NSW
Washpool National Park

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INTRODUCTION:

The Washpool National Park is rich in wildlife, with many important species represented in the park. It conserves an area of about 67 000 hectares.

The national park is recognised as part of the Central Eastern Rainforest Reserves of Australia, a World Heritage area. It protects the largest remaining wilderness rainforest in NSW, including what is known as the 'Willowie Scrub' - the world's largest stand of coachwood rainforest.

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LOCATION MAP:

The Washpool National Park is accessed along the Gwydir Highway between Glen Innes and Grafton - an area known as The World Heritage Way.

 


View Gibraltar Range and Washpool National Park in a larger map

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FEES:

There are both day use and camping fees within Washpool National Park. Fees are to be paid at self-registration facilities within the park. Penalties apply for not registering.

The day use fee per vehicle is $7.00 a day.

Camping fees apply for using the Mulligans Camping Area. Adults (above 16) are $5.00 a night and children (5 to 15) are $3.00 a night.

See the national park website for the latest fee charges.

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ATTRACTIONS/WALKS:

Granite Lookout:

The Granite Lookout Walk is an easy 400m return walk of about 20 minutes duration. The walk is to a natural lookout on top of a boulder. The walk is accessed via Coachwood Drive off the Gwydir Highway.

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Coombadjha Walk:

The Coombadjha Walk is accessed via Coachwood Drive off the Gwydir Highway. The walk is a 1.4km medium grade circuit of about 1 hour's duration.

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Washpool Walk:

The Washpool Walk is accessed via Coachwood Drive off the Gwydir Highway. It is an 8.5km medium grade circuit walk of about 3.5 hours duration. The walk visits Summit Falls and Washpool Lookout.

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World Heritage Walk:

The World Heritage Walk is a walk that passes through both the Washpool National Park and Gibraltar Range National Park. It is a multi-day walk of over 100km of networked marked walking tracks. The main circuit track is about 60km long, with optional side walks adding another 40km to the walk. The walk is considered medium to difficult in grading and depending on how many optional side walks are added to the main loop, will take 5 or more days to complete.

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CAMPING/FACILITIES:

Bellbird Camping Area:

This camping area in Washpool National Park is suitable for buses and caravans to 4m. The camping area has gas barbecues and a wet weather shelter. Access is via the Gwydir Highway and Coachwood Drive.

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Coombadjha Camping Area:

Coombadjha Camping Area is a walk-in camping area. It has a toilet, tables and fireplaces.

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Boundary Creek Camping and Picnic Area:

This camping area is located beside a waterfall. There are spaces large enough for caravans. It has tables, fireplaces and toilets.

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PHOTOS:

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VIDEOS:

ABOVE: Footage from Washpool National
Park

 

ABOVE: Footage from Washpool National
Park

 

ABOVE: Footage from Gibraltar Range
and Washpool National Parks

 

 

 

 

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