Bongil Bongil National Park: has an area of 4180 hectares (10,325 acres) and is situated on the North coast of New South Wales, ten kilometres south of Coffs harbour.
Bongil National Parkprotects 11 kilometres of unspoiled beaches as well as coastal rainforest, estuaries, tall forests and wetlands.
Three sandy dunes run parallel to beaches and this is the best example of this feature in
New South Wales.
The Park is home to one of the state’s largest Koala populations. Western additions, to the Park, provide an unbroken habitat path from the coast to the Dorrigo Plateau. This allows the unimpeded movement of native mammals and invertebrates.
Bongil National Parkis an ideal place for bush and beach walking and fishing. The waterways, within the Park, are perfect for canoeing and kayaking.
Bongil Picnic Area is for day use and is situated on the banks of Bonville Creek. Access is via
Williams Road, off the Pacific Highwayat the northern end of the park.
Tuckers Rocks are reached by
Tuckers Rock Roadat Repton at the southern end of the Park. A beachside parking area is situated at the beginning of the Bundageree Rainforest Walk (6 kilometres return).
The photograph shows one of the Park’s wetlands. This is dominated by a Paperbark (Melaleuca quinquenervia). Growing in close proximity, just out of camera range is another Paperbark (Melaleuca linariifolia). It is not usual to see two Melaleuca species growing together.
Camping is not permitted in the Park but the
is well-known for the range of accommodation available to the traveller. North Coast
The meaning of the Aboriginal name Bongil Bongil is “a place where one stays for a long time because of the abundance of food”. That’s mouthful (pun intended) for just two words.
Bongil National Parkwas dedicated after a lengthy battle. Much of the Park was ear-marked for development.