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Palm Grove Nature Reserve

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Palm Grove Nature Reserve.

Getting there and parking

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    From Gosford:

    • 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

    By bike

    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

    Summer temperature


    17°C and 27°C

    Highest recorded


    Winter temperature


    7°C and 17°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.

    Palm Grove Nature Reserve


    Nearby towns

    Gosford (15 km)

    Gosford is a great destination for a family day trip or holiday. It's situated on Brisbane Water National Park and surrounded by state forests, lakes and beaches.

    Wyong (20 km)

    Wyong is a bustling township and the centre for Wyong Shire. There's something for everyone, as it's close to the Central Coast's lakes, beaches and wooded valleys.

    Cessnock (80 km)

    Some of the finest wines in the world are created in the Hunter Valley and its towns, gourmet food is acclaimed and luxury, boutique accommodations are matched by the most beautiful natural scenery.