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Take time out to explore the unparalleled landscapes of Washpool National Park, a place of steep gorges, clear waters and magnificent tracts of ancient rainforest. You’ll find some of the most varied and least-disturbed forest in NSW, including the world’s largest stand of coachwood trees and extraordinary specimens of giant red cedar.


Washpool is part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area, and offers wonderful wilderness walks lasting half an hour to several days, along with simple, miles-from-care camping and picnicking opportunities in gorgeous surrounds.


It’s also a natural haven for an incredible diversity of plants, mammals, amphibians, reptiles and birds, including some of Australia’s rarest and most unusual creatures, like the pouched frog, the long-nosed potoroo, and the beautiful, cat-like spotted-tailed quoll.


Birdwatchers will be in their element here – more than 140 species have been recorded, including the rufous scrub bird and the increasingly rare powerful owl.


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Washpool National Park

Coming SoonPhotos Courtesy Scott Westlake Photography

Distance & direction from Sydney: 635 Klms N NE

Gwydir Highway Cnr of Washpool Rd. Between Glen Innes and Grafton

 Tel: (02) 6739 0700   Website

Washpool National Park

New South Wales

Things to see and do


Coombadjha nature stroll

Whether you’re picnicking, camping or just passing by, the Coombadjha nature stroll is a Washpool National Park must-do.At just 1.4km, this short loop walk will take you on a delightful journey through a variety of forest types, including World Heritage-listed coachwood rainforest, along the banks of the pretty Coombadjha creek.


You’ll find track posts along the easy walk offering insights on the flora and fauna of this special place. The creek viewing platform is a great spot to pause and refresh, while the fern-fringed, shallow Coachwood pool below is an inviting opportunity to cool off with a swim. You can then either return by the same route or venture on to Coombadjha campground. This part of the track is narrow and a bit rough underfoot, but if you really want to stretch your legs, you’ll enjoy the more natural feel.


Washpool Walking track

Immerse yourself in the timeless wonder of the warm temperate forests of Washpool National Park, near Glen Innes. This moderately challenging loop offers the rare opportunity to experience the ancient stands of World Heritage Gondwana Rainforest. Leading from Coombadjha campground, it's an ideal hike for experienced walkers who enjoy birdwatching and wildlife spotting in pristine wilderness.


Winding through gentle hills, this clearly sign posted walking track leads to one of the largest stand of coachwood forest in NSW. You’ll see picturesque waterfalls and spectacular views, with a chance to spot rainforest locals such as satin bower birds and lyrebirds.


Summit Creek is a great spot for a break and the beautiful surrounds make for some superb nature photography. Picnic along the way or head back for a barbecue lunch at the campground, where you might be tempted to camp overnight.