Mummel Gulf National Park

The ancient old-growth forests of this park cling to the edge of the Great Escarpment, which drops from 1450m down to 470m. The park is the site of protests against continued logging in the early 1990s, and it protects a number of threatened plants and animal species.


Park highlights

 

>>Drive along Mummel Forest Road to experience the beautiful tall wet forests.
>>Take a short walk from the New Country Swamp Rest Area for views over the rugged Mummel Gulf.
>>Camp overnight at New Country Swamp to experience the song of the forest birds, and possibly hear the resonating call of a powerful owl.
>>Walk amongst the snow gums along the Panhandle Fire Trail, for great views over the Tia Valley.

 

Facilities & things to do

 

>>Walking tracks
>>Cycling
>>Car touring
>>4WD & trail bike touring
>>Horse riding
>>Picnics & barbecues
>>Lookouts
>>Camping grounds

 

Natural environment

Native plant communities
>>Rainforests
>>Eucalypt forests
>>Woodlands

Native animals
>>Mammals
>>Birds

 

Culture & history

 

The park area since colonisation
The explorer John Oxley passed through this area in 1818. Soon after, the area was explored by timber-getters and illegal land settlers. A road, built with convict labour to link the wool-growing settlement of Walcha with Port Macquarie, passed through the northern section of the park.

 

Some of the park has been logged, and some areas have also been used for rough forest grazing, although only small sections of the park have been cleared. The park has also been used for small-scale manganese mining.

 

There are few significant historic sites to be found in the park, although evidence of previous uses such as old fence lines can be seen.

History of the park
Mummel Gulf National Park was created in 1999, as part of the national regional forest agreement process. Earlier in the 1990s, the park had been the scene of anti-logging protests.

 

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

 

 

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