This park offers a great range of things to see and do, and places to go. With an area of 17,000 ha its variety of environments include 38 km of beach, sections of littoral (coastal) rainforest, heathlands, coastal cypress stands, lagoons and wetlands on relatively undisturbed coastal plains. Curious rock formations abound, notably at Black Rocks and along the coast near the Esk River – the longest natural coastal river ecosystem on the north coast.
Perfect canoeing conditions are found on the sheltered inland waterways. The ocean beaches provide the ideal family or group getaway for surfing, fishing or simply relaxing.
An early morning or evening stroll through the heathlands will reveal many delightful sights including some rare plants and animals. A total of 205 bird, 30 mammal, 38 reptile and 13 amphibian species have been recorded in the park. This great variety of life reflects the value of this area for conservation.
The presence of extensive Aboriginal middens and campsites throughout the park is witness to the richness and diversity of the natural habitats which supported the Bundjalung people for many thousands of years.
Fortunately the park escaped intensive environmental change from timber-getters and farming settlers. However, sand mining caused disturbance to some natural areas. Rehabilitation measures and careful management will ensure the return of natural vegetation to those areas affected within the park.
Gumma Garra Picnic Area located near Evans Head is the most northerly visitor area providing B-B-Q’s, picnic tables, pit toilets and walking tracks. Fresh water is not provided so please bring your own. This area is for day use only and people wishing to camp have the alternative of Black Rocks Camping Area or Woody Head Camping Area to the south.
Black Rocks Camping Area reached by turning of the Pacific Highway south of Woodburn, into Gap Road (signposted), is a popular camping destination. Camping fees apply to anyone camping overnight and campers are asked to register at the self-registration stations on arrival. Limited gas and wood B-B-Q’s are provided but we encourage visitors to bring their own fuel stoves. Pit toilets are provided. Fresh water is not provided so please bring your own.
Woody Head Camping Area at the southern end of the park is suitable for caravans and for those wishing to have full amenities and facilities. This picturesque and sheltered headland with bays and beaches caters for family holidays.
Fees are charged here and bookings are essential to avoid disappointment. Phone
(02) 6646 6134 daily between 9 am and 10 am, or write to PO Box 15, Iluka 2460.
Off-road recreational type vehicle use is not permitted within the park. All vehicles are to remain on formed roads. Beach access for 4WD’s is permitted between the beach accesses at Shark Bay and Black Rocks. All vehicles must be registered.
LOCATION AND ACCESS
Bundjalung National Park is situated about 60 km north of Grafton and 55 km south of Ballina on the scenic north coast of NSW. Three roads turn off the Pacific Highway giving all weather access to different areas of the park.
For more information contact:
NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service
Lismore District, Colonial Arcade,
Main Street, ALSTONVILLE 2477
Phone (02) 6627 0200
Information provided by National Parks & Wildlife Services