Yarriabini National Park

Overview

Explore Yarriabini National Park on a school excursion or day trip. Enjoy spectacular coastal views, a rainforest walk or a scenic drive, as well several great birdwatching and picnicking spots.

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Lush rainforest, clear bubbling creeks, tranquil picnic spots and spectacular coastal views are just a snapshot of what you’ll find at Yarriabini National Park.  A short scenic drive from Nambucca Heads and Kempsey, it provides an ideal day trip for the whole family.

Don’t miss the spectacular views from Yarriabini lookout, where you’ll get expansive views over Macleay Valley and Trial Bay. Take the popular car touring route along Way Way Creek Road to The Pines picnic area and enjoy a peaceful picnic surrounded by vibrant green rainforest. Admire the Aboriginal artwork and learn about the significance of this area to local Aboriginal people.

Pack your mountain bike and cycle through tall forests and across Bangalow palm-lined creeks on Way Way Creek Road. And for those who enjoy birdwatching, you’ll find a colourful array of birdlife. Look out for square-tailed kites, rainforest pigeons and glossy black-cockatoos.

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/yarriabini-national-park/local-alerts

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Visitor info

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

Getting there and parking

Get driving directions

Get directions

    From Macksville:

    • Travel south on the Pacific Highway for approximately 7km
    • Turn left into Albert Drive and follow the signs for ‘Yarrahapinni Mountain’ or ‘Yarriabini National Park’
    • Turn left onto the continuation of Albert Drive and follow for 400m
    • Turn right into Rosewood Road and follow all the way into the park


    From Kempsey:

    • Travel north on the Pacific Highway for approximately 45km
    • Turn right into Albert Drive and follow the signs for ‘Yarrahapinni Mountain’ or ‘Yarriabini National Park’
    • Turn left onto the continuation of Albert Drive and follow for 400m
    • Turn right into Rosewood Road and follow all the way into the park

    Park entry points

    Parking

    By bike

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

    By public transport

    Yarriabini National Park is not directly accessible by public transport. For information about public transport options to nearby towns, visit the NSW country transport info website.

    Best times to visit

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

    Autumn

    Take your mountain bike along Way Way Creek Road and feel the refreshing air in the forest.

    Spring

    Enjoy a scenic drive along Way Way Creek Road, with its bubbling creek crossings and vibrant green forest.

    Summer

    Enjoy a picnic under the shade and wander through the cool rainforest at The Pines picnic area.

    Winter

    Admire the colourful banksias in flower along Tower Road as you head up to Yarriabini lookout to see spectacular views of Macleay Valley.

    Weather, temperature and rainfall

    Summer temperature

    Average

    18°C and 27°C

    Highest recorded

    41.7°C

    Winter temperature

    Average

    11°C and 19°C

    Lowest recorded

    4°C

    Rainfall

    Wettest month

    March

    Driest month

    September

    The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

    702.6mm

    Facilities

    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

    Macksville (12 km)

    Macksville is a relaxed fishing and oyster-farming town centre of a rich rural district. It's on low-lying land around the Nambucca River.

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    Kempsey (51 km)

    Kempsey is a historic river town close to national parks and majestic beaches. Kempsey is a convenient place for an overnight stop for anyone driving between Sydney and the North Coast.

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    Port Macquarie (98 km)

    Vibrant Port Macquarie is surrounded by beautiful waterways - the Hastings River, canals, creeks, bays and the Pacific Ocean. The city also has a five-star collection of golden-sand beaches stretching from Port Macquarie Beach to Town Beach and north along the 16-km swathe of North Beach.

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    Learn more

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

    Diverse plantlife

    Beach and rocky headland in Yarriabini National Park. Photo: Shane Ruming

    Yarriabini's unique geographical location supports a remarkable blend of different vegetation types. You'll find tall old growth forests on the steeper slopes around Scotts Mountain and around Mount Yarrahapinni. Wander through the lush rainforest near The Pines picnic area and see the ferns, lianas and orchids that are part of this unique ecosystem.

    • The Pines picnic area The Pines picnic area in Yarriabini National Park is a relaxing spot for a family picnic. Wander along the rainforest walking track, admire Aboriginal art and relax in this tranquil forest setting.
    • Way Way Creek Road drive Winding through the tall rainforest, across creeks, this picturesque car touring route provides an ideal family day trip or a spectacular day cycling through the park.

    Birdwatcher's haven

    Beach and ocean coastline in Yarriabini National Park. Photo: Shane Ruming

    Gazing out from Yarriabini lookout or strolling through the rainforest, you're bound to find an abundance of bird watching opportunities. Listen out for the bubbling  "wom-poo" call of the wompoo fruit-dove and look for its multi-coloured plumage among the Bangalow palms at The Pines picnic area or along rainforest creeks. You'll also find several owl species and other types of rainforest pigeons thriving under the rainforest canopy. You might also spot glossy black-cockatoos feeding on casuarina seeds in eastern areas of the park.

    • The Pines picnic area The Pines picnic area in Yarriabini National Park is a relaxing spot for a family picnic. Wander along the rainforest walking track, admire Aboriginal art and relax in this tranquil forest setting.

    Aboriginal culture

    Aboriginal culture tribute, Yarriabini National Park. Photo: G Wallace

    Yarriabini, meaning 'koala rolling', is the Aboriginal name for the prominent coastal mountain that dominates the park, also known as Mount Yarrahapinni. The mountain and the surrounding area is part of an important cultural Dreaming story and very significant to the Dunghutti, Ngambaa and Gumbaynggirr Aboriginal people. Admire the amazing mosaic artwork at The Pines picnic area and see the important connection Aboriginal people have to the mountains, rivers and forests of this park.

    • The Pines picnic area The Pines picnic area in Yarriabini National Park is a relaxing spot for a family picnic. Wander along the rainforest walking track, admire Aboriginal art and relax in this tranquil forest setting.

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    What we're doing

    Yarriabini 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.

    Yarriabini National Park. Photo: Shane Ruming