Wallingat camping ground lies in the depths of the thick littoral rainforests of Wallingat State Forest. This conservation area provides habitat for an incredible array of biodiversity and contains threatened species, such as the New Holland Mouse (Pseudomys novaehollandiae). Situated about two hours north of Newcastle and four hours north of Sydney, exploring this area requires a full weekend for most. The road in can be quite rough in spots, so if you plan to travel here with a 2WD, make sure to be careful of large ditches and loose rocks. The campground itself sits next to Wallingat River which is perfect for scenic canoeing or paddleboarding.
There are many areas of Wallingat State Forest itself to explore and expand out to from this camping ground. Wallingat picnic area offers a chance to spend lunch time in the littoral rainforest. The Cabbage Palm walking track offers a great tour of the Cabbage Palm (Livistona australis) forests which are one of the main canopy species in Wallingat.
Wallingat is a wildlife biodiversity haven. There are amazing numbers of species from all animal groups. There are numerous bird species, with some a striking examples being the Scarlet Honey Eater, White-naped Honeyeater and Grey Goshawks. This area is also a hot spot for amphibian life; if you are visiting during summer after heavy rain, there’s a good chance you will see the tropical looking Australian Red -eyed Tree Frog. If you happen to be cruising on the road around night, be sure to drive cautiously as there are often many animals crossing the roads. There are many reptiles in Wallingat such as Diamond Pythons, Scaley Foot, Stephens Banded Snakes and Pink-tongue Skinks. At night time you may also hear rustling around the camp site, don’t be frightened off, these noises are most likely from Bandicoots, Bush Rats and Antechinus.
Nearby spots to check out!
- The Ruins camping ground
- Seal Rocks beach