national park in Australia

Wyrrabalong National Park is in the Central Coast region of New South Wales, Australia, and holds one of the last remaining coastal rainforests in the Central Coast. The area of the park is only 6.2km2 making it one of the smallest national parks in New South Wales.

Understand Edit

History Edit

The land now occupied by Wyrrabalong National Park was first inhabited by the indigenous Darkinjung and Awabakal peoples. The Darkinjung occupied the southern section and The Awabakal occupied the northern section. It is believed Europeans first discovered the Tuggerah Lakes in 1796. It was found by Governor of Tasmania, Colonel David Collins, who had arrived on the First Fleet, during the search for an escaped convict, Mary Morgan, who was said to be living with the Aborigines to the North of the Hawkesbury River.

Landscape Edit

The 620 ha national park consists of two sections; the northern section consists of approximately 480 ha and covers a substantial area of the peninsula between The Entrance and Norah Head as well as Terilbah and Pelican Islands within Tuggerah Lake. The southern section consists of about 120 ha of the coast, from Shelly Beach south to Forresters Beach.

Flora and fauna Edit

The park is known for containing the last significant coastal (littoral) rainforest on the Central Coast. And since most of the park lies in the Tuggerah Important Bird Area, identified as such by BirdLife International because of its importance for a variety of water and woodland birds

Climate Edit

The climate in Wyrrabalong National Park is generally similar to that off the Central Coast.

Get in Edit

Map of Wyrrabalong National Park


Main section Edit

Given that the two sides (east and west) of the park is by the water, it leaves only the north and south of the park accessible via land. And thus, to access the northern end of the park, use A49 Wilfred Barrett Drive from the Pacific Highway (takes about half an hour), and the southern entry point is just north from The Entrance and takes about 10 minutes via car.

Southern section Edit

There is also a small tiny patch of the park halfway between the towns of Terrigal and the Entrance. This section can also only be accessed via car, at a turnoff from A49.

Fees and permits Edit

There are no fees in the park, but the park is only open from 5:30AM-6PM when there's no daylight savings, and 5:30AM-8PM during daylight savings.

Get around Edit

  • Within the same section, walk
  • Within different sections, you have no choice but to take the car

See Edit

Do Edit

  • 1 The Coast walking track. 3km one-way, from the southern areas of the southern section to the northern areas of the park, passing clifftops, blackbutts and spotted gums.
  • 2 Lillypilly loop trail (Lilly Pilly loop trail), Magenta. 3.5km loop which should take about 1.25-1.75 hours to do. But this trail passes more through the coastal rainforests than other trails in the park.
  • 3 Red Gum trail.

Buy, eat, drink and sleep Edit

There are no places to eat, drink, sleep or buy items. Nearest town in the northern section is in Noraville where you can do just that and it's either Erina or The Entrance in the southern section.

Stay safe Edit

Despite, crime being quite high in the northern areas of the Central Coast, it should generally not be a concern in the park. Just do the normal precautions you do anywhere.

Go next Edit

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