Palm Grove Nature Reserve
All the practical information you need to know about Palm Grove Nature Reserve.
Getting there and parking
Get driving directions
- Follow Central Coast Highway up Kariong Hill (towards the F3). Turn right onto Pacific Highway then continue onto Wisemans Ferry Road. Turn right onto Dog Trap Road and then left onto Kilkenny Road and follow to the end to the entrance of Palm Grove Nature Reserve.
Park entry points
- Kilkenny Road See on map
- Ourimbah Creek Road See on map
Check out the Bicycle information for NSW website for more information.
By public transport
Palm Grove Nature Reserve is accessible by taking the train to Gosford and then the bus to Somersby. For information about public transport options, visit the NSW transport info website.
Best times to visit
There are lots of great things waiting for you in Palm Grove Nature Reserve. Here are some of the highlights.
Rug up and enjoy a crisp autumn picnic amongst moss-covered sandstone cliffs and fern-filled rainforests.
Visit the reserve to view gorgeous spring blooms, including a variety of native orchids, creamy white angophora flowers and the white blooms of the turpentines.
Enjoy an escape from the heat by taking a leisurely bushwalk through cool, moist rainforest.
Cool, but fine winter days are a great time to explore the more challenging terrain of Great North walk.
Weather, temperature and rainfall
17°C and 27°C
7°C and 17°C
The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day
Maps and downloads
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.
- in the Sydney and surrounds region
Palm Grove Nature Reserve is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.
02 4320 4200
Contact hours: Monday to Friday, hours vary.
- 59 Girrakool Rd, Somersby, NSW 2250
- Girrakool office
Lake Munmorah office
02 4972 9000
Contact hours: Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 4pm.
- 1 Blue Wren Drive, Wybung NSW 2259
- Lake Munmorah office
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