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Located on the New England tablelands, Warra National Park is 2,024 hectares of mountain forest, river valleys and rock outcrops, most of which remains undeveloped. Most of the park is primarily in the Severn Shire, with the section of the park south of the Sara River in Guyra Shire.

The park is in the traditional country of the Banbai and the Ngarrabul Aboriginal people and within the Guyra and Glen Innes Local Aboriginal Land Council area.

This park was created to protect a rare and special sample of tablelands old growth forest. The forest has many plants and wildlife that are now threatened elsewhere.

The two main peaks are Crown Mountain (1,370 m) and Nightcap Mountain (1,372 m), with many rock outcrops and swamps in between. It lies on the headwaters of the Sara River, a tributary of Australia’s biggest east-flowing river, the Clarence.

Warra is an important habitat for a number of flora and fauna. The plants include the Pygmy Cypress Pine, Black Holly Grevillea, Mat Geebung and two endangered eucalypt trees, the Swamp Gum and the New England Mallee. The park also has a rare sphagnum bog. Its metre-deep bed of sphagnum plants is like a huge sponge, holding tonnes of water. This water is slowly released during dry times, helping to support plants and animals downstream. Some of the rare wildlife include the Spotted-tailed Quoll, Masked Owl, Glossy Black Cockatoo and the Glandular Frog.

You can visit the national park from your accommodation in Glen Innes, Armidale or Glencoe. There are informal camping areas at ‘The Green’ and at ‘The Long Point’. An identification and regulatory sign is located at the western access point to the park. Campers must be completely self-reliant.

There are informal bushwalking (no marked tracks) along the Sara River and to the rocky outcrop of Crown Mountain and Nightcap Mountain.1

For more information, you can contact the nearest NPWS office.

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New England Tablelands Region - Glen Innes

Warra National Park Distance

Distance to Warra National Park
• Warra National Park is accessible by following the Mount-Mitchell Road and the take the McGarrys Lane turn off to The Horseshoe Fire Trail. There is another F Trail off the Paddys Gully Road leading out of Backwater.

Glencoe, Oban and Backwater are some of the localities nearest to the Warra National Park. Following are some approximate distances by road:
• Sydney to Armidale 508
• Armidale to Guyra 38
• Guyra to Oban 25
• Guyra to Ben Lomond 23
• Ben Lomond to Glencoe 19
• Grafton to Glen Innes 160
• Inverell to Glen Innes 66
• Glen Innes to Glencoe 22
• Glencoe to Backwater 25
• Oban to Backwater 11
Distances given are only approximation, they should be verified with the appropriate maps.
The Australian Automotive Motoring Associations also offer select access to travel trip planners.

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1 NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service - Warra National Park - Draft Plan of Management. Retrieved October 29, 2011, from
2 The Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust - Vegetation and floristics of Warra National Park and Wattleridge, Northern Tablelands, NSW, John T. Hunter. Retrieved October 29, 2011, from
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