One of the wonderful things about Glen Innes is that it is a great place to make your base while you explorer the New England region. You can head north to Tenterfield and Emmaville, south to Armidale, west to Inverell and east to two incredible Heritage listed national Parks. Just under an hour away, heading east on the Gwydir Highway is Washpool National Park. A perfect day trip from Glen Innes.
Washpool National Park is a protected national park whose home is in the Glen Innes Highlands. This incredible park of 58,678 hectares was established in 1983 to preserve the significant plant and animal populations found in the Washpool and Gibraltar Range forests. The park was added to the World Heritage Site Gondwana Rainforests of Australia in 1986 and added to the Australian National Heritage List in 2007.
When planning a visit to the Washpool National Park you can enjoy hiking, bushwalking, picnicking, swimming, birdwatching and being enthralled with spectacular views. Washpool National Park is a walker’s paradise. There is an expansive network of graded walking tracks included the popular World Heritage Walk which links Gibraltar Range and Washpool National Parks. There are walks to suit everyone whether you are after a short stroll before sitting down for a picnic lunch or you would like to plan an all-day adventure.
There is a huge range of threatened and endangered species who make Washpool National Park their home due to its diverse habitats. Animals that call Washpool National Park home include koalas, spotted-tailed quolls, parma wallabies and long-nosed potoroos. There are also many birdlife. If you are extra vigilant you might spot the rufous scrub bird or the powerful owl which inhabits the hollows of trees in the tall open forest.
So, whether you are after a challenging adventure or a short stroll while you immerse yourself in beautiful surrounds, Washpool National Park certainly has options for you. Being a short drive from Glen Innes it is a perfect day trip and gives you the opportunity to surround yourself with nature and enjoy some incredible scenery.
When it is open: Washpool National Park is open year-round. There are times when it might close due to poor weather or threat of bushfire. If either of these things are a possibility it is always best to check with NSW National Parks.
Getting there: From Glen Innes head east for 78 km on the Gwydir Highway. Take the Coachwood Drive turn off which will take you to Washpool National Park.
Fees: Park entry fees are $8 per vehicle per day. The park uses a self-registration fee collection system. Please take the correct change with you and display your receipt on the dashboard of your.
For more information about visiting Washpool National Park please head to the website of NSW National Parks.