Myall Lakes National Park is a national park located in New South Wales, Australia, 236 kilometres (147 mi) north of Sydney. It encompasses one of the state's largest coastal lake systems Myall Lakes, and includes Broughton Island. The park includes 40 kilometres of beaches and rolling sand dunes. Myall Lakes is also one of the most visited parks in New South Wales.
The Worimi Aboriginal people had inhabited the Myall Lakes National Park land area for its abundance of natural resources. These natural resources had offered a traditional hunter-gatherer lifestyle for the Worimi people. The park includes important spiritual sites that are an important part of the identity of local Aboriginal people. Dark Point Aboriginal Place served as a location for the Worimi people to gather together for ceremonies and feasts and has been of significance to Worimi people for at least 4000 years.
Myall Lakes National Park incorporates a patchwork of freshwater lakes, the ocean, islands, native flora, dense littoral rainforest and beaches.
Other native Fauna which can be seen in the park includes the nocturnal long-nosed bandicoot which has grey-brown fur and a pointed snout for which it uses to forage for worms and insects. The Striped marsh frog can be found near ponds and swamps and has a distinct sound which can be heard all year round. The Eastern swamp crayfish was first discovered here.
The average high temperature during the summer season averages between 19 °C and 27 °C. The highest temperature recorded at the park is 41.5 °C. The average temperature during the winter season averages between 10 °C and 19 °C with the lowest temperature on record being 1.1 °C. The wettest month typically occurs in May while the driest month occurs in November. The area's highest recorded rainfall in one day is 257.8mm.
Dingo at Myall Lakes National Park
Goanna at one of the campsites
Local fauna at Myall Lakes National Park
Notes and references
- "MYALL LAKES NATIONAL PARK - FORSTER AND TAREE AREA". Visit NSW - Destination NSW. Retrieved 20 May 2017.
- "Myall Lakes National Park". NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service. Retrieved 20 May 2017.
- "Myall Lakes: Internationally recognised wetlands". NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service. Retrieved 4 September 2018.
- Dragicevich, Peter (August 2014). East Coast Australia (5th ed.). Printed in China: Lonely Planet Publications Pty Ltd. pp. 126–127. ISBN 9781 74220 425 3.
- "Myall Lakes National Park". Skip to contentNSW National Parks and Wildlife Service. Retrieved 20 May 2017.
- McCormack, Robert B. (4 April 2014). "The eastern swamp crayfish Gramastacus lacus sp. n. (Decapoda, Parastacidae) a new species of freshwater crayfish from coastal New South Wales, Australia". ZooKeys. Pensoft Publishers (398): 53–67. doi:10.3897/zookeys.398.7544. PMC 3978226. PMID 24715801.
- "Myall Lakes National Park Visitor Info". Skip to contentNSW National Parks and Wildlife Service. Retrieved 20 May 2017.