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Field Day: Goodenia Rainforest

  • Goodenia Rainforest Track South Wolumla, NSW, 2550 Australia (map)

The Goodenia Rainforest Walk lies within South East Forests National Park. Tall old-growth eucalypts shelter a patch of warm temperate rainforest.

Jackie Miles and other plant ecologists will help us learn more about the plants that comprise this special ecosystem. We’ll also be on the lookout for fungi, and will take advantage of Teresa’s knowledge to help record and identify those we find.

Goodenia Rainforest picnic area (images from NSW National Parks website )

The walking track
The track is rated as ‘Grade 4’. It is quite steep, with steps and some obstacles in places. Some people might complete the full walk (1.2 km return), while others descend just a short distance before returning to the picnic ground … which in itself is a good place for bird watching and simply enjoying the view of the surrounding, lush forest.


Date: Sunday 7th July, from 9:30am (for car sharing)

Location: We will meet at Goodenia Rainforest (GR) picnic area at 10am. However, there is very limited parking, so we need to car share.

1: Meeting place for car share. Please meet us at 9:30am in Pambula (at the carpark, behind the shops, near the Community Garden - Bennett Lane). From there we can car share for the 30 minute drive to GR.

2: Directions for drivers. Turn right into Mount Darragh Road (just after Pambula). Drive for about 15 minutes and then turn right onto Chalk Hills Road (note: you will pass a turn off to Wolumla Peak. Ignore this. The Chalk Hills Road is about 2km further west. It is 12.8km from Pambula Shopping Centre). Follow the road to Goodenia Rainforest walk (ignore other, unsigned side roads). Unsealed, 2WD access road, recently graded and in good condition. view in Google Maps

What to bring:

  • Please wear long pants and good walking shoes. The track may be slippery in places, particular after rain. Also bring a jacket. We’ll be at about 450m altitude, in July, in a shady forest … it may be chilly.

  • Food and drink, which can be left in your vehicle as we’ll meet back at the picnic area for lunch.

  • An LED torch can be useful for spotting tiny fungi in dark places - optional

  • Camera, binoculars (for birds or tree-tops) - optional

  • A friend … visitors or other people new to Atlas Naturalists are most welcome to join us.

  • No money needed. Access to this National Park picnic area and walk is free … and Atlas Nats events are always free of charge.

No need to RSVP. However, if you have any questions, at any time, please contact us:
Paul Whitington 0459 315132 (pmwhitington@gmail.com)
Kerri-Lee Harris 0467 966553 (kerrilee.harris@gmail.com)

We also welcome members of the National Parks Association to this combined Atlas Naturalists - NPA event.