Ulidarra National Park

Overview

Great birdwatching, 4WD driving, mountain biking and bushwalking are just some of the things waiting to be discovered in Ulidarra National Park near Coffs Harbour.

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Ulidarra National Park truly is a hidden gem. Just west of Coffs Harbour on the NSW Mid North Coast, you’ll find majestic forests, vibrant birdlife, coastal views, 4WD trails and a network of mountain biking and bushwalking tracks just waiting to be explored.

Along with the adjoining Bruxner Park Flora Reserve, Ulidarra supports habitats for a large diversity of wildlife, including koalas, masked owls, wompoo fruit doves, dingoes and little bent-wing bats, making it a great destination for birdwatching.

Beautiful palm-fringed rainforests and majestic old eucalyptus trees also provide a stunning backdrop for a range of recreational activities. Ulidarra National Park has a network of management trails and walking tracks for bushwalking and mountain biking, fantastic 4WD trails to explore and an abundance of off-the-beaten-track places for a picnic.

Current alerts in this area

There are no current alerts in this area.

Local alerts

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

Contact

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Visitor info

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

Getting there and parking

From Coffs Harbour:

  • Travel north on Pacific Highway for approximately 5km
  • Turn left onto Bruxner Park Road and continue winding your way up the escarpment past the banana farms
  • At the Sealy lookout turn-off, continue west for approximately 1.8km and turn left into Orara East State Forest.
  • Travel along the gravel road for approximately 1.3km until you reach the Ulidarra National Park sign

By bike

Check out the Bicycle information for NSW website for more information.

By public transport

Ulidarra National Park is not accessible by public transport.

Best times to visit

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

Autumn

Take advantage of excellent birdwatching and immerse yourself in nature.

Spring

Enjoy a picnic beside the pristine waters of Bucca Bucca Creek.

Summer

Escape the crowds at the beach and get off the beaten track in your 4WD.

Winter

Climb to the top of End Peak and enjoy panoramic views towards Coffs Harbour and the coast.

Weather, temperature and rainfall

Summer temperature

Average

17°C and 28°C

Highest recorded

43.3°C

Winter temperature

Average

4°C and 20°C

Lowest recorded

-3.2°C

Rainfall

Wettest month

March

Driest month

August

The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

953.1mm

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 + 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

Coffs Harbour (11 km)

Coffs Harbour is a coastal city on the North Coast, packed with things to do. It's surrounded by lush forests and national parks.

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Woolgoolga (27 km)

Woolgoolga is a busy rural service town with a large Sikh population. It features a coastal setting surrounded by banana farms and forested hills.

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Bellingen (45 km)

Bellingen is a laid-back, tree-lined town with a New Age vibe. It's set in a luxuriant valley beside the Bellinger River.

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Learn more

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

Precious plant life

Rainforest creek, Ulidarra National Park. Photo: Rob Cleary/Seen Australia

Ulidarra National Park provides an important link between the hinterland and plateau habitats of the World Heritage-listed Dorrigo National Park, connecting the mountain ranges of Tuckers Nob in Bindarri National Park to the coastal habitats of Moonee Beach Nature Reserve and Coffs Coast Regional Park. The park conserves rare lowland rainforest, with species such as red carabeen, booyong and bangalow palms. You'll also find old growth sclerophyll forest with coastal blackbutt and turpentine trees, and small areas of wet sclerophyll forest dominated by brushbox.

  • End Peak walking track End Peak walking track is a challenging walk that offers rewarding panoramic views of Coffs Harbour from Ulidarra National Park’s highest point. It’s great for birdwatching and for a picnic with a view.

Park of the people

Forest trail, Ulidarra National Park. Photo: Rob Cleary/Seen Australia

From the early 1880s, Ulidarra National Park and the adjoining Bruxner Park Flora Reserve were used for logging. Throughout the park, you might come across tree stumps that bear the scars of board cuts, a style of tree felling that took place up until the early 1950s. Starting in the early 1930s, local community lobbying for the protection of these areas has seen the protection of Bruxner in 1933, the establishment of Bruxner Park Flora Reserve in 1958, and later the establishment of Ulidarra and nearby Bindarri National Park in 1999.

Mid North Coast menagerie

Forest, Ulidarra National Park. Photo: Rob Cleary

Along with the adjoining Bruxner Park Flora Reserve, Ulidarra provides important habitats for a diverse range of wildlife, including koalas, masked owls, dingoes and little bent-wing bats. Some 232 native vertebrate species make this beautiful place their home, including 40 different mammals, reptiles, frogs and fish. If you're lucky, you might spot threatened species such as Stephens banded snakes, yellow-bellied gliders and powerful owls. There are also 125 different bird species found in Ulidarra, making it a haven for birdwatching. Amongst the myriad of birds you'll find here, you might catch a glimpse of threatened species such as glossy black-cockatoos, brown tree-creepers, barred cuckoo-shrikes, black bitterns, barking owls, powerful owls, wompoo fruit-doves and rose-crowned fruit-doves.

  • End Peak walking track End Peak walking track is a challenging walk that offers rewarding panoramic views of Coffs Harbour from Ulidarra National Park’s highest point. It’s great for birdwatching and for a picnic with a view.

Land of Gumbaynggir

Forest, Ulidarra National Park. Photo: Rob Cleary/Seen Australia

As you explore the remote bushland and admire the unspoilt beauty of Ulidarra National Park, you'll be walking on the traditional lands of the Gumbaynggirr People. The park is part of a larger 'men's area' and was once used for hunting and gathering of bush foods and medicines. The area continues to have special significance for Gumbaynggirr people as it connects them with their Dreamtime stories.

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What we're doing

Ulidarra 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.

4WD trail, Ulidarra National Park. Photo: Rob Cleary