A Tiny Hidden Gem // Yarriabini National Park (NSW)

Yarriabini National Park is one of the smallest national parks in New South Wales. It might be small but it’s perfectly formed, with peaceful rainforest groves, wild swimming spots and hikes for all levels.


Highlights

  • Hiking to epic views of South West Rocks
  • Dense, lush rainforest
  • Swimming holes
  • Bird life
  • Endless hiking trails

Yarriabini National Park

Yarriabini National Park is a tiny hidden gem on the New South Wales North Coast. It hosts endless walking trails including a three and a half hour hike from the Pines Picnic Ground to Mount Yarrahapinni, with an ascent to the top where views overlook Fisherman’s Reach and South West Rocks to the east. Yarriabini translates to “Koala rolling” in the local Gumbaynggirr language.

A Tiny Hidden Gem // Yarriabini National Park (NSW) Calumn Hockey slip and slide, fallen tree trunk, bridge, forest, trees

Climbing Mount Yarrahapinni

Various routes are available to the top of Mount Yarrahapinni. Way Way Creek Road onto Tower Road is the easiest climb (6.1km one way) or you can take Donohue’s Road (5.2km) for a harder ascent. Both tracks return via the same way to the Pines Picnic Ground.

Pines Picnic Ground

At the Pines Picnic Ground, there is a much smaller walk, suitable for those just wanting to check out the area, where dense batches of bangalow palms edge Way Way Creek and strangler figs overtake their host trees. A mere 300m stroll through your surrounds gives you the chance to hear the native Wompoo Fruit Dove and its ‘wom-poo’ call as it feasts on figs.

A Tiny Hidden Gem // Yarriabini National Park (NSW) Calumn Hockey, forest, tree, hikers

Before leaving Yarriabini National Park, take the time to read about the songlines of the area at the Pines Picnic Ground, relating to the Gumbaynggirr people of the past and present.

Essential Gear

  • Hiking boots
  • Insect repellant
  • Camera gear
  • At least two litres of water
  • Snacks

How To Get There


Located twenty minutes south of Macksville, New South Wales, along Scott’s Head Road, access to Yarriabini National Park is generally easy for all vehicles, although after rain periods, roads may become inaccessible due to Way Way Creek swelling.

Activities

  • Hiking
  • Bird watching
  • Admiring the views

Skill Level

  • Way Way Creek Road to Yarrahapinni Lookout – Intermediate
  • Donohue’s Road to Yarrahapinni Lookout – Intermediate
  • Pines Picnic Stroll – Beginner

Distance Covered

Way Way Creek Road to Yarrahapinni Lookout: 6.1km one way, approximately three and a half hours for a return hike.

Donohue’s Road to Yarrahapinni Lookout: 5.2km one way, approximately three and a half hours for a return hike.

Pines Picnic Stroll: 300m

 


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