A beautiful place if you want to explore the Lennox Head hinterland, is Rocky Creek Dam.
Rocky Creek Dam is located within the Whian Whian State Forest approximately 20km north of Lismore. Water stored in the dam is used to supply drinking water to the Northern Rivers area stretching from Woodburn in the south, north to Ocean Shores and west to Lismore. This supply is supplemented by Emigrant Creek Dam, the Wilsons River Source and several bore sites.
The location is stunning and makes a great day out for a walk and/or picnic. If you’re lucky you might spot a platypus. The dam has a platypus viewing platform, elevated boardwalk and pontoon bridge. There are picnic and barbecue facilities with wood supplied, benches, tables and children’s play equipment. The dam wall is 27 metres high, 187 metres above sea level and, when full, the dam holds 14,000 mega litres of water. The 29 square kilometres of catchment area include sections of Nightcap National Park, Whian Whian State Forest and revegetated farmland.
Four walks are available, ranging from 1.2 kilometres (20 minutes) to six kilometres (two hours) in length. Water Dragon Walk takes you up the hill to the lookout. Platypus Walk goes alongside Rocky Creek and back across the dam wall. Cedar Walk takes you towards the edges of the Rous Water Rainforest Reserve. Scrub Turkey Walk passes through tall a variety of forest environments.
A great place for a picnic and stunning scenery. There is a BBQ and toilet facilities at the carpark area.
It’s not unusual to have a big goanna come up to you while your eating your lunch (please don’t feed the wildlife) – though they seem more than happy to have a photo taken.
Getting there: You will need to drive or find a local tour operator.
Facilities: Carpark, toilets, BBQ
Dogs allowed?: On leash at all times. As it’s a national park, dogs are prohibited off leash.
Best time to go: Summer can be hot & humid, but anytime of the year is good.
Location : Nightcap National Range, Dunoon, NSW 2480 (see map below for directions)