Werrikimbe National Park

A World Heritage-listed place of wild magnificence, with rainforests, heaths, rushing rivers and spring wildflowers. This is a place with high conservation and landscape values, an outstanding array of biodiversity and magnificent scenery.
Most of the park is declared wilderness and is an ideal escape from the crowds, offering solitude and self-reliant bush walking. There are five visitor areas with basic facilities - three on the eastern side near the edge of the escarpment, and two on the west, on the plateau. The park reflects the landscape, flora and fauna of both the Great Escarpment and the Northern Tablelands.
There are several walking trails that explore the wilderness, or you can drive a 4WD through some parts of the park. With a variety of picnic and camping areas, plenty of possibilities await you.


Getting there

This park is near...
Wauchope (80 km)
Walcha (90 km)


Best access routes
From the east (off the Pacific Highway), there are two access options to Werrikimbe National Park. The Hastings Forest Way is the more frequently travelled route, and is suitable for 2WD vehicles (and smaller vans suited to rough conditions) in most weather conditions. Travel along the Oxley Highway through Wauchope, then just west of the town centre turn right at the Werrikimbe National Park sign onto Beechwood Road. After around 4.5km, at Beechwood, you turn right again onto Bellangry Road. After a further 18km this road becomes Hastings Forest Way, going from paved to unpaved. It continues climbing towards Werrikimbe. After travelling around 38km on the gravel road, you pass the Cockerawombeeba Road intersection. Turn right again, and after a further 2km you'll arrive at the Brushy Mountain camping area.
Road quality: unpaved sections


Alternately, you can take a less frequently travelled route, via Cockerawombeeba Road. This is more suited to 4WD vehicles (not advised for towing vans of any type), and it has some rougher gravel sections. From the Pacific Highway, take the Oxley Highway, pass through Wauchope and continue west along the Oxley Highway for around 48km to the Yarras turnoff. After taking the Yarras turnoff, cross the Hastings River and pass the old Yarras timber mill, then continue 22km to the bridge over Cockerawombeeba Creek. Here the gravel road gets a little rougher (becoming Cockerawombeeba Road) and starts to climb from the valley. From the creek, it's around 11km up the hill to the Plateau Beech access road. You can turn onto this access road and drive 2.6km to Plateau Beech rest area. Alternatively, continue a further 7km to the junction of Hastings Forest Way, turning left and driving 2km to Brushy Mountain Camping Area.
Road quality: unpaved sections


If you're coming from the west, drive along the Oxley Hwy from Walcha for 55km. Turn off into Kangaroo Flat Road and drive for 22km, then along Mooraback Rd for 7km to the park entrance.
Road quality: unpaved sections


Facilities & things to do
>>Walking tracks
>>Car touring
>>4WD & trail bike touring
>>Horse riding
>>Picnics & barbecues
>>Camping grounds


Natural environment

Native plant communities
>>Eucalypt forests


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



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