Richmond Range National Park

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Overview

Richmond Range National Park offers World Heritage rainforest walks, tranquil campgrounds, scenic views, and horse riding, near Kyogle, in northern NSW.

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You'll find diverse landscapes and wildlife among the lush rainforest of Richmond Range National Park. Stretch your legs on a walk through the ancient rainforest, part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia world Heritage Area. Or take in panoramic views across the Richmond River valley from a lookout.

The well-maintained Cambridge Plateau 4WD route is a great way to explore. It snakes along the crest of Richmond Range, enjoying striking views between Mallanganee in the south and Mount Brown to the north.

The park provides a sanctuary for many animals and birds that live among the rich plant life. Keep an eye out for gobbling brush turkeys, non-venomous carpet pythons, and rose-crowned fruit-doves. At night, rare little bent-winged bats come out to feed on small insects that fly beneath the rainforest canopy.

A great day trip from Casino or Kyogle, explore the subtropical bush, relax at scenic picnic and campgrounds, or even horse ride using the park management trails.

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For the latest updates on fires, closures and other alerts in this area, see https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/visit-a-park/parks/richmond-range-national-park/local-alerts

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

Getting there and parking

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    From Kyogle:

    • Leave Summerland Way south of Kyogle at McDonalds Bridge Road
    • Travel along Edenville Road, which becomes Sextonville Road.
    • Turn right onto Cambridge Plateau scenic drive and travel north to Richmond Range National Park

    From Casino:

    • Drive west along the Bruxner Highway along Route 44
    • Turn north at Cambridge Plateau scenic drive near Mallanganee

    Park entry points

    By bike

    Check out the Bicycle information for NSW website for more information

    By public transport

    There is no public transport available to Richmond Range National Park.

    Best times to visit

    There are lots of great things waiting for you in Richmond Range National Park. Here are some of the highlights.

    Autumn

    Peacock Creek campground is a great place to camp in autumn. This clean, open, sunny campground is perfect for camping with wood fires, while watching an array of birdlife by your tent.

    Spring

    This is a lovely time to drive along Cambridge Plateau scenic drive. See new red tips on the rainforest trees, creamy clusters of flowers on wonga vines, and white flowering clematis vines in full bloom.

    Summer

    Enjoy the cool of the rainforests during these hot months. The Culmaran Creek walking track is a perfect place to cool off.

    Winter

    Watch mists rising in the valley below from Cambridge Plateau picnic. On a clear winter's day, you can see all the way east to Wollumbin and Nightcap national parks.

    Weather, temperature and rainfall

    Summer temperature

    Average

    25°C and 27°C

    Highest recorded

    27°C

    Winter temperature

    Average

    15°C and 21°C

    Lowest recorded

    15°C

    Rainfall

    Wettest month

    February

    Driest month

    August

    The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

    214.6mm

    Facilities

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    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).

    Prohibited

    Pets

    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.

    Smoking

    NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

    Nearby towns

    Kyogle (55 km)

    Kyogle is an attractive timber-milling town surrounded by rainforest. It's set on the Richmond River at the base of Fairy Mountain.

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    Casino (82 km)

    Casino is a thriving rural centre in the heart of rich agricultural country. It's set in lush pastures on the banks of the Richmond River.

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    Lismore (115 km)

    Lismore is a major North Coast commercial, cultural and administrative centre. It's set in undulating country on the north arm of the Richmond River.

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    Learn more

    Richmond Range National Park is a special place. Here are just some of the reasons why:

    Yesterday is today

    Culmaran loop, Richmond Range National Park. Photo: J Atkins

    This landscape lies within traditional country of the Githabul People. Forests within the park have provided Aboriginal people with food, medicine, shelter and materials for tools and weapons for thousands of years. A landmark agreement involving co-management of the park with the local Githabul People brings ongoing benefits to the community.

    World class listing

    Within the rainforest canopy, Richmond Range National Park. Photo: OEH

    Rainforests are the earth’s oldest living ecosystems, and the Cambridge Plateau and Bungdoozle area rainforests within the park are part of Australia’s World Heritage Area. They’re a highly significant habitat for a medley of vulnerable and threatened species, which are able to live and breed freely among the protective wet rainforest vegetation.

    • Cambridge Plateau scenic drive From Casino, Cambridge Plateau scenic drive is a comfortable drive along the ridge through scenic rainforest, offering fantastic views.

    All creatures, great and small

    Red-necked wallaby (Macropus rufogriseus), Richmond Range National Park. Photo: T Worden

    It's a great pleasure to see the golden-tipped bat, listed as a vulnerable and threatened species in NSW, thrive in this environment. Other rare mammal species include Parma wallabies, koalas, spotted-tailed quoll and long-nosed potoroos. Birds listed as vulnerable in this park include rose-crowned fruit-dove and wompoo fruit-dove. The fruit dove's deep, repeated ‘whoop whoop’ call is often heard high up in the trees of thick forest. Brush-turkeys are occasionally seen and if you’re lucky, you’ll even spot the yellow and black flash of a male regent bowerbird as it flitters overhead.

    • Cambridge Plateau picnic area Cambridge Plateau picnic area, close to Casino and Kyogle, is an idyllic spot for picnicking that’s also great for birdwatching.
    • Culmaran loop trail Culmaran loop trail is an easy walk on the rainforest edge, especially suited to families. Admire the exotic plants found in the drier parts of Richmond Range.
    • Culmaran Valley track Culmaran Valley track, near Kyogle, takes you through diverse World Heritage-listed rainforest ecosystems and offers scenic views from its lookouts.

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    What we're doing

    Richmond Range 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.