- Binderay National Park
Nymboi-Binderay is derived from the Aboriginal name for the wild and scenic Nymboida River, which bisects the Park on its way from the Dorrigo Plateau to the mighty Clarence River. In places the forceful river has cut a spectacular sheer-sided granite gorge, where raging rapids are interspersed with deep still pools.
Elsewhere, a diversity of forest types, including the rare Dorrigo White Gum, occupy the rugged slopes of this 16,870 hectare national park.
The park is 25 kilometres north of Dorrigo via the villages of Bostobrick, or Megan and Cascade. Moonpar Forest Drive, a popular 70 kilometre circuit from Dorrigo, gives access to most of the visitor attractions in the southern park of the park. Access to the northern part of the park is on Black Mountain Road via Grafton, Nymboida or Glenreagh. Most forest roads are unsealed, suitable for two-wheel drive vehicles in dry weather.
Things To Do
White water enthusiasts will find plenty of excitement along the river, but other visitors can also enjoy the riverside camping areas and quiet forest roads. Experience bushwalking, swimming, mountain bike riding, bird watching and photography on a pleasant day trip or camping holiday.
Moonpar Forest Drive
Starting from Dorrigo, this half day circuit drive includes the southern park of Nymboi-Binderay National Park as well as Cascade and Junuy Juluum National Parks. There are short turn offs to Platypus Flat Camping Area and Norman Jolly Memorial Grove, where a walk through ancient tallowwood and brush box trees showcases local old growth forest.
Picnic and Camping Areas
Platypus Flat Camping Area
A large swimming hole in the tree lined Nymboida River makes this a popular area in the summer months. It is also the launching point for rafting expeditions. Resident platypus can occasionally be seen in the river, and you may share the river banks with brush-tailed possums, lace monitors and kookaburras. Please do not feed native animals. Platypus Flat is unsuitable for caravans.
The Junction Camping Area
Located just 25km from the village of Nymboida, this quiet and secluded riverside camping area is great for water based recreation. Access : the last 1.4km is 4wd only. A 2wd car park is provide for walk in access.
800m circuit 20 min. A stroll along this track will take you past two massive tallowwood trees estimated to be over 600 years old. The 55 metre high canopy of tallowwoods, brush box and Sydney blue gum gives way to warm temperate rainforest further along the track. Access to the walk is from Norman Jolly Memorial Grove Picnic Area.
Historic Tramline Track (10 min).
View a fascinating timber bridge on a tramline used to transport logs to bush mills in the 1930's.
White Water Rafting
For a different perspective of the river, it is possible to join one of the commercial rafting tours that provide a safe and enjoyable encounter. Contact the Coffs Harbour Visitor Centre for details. Only very experienced canoeists should attempt the white water sections of the river..