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Lush World-Heritage-Gondwana Rainforest, tinkling streams, dramatic gorges and an impressive plateau environment just over the edge of the Great Escarpment make Washpool National Park a singularly spectacular walking destination.
Located 78km east of Glen Innes and accessible via the Gwydir Highway, Washpool is a wonderful destination to stretch your legs on an expansive network of graded walking tracks, as you meander through ancient forests.
Stay: Four Bull Hut, Coombadjha campground, Bellbird campground
Picnic: Coachwood picnic area, Granite picnic area
Explore: Coachwood Pool lookout, Coombadjha nature stroll, Granite walking track, Granite lookout, Washpool walking track, Gibraltar-Washpool World Heritage walk, Washpool horse riding trails
Explore Washpool National Park’s rich history through stories of people who’ve wandered this trail.
1. Download the Soundtrails app from the App Store or Google Play (it’s free).
2. Open the Soundtrails app and enable location services.
3. Find the Coombadjha Walk Soundtrail and select download.
4. Connect your headphones or turn up your speakers and follow the map trail listening to the stories as you go.
Note: Download the Soundtrail prior to arriving at Washpool National Park, as service is limited. Once downloaded, you can access it offline.
Gibraltar Range National Park treats you to magnificent walks, lookouts, and picnic spots in World Heritage-listed Gondwana Rainforest.
Located 79km east of Glen Innes and accessible via the Gwydir Highway, Gibraltar Range is best known for its spectacular granite areas weathered into fantastic outcrops, huge granite tors and dazzling spring wildflower displays.
Stay: Boundary Falls campground, Gibraltar House, Mulligans campgroundPicnic: Boundary Falls picnic area, Dandahra picnic area, Mulligans picnic area, Platypus picnic area
Explore: Gibraltar-Washpool World Heritage walk, Anvil Rock walking track, Boundary Falls lookout, Dandahra Crags walking track, Dandahra Falls walking track, Duffer Falls walking track, Forest walking track, Junction Spur walking track, Little Dandahra Creek walking track, Lyrebird Falls lookout, Lyrebird Falls walking track, Murrumbooee Cascades walking track, Raspberry lookout, The Needles walking track, Tree Fern Forest walking track, Washpool walking track
Guy Fawkes National Park is a wilderness paradise popular for bushwalking and birdwatching. You can also enjoy fishing, swimming and canoeing along the Boyd River.
The park is popular with experienced bushwalkers who want to explore the Guy Fawkes River Valley, but there are lots of great activities to enjoy among the peaceful gorges and slow-flowing rivers.
Stay: Chaelundi campground, Dalmorton campground
Picnic: Spring Gully picnic area
Explore: Ebor Falls, Escarpment walk (includes Chaelundi Falls lookout, Lucifers Thumb lookout & Wurrang lookout), Misty Creek lookout
With loads of natural beauty and historic significance, Mann River Nature Reserve is perched on the eastern edge of the New England Tablelands.
Butterleaf National Park includes the crest of the Great Dividing Range, which marks a change in the geology of the area from east to west. It supports many different forest communities, as well as heaths and swamps of rocky outcrops.
The old-growth forests have huge trees with hollows that are homes for yellow-bellied and greater gliders, as well as powerful owls.
Spotted-tailed quolls use hollow logs on the ground, while a small isolated population of common wombats live in the area.
Nymboida National Park is the perfect place for the keen adventurer. If camping in remote, unspoilt beauty surrounded by dramatic landforms neighbouring the beautiful Nymboida River sounds appealing, point your 4WD towards Nymboida River campground.
Push your canoe out into the river or take a summer dip while listening out for the distinctive chink of the bellbirds. There are no marked tracks, but experienced bushwalkers will love the wild beauty of Nymboida.
This is a quiet campground and there's every chance you may have the place to yourself. Even getting there’s an adventure - Old Glen Innes-Grafton Road passes through a historic hand-cut tunnel into the stillness of the deserted valley.
Cast your imagination into the past and you may hear the snap of the reins on the Cobb & Co. coach team, the thud of the timber getter’s axe, or the cry of the bullocky hauling down the track to the mighty Clarence River.
Stay: Nymboida River campground
Little Llangothlin Nature Reserve covers 257 hectares and includes Little Llangothlin Lagoon of approximately 120 hectares and a portion of the smaller Billy Bung Lagoon.
The reserve is easily accessible by driving from Glen Innes, making it a great destination for car touring and day trips.
Lagoon Circuit walking track is a great option if you wish to explore the area and presents plenty of birdwatching opportunities.
Picnic: Little Llangothlin picnic area
Explore: Lagoon Circuit walking track
Get off the beaten track and experience dramatic views, giant rock formations, secluded camping, peaceful picnic spots and fossicking within Torrington State Conservation Area.
Step back in time to the bygone era of mining on the Mole Tableland when hopefuls came from as far as England and China to explore the deposits of tin and other minerals. At its peak in the 1920s, Torrington and nearby villages swelled to accommodate around 600 miners but sharply declined in 1946 when mining virtually stopped.
Stay: Blatheram campground
Picnic: Blatheram picnic area, Mystery Face picnic area, Nomads picnic area
Explore: Mystery Face walking track, Ugly Corner Falls walking track, Thunderbolt's Lookout walking track
Download the NSW National Parks app for maps and walks of all our region's national parks, or visit the Glen Innes Visitor Information Centre to pick up a printed brochure.
NSW National Parks App: IOS | Android
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