On the southern side of Coffs Coast you will find Mt Yarrahapinni. It's in Yarriabini National Park
. From the hillside lookout, altitude around 470 metres, the panorama is across flat lowland plains to the coastline of South West Rocks.
On the way, you traverse a number of creeks and gullies filled with emerald green Bangalow Palms. Mixed in, are Coachwood, Hoop Pine and Strangler Figs – tall, twisted and intertwined. Surrounding these are taller timber guards of Blackbutt, Flooded Gum and Blue Gum and on poorer soils, twisted Turpentine trees.
Where Way Way Road and Grassy Head Trail meet is the Pines Picnic Area. This is a delightful rest stop. There are picnic tables, free gas barbeques and toilet facilities - surrounded by a ramrod straight stand of Hoop Pines and Flooded Gums. There is also a walking track into the forest to explore.
A special feature at the Pines is a colourful ceramic sculpture created by the local Aboriginal people. It signifies their spiritual connection with this special part of their homeland, Gumbayngirr Country. When you see the beauty and feel the serenity of his country you too will be inspired.
The local wildlife is abundant in Yarriabini. Along the forest floor are grey kangaroo, smaller swamp wallabies and large lace monitors. Around the tree tops, rainforest pigeons coo, black cockatoos squawk and square-tailed kites fly silent, on the lookout for their next meal. Be sure to bring your camera.
The easiest way to access Yarriabini National Park is via the Pacific Highway. Just south of Macksville
take the Scotts Head Road then turn south on Way Way Creek Road. A second option a little further south is via Warrell Creek. Here, head east on Rosewood Road. It's well worth the drive.