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National Parks

Home to the majestic Wollumbin Mount Warning and comprising the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia – the most extensive subtropical rainforest in the world with ancient plants and animals from the beginning of time – the Tweed is naturally a place for immersing in green forests and fresh air.

Learn more about some of the area’s must-visit national parks, whether for a hike, a picnic, birdwatching, camping or cooling off in lakes or rock pools. 

Natural trails of discovery

Home to the distinctive Wollumbin Mount Warning, a remnant central vent of an ancient volcano, Wollumbin National Park is a place of great sacred significance to the Bundjalung indigenous people. Said to mean ‘cloud catcher’ in the local indigenous language, the peak of Wollumbin rises to a towering height of 1,157m above sea level and is a much-loved landmark by photographers and artists.  

NOTE: Wollumbin National Park is currently closed but its impressive peak can be viewed from a range of vantage points including Cudgen Nature Reserve, Clarrie Hall Dam, Nightcap NP and the Border Ranges NP.  

view of pinnacle lookout

In Nightcap National Park you’ll find nightcap oak trees and towering kauri, bunya and hoop pines, along with endangered animals, including Albert’s lyrebird and Fleay’s barred frog. 

World Heritage-listed Border Ranges National Park is a large area of wilderness that protects untouched rainforest and unique plants and animals connected to the ancient supercontinent of Gondwana, including strands of Antarctic beech forests dating back 2,000 years. There are waterfalls, stunning lookouts and 10 walking tracks, ranging from 200m to 10.5km.

Close to Cabarita Beach, this is a tranquil space for bird-spotting and relaxed picnics. It also encompasses Cudgen Lake, a hidden wetland surrounded by floodplain forests, making it a mecca for water-lovers with fishing, paddling, swimming, SUPing and sailing.