The number of National Parks and State Forests thriving along the Legendary Pacific Coast continue to be one of the foremost attractions for both local and international tourists escaping city life for calm, peaceful, connectedness to nature.
The Legendary Pacific Coast has gathered together more than 60 national parks and state forests into a Special Experience Trail on www.pacificcoast.com.au and encourages locals and visitors alike to rediscover and celebrate the great outdoors.
Inspiration and the directions are all available on The Legendary Pacific Coast National Park and State Forest Trail, including road maps, details on precise locations, facilities and recreational pursuits – all making it easier to discover and enjoy all of nature’s wonders.
Closer to Sydney on the Central Coast, Bouddi National Park delivers small secluded beaches fringed by rainforests, sandstone cliffs, and coastal heaths blanketed in spring and summer wildflowers. Camp under the stars at Putty Beach, Little Beach and Tallow Beach and discover picturesque Maitland Bay and the wreck of the PS Maitland.
Barrington Tops National Park in the Gloucester region serves up stunning contrasts in the Gondwana Rainforest of Australia World Heritage Area. Most of the park is declared wilderness, with wild and scenic rivers and winter snow caps. Here you can enjoy walks through Antarctic Beech forests, high altitude swamp Snow Gum woodlands, tall eucalypt forests and beautiful waterfalls.
In the Nambucca region, Gaagal Wanggaan (South Beach) National Park offers a variety of water activities and other great things to do, like kayaking, swimming, boating and fishing.
Some places are so special they demand protection, and such was the case with the stretch of coastal land between Nambucca Heads and Scotts Head, near Macksville. Home to the local Gumbaynggirr People, this area is recognised as a vital spot for state preservation in a joint management agreement with the Traditional Owners.
Embracing Warrell Creek, Gaagal Wanggaan National Park covers an undisturbed coastal dune system, littoral rainforest, shrubland, and estuarine mangroves – a variety of breathtaking natural environments that teem with migratory wildlife and precious endangered species.
Bundjalung National Park encompasses 38 km of protected coastline. The beaches suit surfing, fishing and swimming, and the creeks are popular for canoeing. There’s car based camping at Black Rocks accessible by an unsealed 2WD road, and camping, caravan and cabin accommodation is available at Woody Head. Additionally, there are picnic areas near Iluka Bluff, with its great whale watching lookout and a cultural heritage display in the picnic shelter.
And, if you’ve got the time, take the Yuraygir Coastal Walk in the Clarence for a multi day hike along one of the longest stretches of untouched coastline in NSW, where you can whale watch, snorkel, swim and stay overnight in beach camp grounds.
For more information, visit: http://pacificcoast.com.au/itineraries-and-trails/experience-trails/national-parks/