Great Lakes National Parks and ReservesThis area contains the following sites, all are links to Maps.
- The Booti Booti National Park
- Minimbah Sand Plain and Minimbah Nature Reserve Nabiac
- Wallamba Nature Reserve
- Wallingat National Park
- Bulahdelah State Forest
- Bulahdelah Floodplain Reserve
- Myall Lakes National Park
Booti Booti National Park
The Booti Booti National Park is located some 282 kilometres north of Sydney and approximately 8 kilometers south of the town of Forster. The park encompasses some 1586 ha together with the additional areas of Yahoo, Shepherd, Little Snake, Snake, Pelican, Earps and Booti Islands located in Wallis Lake.
This survey covers the whole of the National Park and was compiled from both field work and the following previous Botanical Surveys. I have also included first my species list for all species occurring in the park. Each is a link to the respective survey. I have also included a link to the Plant Community Map for the 2000 Survey
- Barry M Ralley (2005 to 2017)
- Dodkin (1971) and Floyd (1990,undated)
- de Castro Lopo (1980)
- Griffiths, Wilson and Maryott-Brown (Cunninghamia Vol 6(3): 2000)
- Plant Community Map
The following subdivisions are based on the 1980 survey of the park by de Castro Lopo. I have included one additional site entitled Tiona Park which contains the species in the Subtropical Rainforest. All are links to Maps, Species Lists and Images of both the common and unusual species occuring at each.
- The Charlotte Head Complex --- Species List and Images
- The Booti Booti Complex --- Species List and Images
- The Cape Hawke Complex --- Species List and Images
- The Islands --- Species List
- The Wallis Lake Sand Barrier --- Species List and Images
- Tiona Park --- Species List and Images
Minimbah Sand Plain and Minimbah Nature Reserve Nabiac
Please follow the link for full details of the Minimbah Nature Reserve.
Unfortunately there is no information why the site is referred to as the to the Minimbah Sand Plain. RAAF Base Nabiac was located within the sand plain and used as an advanced operating base for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) during the Second World War. Constructed in 1942 by the NSW Public Works Department about 10 km to the south east of Nabiac. The aerodrome consisted of four runways with associated bomb dumps and camouflaged hangars for the Avro Anson and Douglas Boston aircraft stationed at the aerodrome. The base was closed after the war and fell into disuse. New England Airways later commenced a passenger and freight service and later Butler Air Transport then took over operations until 1952 when Wallis Island Aerodrome at Forster was opened.
The plain contains a large Wallum Heath as well as Swamp and Sclerophyll forest. It is a shame that The Central North Coast Sporting Car Club Taree now use the site and hold regular motor sport events on the gravel runways. MidCoast Water now seems to be the main land owner.
This area is special, not only for the flora but also for the fauna. How many rare species occurr here is anyones guess. Over time I may be able to record some of them. I have discovered one such species namely Eucalyptus piperita Sydney Peppermint which occurs here as a mallee. I have been able to confirm that this is the only occurance of this specie in this form in New Southh Wales.
Wallamba Nature Reserve
The Wallamba Nature Reserve was reserved on 1 January 1999 and contains some 1160 hectares. It is located west of the Pacific Highway approximately 5 kilometers southwest of Nabiac and lies between the Wallamba River to the north and Wang Wauk River to the south. Please click on the following link to the Statement of Management Intent for the Reserve which contains a map and additional information.
The reserve is an isolated remnant of regenerating forest in a highly modified landscape, extensively cleared for agricultural purposes. It was formerly part of Wallamba and Coolongolook state forests and subject to forestry activities and grazing under lease holdings.
Cellito is located some 2 kilometers north of the village of Smiths Lake. This site includes all vegetation contained in the Littoral Rainforest, the Beach and Bald Rock.
The Littoral Rainforest is currently in recovery from a severe wind-shear event which denuded much of the canopy. One species of interest occurring in this Rainforest is Typhonium eliosurum. Also on Bald Rock occurs Thesium australe a plant on the Threatened Species List (Listed as Vulnerable). This is I believe the most southern known population of this species on a Coastal Headland. The beach also has four species of interest namely Senecio pinnatifolius subsp. pinnatifolius, Pelargonium australe, Stackhousia spathulata and Senecio spathulatus subsp. attenuatus
Wallingat National Park
Located on the western bank of the Wallingat River, The Wallingat National Park contains some 6557 ha of cabbage palm and other forest, swamp and heath. It is located some 30km southeast of Forster and can be accessed by turning off the Lakes Way at Sugar Creek Road or by proceeding down the Coomba Road and turning off at Thomas road.
The impressive Whoota Whoota lookout provides an excellent vista over the Booti Booti National Park and Green Point.
Bulahdelah State Forest
Bulahdelah State Forest covers an area of some 980 hectares with the main attraction being the Bulahdelah Mountain Park which is now managed by the Roads and Traffic Authority. The dominant feature of the park is Alum Mountain which was once an important source of the mineral alunite used as a fertiliser and in the textile industry.
Botanically the park is home to three species on the endangered species list namely Rhizanthella slateri, The Eastern Underground Orchid, Corybas dowlingii, The Red Helmet Orchid and Cryptostylis hunteriana, The Leafless tongue orchid.
The following is a link to a Species List.
Bulahdelah Floodplain Reserve
Please follow the link for full details of the Bulahdelah Floodplain Reserve. Please note it was origionally refered to as the Jack Ireland Wetland but local council now prefers the name used above.
The following is a link to a Species List for the reserve
Myall Lakes National Park
Located not far from Newcastle and 15 km's from Bulahdelah, Myall Lakes National Park has one of the largest coastal lake systems in New South Wales. It consists of some 31,562 ha of swamp, forest, headlands, over 10,000 ha of lagoons and some 40 km of almost unbroken beaches.