On the 23 April 2010 a new National Park was created protecting coastal lands and the adjacent Warrell Creek located between Nambucca Heads and Scotts Head on the Mid North Coast of NSW.
The new National Park is called Gaagal Wanggaan (South Beach) National Park, pronounced 'gargle wungarn', the Gumbaynggirr Aboriginal word meaning South Beach.
In recognition of the great significance of the area's land and waters to the Gumbayngirr Aboriginal Community of the Nambucca Valley the new Gaagal Wanggaan National park is jointly managed by the Aboriginals owners of the land and the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service which is part of the Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water (DECCW).
The new Gaagal Wanggaan (South Beach) National Park is Aboriginal land that the Aboriginal people of the Nambucca Valley want to share with the rest of the community.
It contains significant Aboriginal cultural values including cultural sites demonstrating the continuous use of the area by Aboriginal people for many thousands of years. The National Park also protects undisturbed coastal dune system, patches of rainforests, palm forests, coastal shrubland, and heath, and the estuarine communities of mangroves, salt marsh and seagrass beds along Warrell Creek.
The new National Park conserves a stunning coastal and estuarine environment. Anyone who has been lucky enough to boat on Warrell Creek, 4 WD along Gaagal Wangggaan, the original name for South Beach, or a walk on the peninsular can attest to its beauty and the need to protect the area into the future.
The National park is also home to threatened species such as the little tern and beach stone curlew. The sand flats at the junction of Warrel Creek and the Nambucca River provide important habitat for migratory wader birds protected by international agreements.
The new National Park also provides for a range of recreational activities. The park is mostle accesible from the water and is an easy boatride from Nambucca Heads in the north or Scotts Head from the south. Activities such as boating, fishing, swimming, bush walking and camping can all be enjoyed in the National Park