wanes, but the water is still not too cold if you fancy a dip.
As the days and nights grow warmer, this is a perfect time to camp and bushwalk in Nymboida.
In summer, the water is warm enough for swimming.
Weather, temperature and rainfall
13°C and 25°C
–1°C and 17°C
The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day
Maps and downloads
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Nymboida National Park is a special place. Here are just some of the reasons why:
Outdoor activities against a dramatic backdrop
Experience the excitement of nature among the gorges and forest while canoeing, 4WDing, hiking and camping. The protected wilderness of Nymboida offers a spectacular landscape for you to explore, formed by ancient volcanoes and long periods of faulting and uplift. You'll discover rugged and remote valleys, the pristine waters of the Nymboida and Mann rivers, and magnificent towering forest.
The challenging territory of the Nymboida has seen plenty of settler activity over the years. Generations of families mustered on large, rugged bush blocks on the Nymboida and Mann rivers, sometimes camping in slab huts, and miners of tin and gold worked Nymboida and Chambigne Creek Goldfield along Mann River valley.
As nature intended
The core of Nymboida National Park has been declared wilderness and is sliced up by the rugged Mann River. The Bindery-Mann Wilderness, along with the adjacent Washpool Wilderness, forms a large area where nature survives away from direct human interference. This bushland connects with the Gibraltar Range-Washpool section of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia.
- Multi-day Nymboida whitewater adventures Unplug from technology and re-connect with others on a thrilling Nymboida River canoe trip. Let Journey Outdoors in Nature safely introduce you to the thrill of whitewater paddling.
An important habitat for animals and birdlife
Search the skies for the majestic white-bellied sea eagle, listen out for the magical call of bellbirds, and rest your paddle while you search for turtles and water dragons. Look beneath the surface of the river for fish, but pay close attention to fishing regulations - the park's rivers contain part of the only remaining wild breeding population of the critically endangered eastern freshwater cod. It is illegal to catch them and other seasonal fishing restrictions also apply.
- Nymboida whitewater canoeing and rafting tours Join the experienced guides of Exodus Adventures for an exhilarating rafting or canoeing trip down the Nymboida and Boyd rivers, in Nymboida and Nymboi-Binderay national parks, near Coffs Harbour.
Aboriginal cultural heritage
This region covers parts of the traditional lands of the Ngarrabul and Gumbaynggirr People. The land and waterways, and the plants and animals that live in them, feature in all facets of Aboriginal culture - including recreational, ceremonial, spiritual and as a main source of food and medicine. Evidence of past occupation includes open campsites along the Mann and Nymboida River terraces, and local Aboriginal people maintain strong links with this special country.
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What we're doing
Nymboida 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.