Toonumbar National Park
Extensive subtropical rainforests protect threatened plants and animals, including the sooty owl, red-legged pademelon and yellow-bellied glider. The rainforests of Dome Mountain and the Murray Scrub are part of the World Heritage-listed Central Eastern Rainforest Reserves of Australia. The rainforests are only one facet of this wild and intricate natural environment and you will be inspired by its rugged landscape.
This park is near...
Lismore (90 km)
Best access routes
Toonumbar National Park is on the Richmond Range in the far north-east of NSW, about 810 km from Sydney and 145 km from Brisbane. Leave the Summerland Way at Kyogle and travel west via Afterlee and the Toonumbar Forest Drive, a gravel road 15 km east of Urbenville and 35 km west of Kyogle. The park is 90 km from Lismore and 120 km from Murwillumbah.
Road quality: paved
Facilities & things to do
The Murray Scrub Track provides easy walking access to this World Heritage listed rainforest area. The mostly easy walk starts from Murray Scrub Road, just south of the Iron Pot Creek crossing, and takes 2–3 hours. The Murray Scrub is renowned as one of the best remaining examples of lowland subtropical rainforest on the north coast. The red cedar loop is a highlight of this track.
>>Driving in the park
The Murray Scrub Road, Toonumbar Forest Drive, Coxs Road and North Yabbra Road all provide opportunities for driving in the park. The Murray Scrub Road out of Kyogle by Afterlee Road provides the most reliable access for standard (2WD) vehicles to the Iron Pot Creek picnic and camping area. Please note that the Murray Scrub Road north of Iron Pot Creek is closed to all vehicles. Also note that after heavy rains all roads in the park may be closed to all vehicles.
>>Picnics and barbecues
You'll find two picnic areas in the park. Iron Pot Creek picnic and camping area in the south of the park has tables, barbecues, tank water and toilets. Sherwood Lookout in the north of the park has a table and barbecue. Firewood collection within the park is not permitted. Please bring your own firewood.
Located on Toonumbar Forest Drive, the Murray Scrub Lookout provides unsurpassed views of most of the park, from Dome Mountain to the headwaters of Iron Pot Creek, with the canopy of the Murray Scrub directly below. Ten minutes further north the Sherwood Lookout provides an ideal spot to picnic while enjoying the view to Mt Lindesay, Mt Barney and the Border Ranges.
The Murray Scrub and the Dome Mountain Forest contain significant areas of subtropical and temperate rainforest and are listed with other nearby national parks, such as the Border Ranges and Lamington national parks, as part of the World Heritage Central Eastern Rainforest Reserves of Australia. There are also drier and cooler places in the park and this mosaic of habitats has resulted in an incredible diversity of plant life, from eucalypt woodlands and tall flooded gum-dominated forests, to lush forests of bangalow palms.
The variety of habitats has also resulted in diverse animal populations, for example the marbled frogmouth, koala, Albert lyrebird and a suite of rainforest reptiles and frogs. The rainforest area is an important refuge for a number of fruit-eating pigeons and insectivorous bats. You might see some pademelons in the park at dusk.
The park landscape: geology and landforms
Much of the complexity of the park's natural environment is due to the Focal Peak Volcano, which was active some 23 million years ago. The eroded volcanic remains of Mt Lindesay, Dome Mountain and Edinburgh Castle dominate the landscape today. For thousands of years these volcanic ranges have attracted high rainfall which, combined with rich soils, has allowed rainforests to flourish.
Culture & history
The rugged and intricate landscape of Mt Lindesay, Dome Mountain and Edinburgh Castle have provided the inspiration for many local Aboriginal legends.
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