Point Lookout 1564 metres
- New England National Park
The 67,303 hectare New England National Park is
located on the Northern Tablelands in the New England Region of New
South Wales & was created in May 1935. It was added to the Gondwana
Rainforests of Australia in 1986 & the Australian National Heritage
List in 2007.
The park consists of impressive cliffs, rugged ridges, spurs and
streams. To the west the Nymboida, Guy Fawkes & Styx Rivers drain
across the tablelands. To the east is the thickly forested Bellinger
River valley. Point Lookout at 1,563 metres above sea level is the
second tallest mountain in the region & one of the highest places
north of the Snowy Mountains.
The park lies within the Eastern Australian temperate forests eco
region & is noted for the wide variety of plant and animal species.
The diverse vegetation in the park includes sub-tropical, warm
temperate and cool temperate rainforest in the higher altitudes.
There are also areas of sclerophyll forest, sub-alpine woodland,
heathland & swampland. In the eucalpyt forests Brush box, Sydney
blue gum and Tallowwood predominate. Estimates of the number of
different plant species are upwards to around 1,000 including snow
gums, Antarctic beech, tree ferns and red cedars.
Dingos, koalas, tiger quolls, common bentwing bats, brown
antechinuses & northern brown bandicoots are some of the mammals
found in the park.
At least 100 species of birds have been recorded. Larger species
include the wedge-tailed eagle, greater sooty owl, sulphur-crested
cockatoo & superb lyrebird. Eastern whipbirds, eastern bristlebirds,
crimson rosellas, Australian king parrots and several kinds of
honeyeaters also inhabit the forests. It also supports one of five
remaining populations of rufous scrub-birds, as well as flame and
pale-yellow robins, paradise riflebirds, green catbirds, regent
bowerbirds & Australian logrunners.
The Cunnawarra National Park adjoins the New England National Park
on the north-western boundary.