As we continue through the National Parks of New South Wales we hope you are enjoying the journey. Did you know that there are over 850 national parks in New South Wales? We are highlighting some of the most popular and some of our favourite national parks of NSW. First, we featured some of the best National Park in Queensland and now we are on a journey, exploring the national parks in New South Wales. When it comes to choosing a favourite national park in New South Wales, there is often a debate. Of course, it is a matter of preference as to which one is your favourite and there is definitely no shortage of choices. We started out in the vast wilderness of Barrington Tops National Park. It is so vast, in fact, that it took 4 blog posts to cover it all including: Hiking in Barrington Tops National Park  and Camping in Barrington Tops National Park. Next, we are took a look at Lane Cove National Park.

Mountain Brush circuit, Tapin Tops National Park

Tapin Tops National Park  Photo Credit: NationalParks.gov.au

Potaroo Falls picnic area, Tapin Tops National Park

Tapin Tops National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.gov.au

Dingo Tops Campground

Tapin Tops National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.gov.au

About Tapin Tops National Park

View the north from Rowleys Rock Lookout, Tapin Tops NP

Mountain View of Topin Taps National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.gov.au

Potaroo Falls Tapin Tops NP

Potaroo Falls Photo Credit: NationalParks.gov.au

Dingo Tops Campground

Tapin Taps National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.gov.au

Tapin Tops National Park is located about a two and half hour drive south west of Port Macquarie in the Upper Hunter Valley region of New South Wales. It is also in the Mid North Coast region. You can also reach the park driving 5 hours north of Sydney. It is high up on the Great eastern Escarpment in the mountains. The national park is surrounded by the Bulga State Forest, Knorrit State Forest, and Dingo State Forests. The lookouts over the Hunter Valley provide soaring, scenic views over the subtropical rainforest, old growth eucalypt trees, and across to Taree and the Tasman Sea beyond. The biodiversity of this park is evident in both the plants and animal species.

Getting to Tapin Tops National Park

Tapin Tops National Park Map

Tapin Tops National Park Map Photo Credit: Google Maps

Port Macquarie - Car Hire Map

Port Macquarie Car Hire Map Photo Credit: Budget.com.au

When planning to visit Tapin Tops National Park, you can hire a vehicle in Port Macquarie. Then head west to the park. Access to Tapin Tops National Park is via 4WD vehicle only, so when hiring a car, be sure to let your Budget agent know where you are headed. They can recommend the best vehicle for your needs and also offer up local travel tips. The closest city is Wingham and you travel through it on Elands Road, Wherrol Flat Road, Dingo Tops Road, and Knodingbul Road. With Budget Car Rental, you get the best rates and excellent service.

Things to Do in Tapin Tops National Park

Potaroo Waterfall

Potaroo Falls  Photo Credit: NationalParks.gov.au

Exploring the park is a nature adventure at its best. The diverse habitat is home to extreme biodiversity. You will share the space with plenty of native species and dingoes that call the park home. There are walking circuits and trails, lookouts, and campgrounds to enjoy while exploring the protected national park grounds.

Campgrounds at Tapin Tops National Park

Dingo Tops Campground

Dingo Tops Campground Photo Credit: NationalParks.gov.au

Dingo Tops Campground

Dingo Tops Campground Photo Credit: NationalParks.gov.au

If you decide to make it more than a day trip, you can camp overnight in the Dingo Tops Campground. It is a great base for exploring the rest of the things in the park with easy access to the waterfalls, bird watching spots, creeks, walking trails, and lookouts. There are 10 campsites set up for tent camping. The facilities include an amenities block, picnic tables, barbecue facilities, toilets, and a car park. The campground is great for families and groups too. This is remote camping, so bring your own supplies for safety and extended survival; come prepared. Be sure to bring your own water for drinking and cooking. Take your trash with you. The fee for camping is $5 per adult per night and $3 per child per night. The park and the campgrounds are beautiful any season. Go swimming when the weather is warm or enjoy the blooming wildflowers in the spring. Sleep with the ancient rainforest and eucalypt forests surrounding you. Keep your eyes out for birds and other wildlife including parma wallabies, red-legged pademelons, greater gliders and koalas.

Walking Trails in Tapin Tops National Park

Mountain Brush circuit, Tapin Tops National Park

Mountain Brush Circuit Photo Credit: NationalParks.gov.au

Potaroo

Potaroo Falls  Photo Credit: NationalParks.gov.au

There are two walks in Tapin Tops National Park, Potaroo Falls walk and the Mountain Bush Circuit. The Potaroo Falls Walk is a quick and easy walk that takes about 30 minutes. There is also the Mountain Brush Circuit which is also an easy walk that is a bit shorter than the Potaroo Falls one. Remember to bring and apply sunscreen whenever walking in the outdoors regardless of the weather. Be prepared with the proper walking shoes, supplies, and water. Heed all signs and warning. Both walks are easy walks, but there are more challenging areas in the park. Rock climbing is allowed in the park except for Breadknife and Chalkers Mountain. Let someone know where you are going and when you are expected to return. There is limited mobile reception. Read on for more details on each walk.

Potaroo Falls Walk

Potaroo Falls Picnic Area, Tapin Tops National Park

Potaroo Falls Picnic Area Photo Credit: NationalParks.gov.au

Potaroo Falls Walking Trail is an easy trail where the walk takes about 30 minutes. It is .4km one-way. The walk takes you past the Potaroo Falls Picnic Area and downward toward the tranquil postcard perfect Potaroo Falls and the refreshing swimming hole at its bottom. Follow the trail another 1 km upstream along the Little Run Creek. This track features the largest documented watergum tree in New South Wales. You might get your feet wet and can expect some splashing along the creek and at the falls.

Mountain Brush Circuit

Mountain Brush Circuit, Tapin Tops National Park

Mountain Brush Circuit Photo Credit: NationalParks.gov.au

Mountain Brush Circuit, Tapin Tops National Park

Mountain Brush Circuit Photo Credit: NationalParks.gov.au

Mountain Brush Circuit, Tapin Tops National Park

Mountain Brush Circuit Photo Credit: NationalParks.gov.au

The Mountain Brush Circuit is an easy walk that is a favorite for both birdwatchers and botanists. Even though it is only about a 15 minute walk, skipping it would be a shame because of the amazing diversity you can find in this gem of walk. There is a wide variety of plants, birds, and other wildlife that can be seen along this walking path. Remember your binoculars to spot birds from both near and far. The birds you might find along the way include brush turkeys, regent bowerbirds, and green catbirds. The trees along the path are a mix of red cedars, coachwoods, brusbox, corkwood, and yellow carabeen.

Rowleys Peak Lookout

There is a 3rd walk in the park that is actually a hike. It is a 45 minute mountain hike to Rowleys Peak Lookout where you will be able to catch amazing views of the mountains, rainforests, forests, and beyond all the way east to the ocean. The 360 degree panorama views can’t be beat. Among the views are the catchment area of Caparra Creek, the forest hinterland, and the Head and Shoulders Cliff.

Potaroo Falls Picnic Area

Potaroo Falls Picnic Area, Tapin Tops National Park

Potaroo Falls Picnic Area  Photo Credit: NationalParks.gov.au

Potaroo Falls Picnic Area, Tapin Tops National Park

Potaroo Falls Picnic Area Photo Credit: NationalParks.gov.au

Potaroo Falls Picnic Area, Tapin Tops National Park

Potaroo Falls Picnic Area Photo Credit: NationalParks.gov.au

The Potaroo Falls Picnic Area is a great rest stop for day visitors and an important dining and community spot for those staying overnight in the park. The picnic area is where you can still sit and enjoy nature but still have access to picnic tables, barbecue facilities and toilets. Potaroo Falls is just 1 km upstream. Explore Little Run Creek, and also take a stroll after your picnic on the Potaroo Falls Walk.