Mummel Gulf National Park

Mummel Gulf National Park
New South Wales
IUCN category II (national park)
New Country Swamp, Mummel Gulf National Park
Mummel Gulf National Park is located in New South Wales
Mummel Gulf National Park
Mummel Gulf National Park
Nearest town or cityWalcha
Coordinates31°18′45″S 151°50′40″E / 31°18′45″S 151°50′40″E / -31.31250; 151.84444
Area122 km2 (47.1 sq mi)
Managing authoritiesNSW National Parks and Wildlife Service
WebsiteMummel Gulf National Park
See alsoProtected areas of
New South Wales

Mummel Gulf is a national park located in New South Wales, Australia, approximately 487 kilometres (303 mi) by road north of Sydney. It is situated approximately 50 kilometres (31 mi) southeast of Walcha on the unsealed Enfield Forest Road and 12 kilometres (7.5 mi) south of the Oxley Highway.

The Mummel River has formed the deep 'V' shaped gorge of the Mummel Gulf, which exceeds 400 metres (1,300 ft) in the head of this gorge.

Flora and fauna

The Mummel Gulf National Park protects tall, open eucalypt forest on the south-eastern escarpment of the New England region. The park communities also include wet sclerophyll forest and snow gum (Eucalyptus pauciflora) forest in the higher parts of the park, around Porters Camp. Messmate (Eucalyptus obliqua) and less commonly Mountain Ribbon Gum (Eucalyptus nobilis) dominate old-growth forests in this area which drops from 1,450 metres down to 470 m. Other trees in the region include silvertop stringybark (Eucalyptus laevopinea), blue gum (Eucalyptus saligna), diehard stringybark (Eucalyptus cameronii) and New England blackbutt (Eucalyptus andrewsii). Broad-leaved pepperbush (Tasmannia purpurascens) is at its northern limit in the area. Many species of shrubs flower here during spring and summer.

Bushwalkers accessing the remote central and southern sections of the park's moist subtropical rainforest will find a mix of corkwood, sassafras (Doryphora sassafras), large tree ferns (Dicksonia) and silver sycamore (Cryptocarya glaucescens).

The park also protects threatened species such as the koala, tiger quoll, sugar glider, yellow-bellied glider, superb lyrebird, boobook owl, sooty owl, powerful owl, tawny frogmouth and parma wallaby.[1]