PLEASE NOTE this drive is currently closed as there is a collapsed bridge on Starling Road
Explore Ngambaa Nature Reserve and Tamban State Forest 10 kilometres from Kempsey and west of Frederickton on the Macleay Valley Coast’s coastal foothills. This drive is through a variety of vegetation of outstanding conservation value such as the large areas of old growth grey gum and spotted gum forests, flooded gum and red cedar stands, lush rainforest and dry open woodland. This drive takes its name from red cedar trees located near the Cedar Park Picnic Area which has pit toilets, wood barbecues and a 500 metre walking track through the forest where hikers can hear lyrebirds and rainforest pigeons call. Many animals and birds live in the Ngambaa Nature Reserve, of these are the threatened Powerful Owl and Yellow – Bellied Glider. Red – Necked Pademelons dart across the road at Jacks Road, Giant Barred Frogs, Koalas and Glossy Black Cockatoos are just a few of the fauna to be seen.
Follow these instructions to enjoy the Cedar Park Scenic Drive.
4WD vehicle is required. 97kms bitumen and gravel road – follow the green State Forest Road signs.
Travel north to Frederickton and turn left into Collombatti Rd, then take the next left as Collombatti Rd continues around. Follow the road as it veers right into Tamban Rd, and follow the State Forest signs. Keep the railway line on your left and continue straight ahead until the next road. Turn left, then cross a wooden bridge into Tamban State Forest. Turn left into Range Rd. Follow Cedar Park Forest Drive signs, then veer left into Buds Crossing Rd. Follow the road until it veers right into Stockyard Creek Rd and at the next Stockyard Creek intersection turn left, continue until a left turn into Jack’s Rd and follow until the left turn into Cedar Park Picnic Area. There you’ll find a picnic site and walk through the rainforest at Ngambaa Nature Reserve. Exit the park and turn left into Jack’s Rd then left onto Wittig’s Rd and continue straight ahead. At a fork in the road, veer right into Greenhills Rd then take a left at the next fork into Western Range Rd. Continue until the t-intersection with Starling Rd, turn left, continue over cattle grids and continue past picturesque farmland as the road continues into Dennis Rd. Turn right onto Mungay Creek Rd where the road once again becomes tar. Turn right onto Armidate Rd to visit historic Willawarrin just 1km North West. When leaving Willawarrin follow the Armidale Rd south to Kempsey. For the latest brochures and drive maps on all drives in the Macleay Valley Coast see our brochure download page.
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