Richmond Range National Park
This park is renowned for its gum species, extensive old-growth forest and the World Heritage-listed rainforest of the Cambridge Plateau. These internationally significant rainforests have an outstanding diversity of native plants and animals including many rare and threatened species. One local spotted gum, related to the more common form spotted gum of the New South Wales east coast, is found only in a small area on the range.
This park is near...
Casino (45 km)
Best access routes
Access is from Casino, via the Bruxner Highway and Cambridge Plateau Forest Drive. Roads are not open during wet weather. The park is 90 km from Lismore or 120 km from Murwillumbah.
Road quality: paved
Facilities & things to do
Picnicking, camping, bushwalking, birdwatching, photography and nature study are rewarding ways to explore the natural splendour of the area.
Two walking tracks begin at the Cambridge Plateau Rest Area. The first is a simple loop walk through a tall forest community that can be walked in about 15 minutes. The second walk, which is mostly of moderate grade, takes about two hours and leads you in a long loop at the edge of the Cambridge Plateau. Signs identify many of the trees along both tracks.
Driving in the park
Cambridge Plateau Forest Drive runs the entire length of the park, from north to south, providing convenient and often spectacular views of World Heritage listed rainforest. However in wet weather it's very slippery and prone to damage. The Cambridge Plateau Rest Area is at the southern end of the drive. Further along the drive, the Richmond Range becomes drier, and you'll encounter tall forests of flooded gum and brush-box. The Richmond Range spotted gum is dominant at this end of the park. You can keep following this road west, then south, to visit Bonalbo and to return to the Bruxner Highway.
Picnics and barbecues
The Cambridge Plateau Rest Area has facilities for picnicking and camping, including barbecues, tables, tank water and toilets. Firewood collection within the park is not permitted. Please bring your own firewood.
From the rest area, you can enjoy views across much of the Richmond River valley. Mount Warning is also visible to the north-east, in the gap between Border Ranges National Park and Nightcap National Park.
At night, spotlighting around the campsite can reveal interesting wildlife, including greater gliders and the mountain brush-tailed possum.
Information for this National Park has been supplied courtesy of The New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Service