From Mount Christopherson turn left from Muldiva Road onto Tyringham Road, and in one kilometre you will find Moonpar Forest Drive on the right, taking you into the Nymboi-Binderay National Park. It’s a gravel road with a few twists and turns, so take it easy. About 7km along on the right is a sign to the Norman Jolly Memorial Grove, where you can take the short but magnificent Coachwood Loop track through ancient tallowwood and brushbox trees. Some of these giants are estimated at over 600 years old.
Drive further along Moonpar Road, until you reach Platypus Flat, which is a camping and picnic area with facilities provided by National Parks. Here you will find pleasant picnic spots beside the river, and in the summer it’s a great swimming spot. You will probably see people floating around on lilos, or paddling canoes. At dawn and dusk you may catch a glimpse of the platypus the place is named after. Just watch out for the goannas – they might steal your lunch!
If you have a 4WD, you can continue on Moonpar Forest Drive through to Dorrigo via Cascade National Park. Along the way you can see the remnants of the old tramline that carried the enormous logs that were felled in the area. Take your mountain bikes with you to enjoy the Cascade Mountain Bike trail which runs from Briggsvale. There are lots of forest walks to explore here, and wildlife to view.
Download a .pdf of the Nymboi-Binderay National Park brochure