Tooloom National Park

The Tooloom Scrub rainforest is World Heritage-listed, including important areas of red and flooded gum. There are 10 species of kangaroos and wallabies in the park, including the threatened long-nosed potoroo.
You can enjoy a quiet picnic or go on a bushwalk. With a choice of tracks from short and easy to something more challenging, you're sure to find one to suit your needs.


Getting there
This park is near...
Kyogle (0 km)


Best access routes
Tooloom National Park is in the far north-east of NSW, about 850 km from Sydney and 185 km from Brisbane. The park is about 10 km from Urbenville on the road to Legume.
Road quality: paved


Facilities & things to do:
>>Walking tracks
From the picnic area there is a 30 minute loop walk through subtropical rainforest and you can walk to Tooloom Lookout. To get to the northern section of the park, walk along Wallaby Creek Rd and fire trail.


>>Picnics and barbecues
You'll find the Tooloom picnic area on the Urbenville to Legume road. There are toilets, shelters and wood barbecues. Firewood collection within the park is not permitted. Please bring your own firewood.


From Tooloom Lookout you'll get some great views of the World Heritage listed Tooloom Scrub.


Natural environment
The forest mosaic in Tooloom National Park provides a critical refuge for a wide range of native animals. Tooloom Scrub is World Heritage listed as part of the Central Eastern Rainforest Reserves of Australia.


Native plants
The vegetation in the park is varied, from the forest redgum dominated woodlands of the valley, through moist eucalypt forests to subtropical rainforest on the plateau. You can see the beautiful yellow Carabeen in sheltered parts of the plateau or pockets of dry rainforest in the Wallaby Creek valley.


Native animals
There are many mammals in the park, including 10 species of kangaroos and wallabies. Some of these are threatened, such as the black-striped wallaby, long-nosed potoroo, rufous bettong and the red-legged pademelon. The subtropical rainforests provide refuge for threatened birds such as powerful owls, masked owls, red goshawks and Albert lyrebirds.


The park landscape: geology and landforms
The soils of the park are derived from basalt rocks that overlay older sedimentary rocks. The basalt rocks originated from the Focal Peak Volcano which was active some 23 million years ago.


Culture & history

Aboriginal heritage
Tooloom Falls is named after the local Aboriginal word for headlice 'dooloomi' which relates to the Aboriginal story of the falls.
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.

History in the park
Exploitation of the cedar in the park began in 1880. This was later than in the coastal forests because of the remoteness of the area. European settlement of the area began in earnest around 1900 and focussed on timber harvesting and saw milling.


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



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