Washpool National Park is located in northern New South Wales close to the Queensland border. The World Heritage protected park runs through the Great Dividing Range and protects the Gondwana Rainforest within the park. The park is 58,678 hectares and a little over 500 kilometres north of Sydney and is west of Grafton. It is one of the most densely populated rainforests and is a great deal of significant plant and animal species that call the Washpool and Gibraltar Range forests home. It definitely is a magical looking place that will make you feel like you have transported to the pages of a fantasy novel.

Washpool River

Washpool River Photo Credit: Wikipedia

Washpool National Park

Washpool National Park Photo Credit: Travel.Ninemsn.com.au

Driving to Washpool National Park

Washpool National Park - Car Hire Map

Washpool National Park Car Hire Map Photo Credit: Budget.com.au

Granite Lookout

Granite Lookout in Washpool National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

Washpool National Park is located in northern New South Wales. Getting to Washpool National Park is easy and convenient from our car rental locations. Both Washpool National Park and Gibraltar Range National Park are in between the Grafton Car Rental Location and the Glen Innes car rental location. Washpool National Park is about an hour drive from either location. There are actually a whole series of national Parks, state forests, and reserves in this region to protect the beautiful lands here. When you are touring this area, you need the right car to traverse the terrain. Click through for a quick rate quote with our handy rate quote calculator for the best prices on renting a car in Australia.

Things to do in Washpool National Park

Coombadjha Creek

Coombadjha Creek in Washpool National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

Washpool is part of the Gondwana Rainforest of Australia World Heritage Area. Visiting this area mean being at one with nature and you should take the time to think about the history and wilderness that is preserved here. Things to do in this area include bush walks, camping, picnicking, bird watching, and photography.

Walking Trails in Washpool National Park

Lyrebird Walk

Lyrebird Walk in Washpool National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

Washpool Walk

Foot Bridge over Coombadjha Creek in Washpool National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

Coombadjha Walk

Coombadjha Nature Stroll in Washpool National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

There are many different bush walks, walking paths, lookouts and nature strolls in Washpool National Park. The large network of walking paths is shared with Gibraltar Ranges National Park. Some are short, easy level walks and others, like the Gibraltar-Washpool World Heritage walk, are multi-day journeys through rugged mountain country located on the edge of the Northern Tablelands. Pictured above are the Coombadjha Nature Stroll, the foot bridge over Coombadjha Creek, and the Lyrebird Walk. Other walks to check out include the Washpool Walk, Red Cedars Walk, Granite Lookout, and the Bicentennial National Trail, just to name a few. Along the way, you will be delighted with the vastness and ever changing landscape that includes the dense rainforest, clear streams, fresh water creeks, deep gorges, tall mountains, and the green plateau; all of which are at the edge of the Great Escarpment.

Rainforest Residents in Washpool National Park

Koalas in Washpool National Park

Koalas in Washpool National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

Wild Grass

Wild Grass Native to Washpool National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

Pouched Frog

Pouched Frog photo credit: Wikipedia

There are more than 140 documented species of birds found in Washpool National Park. Look to the trees and rainforest canopy for the rare rufous scrub bird or the powerful owl. Among the many animals and plant species that call the park home, many are endangered or threatened and are able to thrive in the mostly untouched habitats of the park. In addition to koalas, other mammals you might see in the park include spotted-tailed quolls, parma wallabies, rufous bettong, common dunnart, Hastings River mouse, and long-nosed potoroos. One of the strangest of Washpool’s residents is the pouched frog; the male of the species rears young tadpoles in the pouches on his sides. Some of the native plant species here include wild grass, giant red cedar, coachwood, crabapple, figs, and lilly pillies.

Coombadjha Creek in Washpool National Park

Coombadja Creeek Rocks

Coombadjha Creek in Washpool National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

Coombadja Creek

Coombadjha Creek in Washpool National Park Photo Credit: BushWalkingNSW.org.au

Coombadjha Creek - Rocks

Rocks in Coombadjha Creek Photo Credit: VisitNSW.com

One of the centrepieces of Washpool National Park is Coombadjha Creek. The flowing creek brings life and water to the lands and provides some of the most beautiful scenery in the park. Respect the beauty of this ancient land along with the original land owners, the Bundjalung, Ngarrabul, and Gumaingirri peoples. They have lived in this region for a very long time using it to gather resources from the lush rainforest. Coombadjha Creek is a natural swimming pool and a refreshing treat on hot summer days.

Campgrounds in Washpool National Park

Bellbird Campground

Bellbird Campground Photo Credit: NationalParks.NSW.gov.au

Bellbird Campground

Bellbird Campground Photo Credit: NationalParks.NSW.gov.au

Coombadjha Campground

Coombadjha Campground Photo Credit: NationalParks.NSW.gov.au

Coombadjha Campground

Coombadjha Campground Photo Credit: NationalParks.NSW.gov.au

Coombadjha Campground

Coombadjha Campground Photo Credit: NationalParks.NSW.gov.au

There are two campgrounds location in Washpool National Park: Bellbird Campground and Coombadjha Campground. The Bellbird Campground is located close to the Coachwood picnic area. The campsite is secluded and allows you to relax and be at one with the rainforest. Bellbird is suited for car-based camping and small caravans or camper trailers. There is a paved picnic shelter, tables, and gas barbecues. The Coombadjha Campground is centrally located close to the car park, but still into the forest enough to feel immersed in the beauty of nature there. This campground is close to the Coombadjha nature stroll and Coombadjha Creek. Be sure to walk to Summit Falls.

Picnic Areas in Washpool National Park

Granite Picnic Area

Granite Picnic Area Photo Credit: NationalParks.NSW.gov.au

Granite Picnic Area

Granite Picnic Area Photo Credit: NationalParks.NSW.gov.au

Coachwood Picnic Area

Coachwood Picnic Area Photo Credit: NationalParks.NSW.gov.au

Coachwood Picnic Area

Coachwood Picnic Area Photo Credit: NationalParks.NSW.gov.au

The picnic areas in Washpool National Park are available if you are just spending a short time in the park or if you are staying in the campgrounds. However, they are both located close enough to the roads to make them a convenient lunchtime spot for an afternoon in the park. The Coachwood Picnic Area is a convenient place to have your meals among the wildlife and sounds of the rainforest. The Granite Picnic Area features spectacular views of Granite lookout. It is located only 300 metres from the Gwydir Highway off of Coachwood Drive. There are picnic tables and a barbeque shelter and everything you need for a delicious lunch in the park among the eucalypt trees.