Cocoparra National Park, near Griffith
Cocoparra National Park sets a picturesque backdrop along the easily accessed drive, half an hour from Griffith. The Park is one of the rare and beautiful forest remnants of the region and a delightful sanctuary for families, bushwalkers, birdwatchers and nature-lovers alike.
Explore the bushwalking trails of Falcons Fall, Jacks Creek and Mount Brogden, there’s something for everyone. After rain, visit to see cascading waterfalls and creeks in full flow, while spring blooms a wildflower show of orchids, wattles and blue-tinged cypress pines, contrasting against the rich red rocks and sheltered gorge. If you walk to the peak of the ridge, there are spectacular views of the vast plains and other geological formations. Woodland birdwatching is excellent for budding birders with sightings of the eastern yellow robin, rainbow bee-eaters building their homes and the peregrine falcon in nesting season (June to December) to name a few.
To truly experience all the park has to offer overnight camping at the Woolshed Flat camping ground is a must or enjoy a day out at one of the popular picnic areas with a hamper of local produce.
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