The Northcliffe Forest Park is a magnificent reserve bordering the eastern side of the Northcliffe townsite. It contains a variety of forest types including pristine stands of mature old growth Karri, patches of mature Marri and excellent examples of mixed Marri/Jarrah forest, Karri/Allocasuarina forest and coastal swamp country.
The inspiration for the Forest Park came from two locals, George Gardner and Archie Jackson who found the majestick Hollow Butt Karri in 1981 whilst clearing fire breaks. From their personal interest the idea grew for a community-managed forest reserve adjacent to the town for the enjoyment and education of locals and visitors alike.
In 1985 work began establishing roads, walk trails and picnic areas and is maintained by volunteers within the Northcliffe community. The Forest Park offers visitors a range of walk trails that wind through spectacular tall forest, through open coastal wetland vegetation and along the lush riparian zone of the Gardner River. During spring the trails are bordered by a colourful mass of wildflowers. Autumn & Winter provide wonderful displays of fungi.
There are three access points for vehicles in the Northcliffe Forest Park. AWD or 4WD is recommended in the wet season. All the roads are narrow so caution and a maximum speed of 15 kilometres per hour is advised. Check with Northcliffe Visitor Centre staff for current road condition information.