Dunggir National Park

A place of spectacular extremes, the landscape of Dunggir alternates between sharp ridges of eucalypt forest and deep ravines of rainforest. This harsh geography is a refuge for many threatened animals, including yellow-bellied gliders, powerful owls and the koalas from which the park takes its name. Dunggir means koala in the language of the local Gumbaynggir Aboriginal people.

 

Picnic areas and walking tracks are still being developed in this new park. In the mean time, you can take a scenic drive to the top of Bowra Sugarloaf Mountain and from Kosekai Lookout you'll enjoy spectacular views of the surrounding forests and all the way to the coast.

 

Getting there

This park is near...
>>Nambucca Heads (40 km)

 

Best access routes

Located on the mid north coast of NSW, the park is approximately 500 km from Sydney. It's about 40 km south-west of Nambucca Heads and 20 km west of Bowraville. You can reach the park with a conventional car in dry weather, but in wet weather only 4WD vehicles are allowed on the unsealed forest roads leading to the park. Approach from the north-east via Buckra Bendinni and Hanging Rock roads, or from the south-east via Taylors Arm and Kosekai roads.
Road quality: unpaved sections

 

Natural environment

Native plants

 

The park's distinguishing feature is its striking landscape, with ridges of eucalypt forests intercepted by deep ravines of rainforest, including subtropical, warm temperate and dry rainforest. The park protects some of the region's remaining old-growth stands and nearly 400 different native plants, including grey ironbark, Nambucca ironbark, blunt wistaria, five-leaved bonewood and rusty plum.

 

Native animals

 

Dunggir is home to a great variety of birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians. These include threatened species such as yellow-bellied gliders, koalas, powerful owls and glossy black cockatoos. The old-growth forests provide habitat for animals dependent on hollow trees, such as eastern pygmy possums and sooty owls. At least 12 species found in the park are listed as threatened, including tiger quolls, spaghnum frogs and parma wallabies.

 

The park landscape: geology and landforms

 

The park covers very steep terrain. Its highest point is Bowra Sugarloaf Mountain, which reaches 870 m above sea level.

 

Culture & history

 

Aboriginal heritage
Dunggir National Park lies within the territory of the Gumbaynggir people, which extends from Grafton in the north to the Nambucca River in the south and westward from the coast to the headwaters of the Nymboida River. The park has many sites of spiritual importance to the Gumbaynggir, who still collect bush foods and medicines from the area.

 

The land and waterways, and the plants and animals that live in them, feature in all facets of Aboriginal culture – including recreational, ceremonial, spiritual and as a main source of food and medicine. They are associated with dreaming stories and cultural learning that is still passed on today. We work with local Aboriginal communities to protect this rich heritage.

 

To find out more about Aboriginal heritage in the park, you can get in touch with the local Aboriginal community. Contact the park office for more details.

 

Information for this National Park has been supplied courtesy of  The New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Service

 

 

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