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The Tapin Tops National Park is located to the north west of Wingham and is reached via Elands Road, Wherrol Flat Road, Dingo Tops Road and Knodingbul Road (from Wingham). The park protects an area of almost 11 000 hectares, of which almost 45% is considered old growth forest. The park also protects a number of threatened species including a number of bat species (Coomon and Little Bent-wing Bats, Greater Broad-nosed Bat, etc), Spotted-tailed Quoll, Koala, Parma Wallaby, Red-legged Pademelon, Glossy Black Cockatoo, Wompoo Fruit-Dove, Powerful Owl, etc. It is also thought that there may be a population of pure-breed Dingoes in the park.
Within the park are a number of locally significant rivers and streams, including the Rowleys River, Nowendoc River, Dingo Creek and Bobin Creek.
The former occupants of the area were the Biripi indiginous people. The name of the park means dingo (Tapin) in the local 'Kattang' language.
The national park was declared in 1999.
Camping is allowed at the Dingo Tops Rest Area toward the centre of the park. The rest area has a self-registration system in place and there is a fee for camping ($3.00/$2.00). The rest area was formerly a forestry work camp and there are some logging relics on display including a tractor.
At the rest area there are gas BBQs in a sheltered picnic area, as well as other tables and toilet facilities.
The Potoroo Falls walking track begins at the Potoroo Picnic Area. The picnic area has picnic tables, wood BBQ facilities and toilets - no camping is allowed.
This walk is an easy 10 minute walk (600m) to the falls on Little Run Creek, however, there are several creek crossings included on the walk and this means some wading through ankle to knee-deep water.
Dingo Tops Rest Area:
At the Dingo Tops Rest Area there are two walks - the longer one (45 minutes) is currently closed and has been for some time due to storm damage.
The shorter walk is a 10 minute circuit type walk that begins from near the camping self-registration area. This walk leads through the sub-tropical rainforest where various trees have been labelled for easy visitor identification.
Harry Browns Lookout:
Harry Browns Lookout is located not far from the Dingo Tops Rest Area. The lookout is 100m off the road. The lookout has views of Rowleys Rock and the surrounding landscape.
Rowleys Rock Lookout:
The Rowleys Rock Lookout is located off Rowleys Road. The road to the car park from the turn off from Rowleys Road is about 300 or so metres. The walk then proceeds from the car park up the mountain to the lookout. The walk is extremely steep and there is a section of some 100 steps directly beneath the lookout. The walk is said to be a 45 minute walk (430m), however it is significantly shorter for healthier and fitter walkers. The return walk to the car park is significantly quicker than the walk up.
The lookout has a platform which provides 360 degree views over the park and beyond. Rowleys Rock sits at 1018m above sea level.
ABOVE: Old Bush Fire
ABOVE: Old Picnic Area
NOTE: The two pictures to the left
are of an old lookout area further
along the Knodingbul Road
from the Rowleys Road
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