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National Parks

Home to large sections of ancient Gondwana Rainforest – the most extensive subtropical rainforest in the world with primitive plants and animals from the beginning of time – The Tweed is naturally a place for immersing in green forests and fresh air.

Experience breathtaking nature in our many National Parks and nature reserves on a short or multi-day hike, birdwatching, camping or cooling off in lakes or rock-pools.

Natural trails of discovery

The distinctive peak of Mount Warning in Wollumbin National Park is so large it can be seen from all over the region. Meaning ‘cloud catcher’ in local indigenous language due to its towering height of 1,157m, explore the base of Wollumbin Mount Warning on the easy Lyrebird Track.

World Heritage-listed Border Ranges National Park has stands of Antarctic beech forests dating back 2000 years, along with waterfalls, stunning lookouts, campgrounds and walking tracks ranging from 200m to 10.5km.

Take shade under towering native pines in Nightcap National Park and keep an eye out for goannas, kookaburras, brush-tail possums, spotted-tailed quoll and koalas. Camp under the stars and hike to Protesters Falls, site of Australia’s first successful anti-logging protest in 1979.

Close to Cabarita Beach, Cudgen Nature Reserve is a tranquil spot for birdwatching and relaxed picnics, with Cudgen Lake a mecca for fishing, paddling, swimming, SUPing and sailing.

Eucalypt trees, old growth woodland, ancient figs and tropical rainforest are a safe haven for rare or threatened species in Mebbin National Park, including large owls, the giant barred frog, lace monitor lizards, glossy black cockatoos and red-legged pademelons.