Washpool National Park
The landscape of steep gorges, clear waters and expansive World Heritage rainforest protects some of the most diverse and least disturbed forest in NSW, including the world's largest stand of coachwood trees. The scope for wilderness walking is excellent.
This park is near...
Glen Innes (78 km)
Grafton (93 km)
Best access routes
Take the Coachwood Drive turnoff from the Gwydir Highway to get to the picnic and camping areas.
Road quality: unpaved sections
Facilities & things to do
>>Picnics & barbecues
>>Reptiles and amphibians
Culture & history
The park area since colonisation
The Washpool area has a long history of selective logging, dating back to the 1800s when the valuable red cedar trees drew timber cutters with bullocks, axes and crosscut saws into these remote ranges.
With the development of machinery, the increasing pressure to exploit these forests met strong protest action from conservation groups. In 1979 an independent environmental assessment proved the Washpool area had significant plant and animal populations that either weren't found anywhere else in the state or were not well protected in reserves.
History of the park
Washpool National Park had a controversial beginning and was created in 1983 as a result of the changing community attitude to our rainforest areas. There was turmoil between those who saw forests as a source of raw materials and those who saw forests as special environments with many unique values. This conflict helped focus community attention on the need to protect the Washpool and Gibraltar Range forests so everyone could enjoy them in the future.
Information for this National Park has been supplied courtesy of The New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Service