Coorabakh-NP.JPG (27085 bytes)Coorabakh National Park: has an area of 1840 hectares (4550 acres) and is situated 25 kilometres north west of Taree, on the mid north coast of New South Wales. This area is a recent addition to the New South Wales National Park estate (2002) and was previously part of Landsdowne State Forest. The Park is dominated by three volcanic intrusions known as the Nellies.
Coorabakh National Park protects at least 12 vegetation communities. There are forests of Blackbutt (Eucalyptus pilularis) and Turpentine (Syncarpia glomulifera). There are also areas of sub-tropical rainforest.
A number of threatened animals live in the Park, including the Tiger Quoll, Yellow-bellied Glider and the Stuttering Frog.
Hibbertia hexandra, Hakea archaeoides and Drachyphyllum macranthum are some of the rare and threatened native plants that are protected in Coorabakh National Park. There are also populations of the rare bottlebrush, Callistemon acuminatus.
The Newby Creek walk is a short track that follows Newbys Creek to a couple of large, overhanging rock formations. The creek is lined with beautiful ferns and many rainforest trees and shrubs. There are also lookouts that are accessible from the road that traverses the Park.
The image shows Coral Fern (Gleichenia species ) and Blackwattle (Callicoma serratifolia) growing beside the access road.
Access to Coorabakh National Park is from the townships of Moorlands and Coopernook via the Coopernook Forest Way. Camping facilities are available at Coopernook Forest Park about ten minutes from the Pacific Highway and thirty minutes from Coorabakh National Park.
By New South Wales standards this is a relatively small National Park. It is surrounded by extensive State Forests that buffer the Park from developed areas.