Wyrrabalong National Park

Wyrrabalong National Park

Infobox_protected_area | name = Wyrrabalong National Park
iucn_category = II

caption = Northern section of National Park
location = New South Wales
nearest_city = Gosford
area = 6.2 km²
established = January 1, 1999
governing_body = NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service

Wyrrabalong National Park is located on the Central Coast of New South Wales, Australia. It was added in 1991.cite web | title=gnb.nsw.gov.au | work=Geographical Names Register Extract: Wyrrabalong National Park | url=http://www.gnb.nsw.gov.au/name_search/extract?id=KWIOoesEGH | accessmonthday=7 February | accessyear=2007] The park consists of two main sections. The northern section consists of approximately 480 hectares and covers a substantial area of the peninsula between The Entrance and Norah Head as well as Terilbah and Pelican Islands within Tuggerah Lake. The southern section consists of about 120 hectares of the coast from Shelly Beach south to Forresters Beach.cite web | title=nationalparks.nsw.gov.au | work=Wyrrabalong National Park Plan of Management | url=http://nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/PDFs/pom_final_Wyrrabalong.pdf | accessmonthday=7 February | accessyear=2007|format=PDF] The park is also noted for containing the last significant significant coastal (littoral) rainforest on the Central Coast.


The land now occupied by Wyrrabalong National Park was first inhabited by the Darkinjung people and the Awabakal people, the Indigenous Australians. The Darkinjung occupied the southern section and The Awabakal occupied the northern section. It is believed Europeans first discovered the Tuggerah Lakes in 1796. It was found by Governor of Tasmania, Colonel David Collins, who had arrived on the First Fleet, during the search for an escaped convict woman, Mary Morgan, who was said to be living with the Aborigines to the North of the Hawkesbury River.cite web | title=theentrancetcm.com.au | work=Who Found Tuggerah Lake? | url=http://www.theentrancetcm.com.au/history/who_found.html | accessmonthday=18 July | accessyear=2006]

ee also

* Protected areas of New South Wales (Australia)


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