Flat Rock Lookout, Coorabakh National Park

Coorabakh National Park

New South Wales

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Studded with volcanic outcroppings, Coorabakh National Park offers scenic views as well as hiking, picnicking and birdwatching opportunities.

Millions of years ago, volcanoes sculpted parts of the Australian mainland, leaving rocky plugs and dramatic escarpments as they faded and disappeared. Three of these volcanic intrusions can be seen in Coorabakh National Park, dominating the area: Big Nellie, Flat Nellie and Little Nellie.

Big Nellie
Big Nellie

Wander amongst giant Blackbutt forest over the shaded boardwalks of the Starrs Creek sub tropical rainforest. Amble down along a fresh creek to Newbys Cave and if the day is warm you simply have to take yourself for a dip in the ever cool Waitui Falls

Newbys Cave, Coorabakh National Park, green bushland
Newbys Cave
Starrs Creek
Starrs Creek

Tucked away in the middle of the forest on the border of the Coorabakh National Park, Waitui Falls is a delightful place for a picnic. It’s not a big waterfall but the waters provide a nice place for a swim. The pathway to the falls is short but it’s easy to miss the roadside marker which makes this waterfall seem even more elusive.

Waitui Falls
Waitui Falls

The Park contains a stunning and varied world of low shrubs and lofty eucalypt trees, cool subtropical rainforests and sheltered gullies teeming with wildlife. There are 18 distinct forest ecosystems. Crystal clear streams run through mossy banks, and sheer sandstone cliffs tower above Manning Valley at Flat Rock and Newbys lookout.

Flat Rock Lookout
Flat Rock Lookout
Newbys Lookout
Newbys Lookout

Visitors to Coorabakh National Park will find beautiful lookouts and secluded picnic spots, with easy walks, scenic caves, and pleasurable drives along back roads that seem a million miles from the nearest sign of civilisation. Whether you’re looking for a place to settle down for a lazy lunch, a glimpse of ancient geology mixed with recent history, or a clear view to find your bearings in a vast landscape, Coorabakh is a great choice for the slower-paced traveller.

What did others have to say?

Rowena Ryan

a month ago

Breathtaking views.


2 months ago

Awesome views!

Ashlee Fox-Smith

a year ago

The signage from the moorland turn off is terrible. We drove around for an hour before finally finding the 2wd access point. We walked the caves trail which was very nice but there is really nowhere to park your car near the start of the track.

Javaid S M

a year ago

4 X 4 recommended along with a brave partner otherwise you won't be able to reach the top.

Lynette Callaghan

a year ago

National park drive is lovely. Road better for suvs or 4wd if you continue on to Waitui Falls. All the lookouts easily accessible and magnificent views.