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Point Lookout in New England National Park

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by Meg Forbes (subscribe)
Meg Forbes is a mum, freelance writer, and photographer living in the Redlands, South of Brisbane. https://www.instagram.com/megforbesphotography/
Published May 21st 2020
Take a walk through World Heritage rainforest
Point Lookout in New England National Park provides views across the spectacular natural beauty of New South Wales' World Heritage rainforest.

Beautiful World Heritage rainforest and Point Lookout in New England National Park
Beautiful World Heritage rainforest and Point Lookout in New England National Park


To reach this stunning area of National Park, travel along the Waterfall Way between Ebor and Armidale, and follow the signs. The road ends at a car park which is the starting point for the beautiful 200m, wheelchair friendly walk to two lookout points. There are drop toilets at the car park, picnic tables, and a large picnic shelter for colder weather.

A mossy cliff at Point Lookout
A mossy cliff at Point Lookout


Although short, every step of this walk is stunning and each visit is different. From thick winter fog to warm summer days with blue sky, this is, in our family's opinion, one of the most beautiful spots in Australia.

Pathway to the lookouts
Pathway to the lookouts


At the viewing platforms visitors are rewarded with views across the rainforest, and on clear days right across to the ocean on the Coffs Coast. This is a spectacular spot to watch the sunrise from, especially when there are clouds in the valleys below.

Sunrise across the rainforest at Point Lookout
Sunrise across the rainforest at Point Lookout


Point Lookout is home to a variety of bird and wildlife, including superb lyrebirds. Listen for the mimicking sounds of car alarms, mobile phones, and part kookaburra calls, all clues to the presence of a lyrebird. There are also reptiles, wallabies, rufous bettongs, spotted quolls, and a wide variety of parrots and rainforest birds.

An eastern yellow robin watching from the rainforest
An eastern yellow robin watching from the rainforest


Although ideal as a day trip if staying between Coffs Harbour and Armidale, New England National Park does have a campsite and three rustic cabins, such as this one, available for hire for families who would like to visit for a weekend or longer.

Beautiful mossy trees are just one of the many attractions that make Point Lookout worth a longer stay
Beautiful mossy trees are just one of the many attractions that make Point Lookout worth a longer stay
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Why? Stunning natural beauty in this ancient Gondwana rainforest
When: Anytime
Phone: 1300 072 757
Where: Along the Waterfall Way between Coffs Harbour and Armidale in New South Wales
Cost: Free
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Great article & photos! Looking forward to regional travel again to add this to the list :)
by Gypsy Rose (score: 2|629) 47 days ago
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