Visited Mount Royal National Park on the weekend.
The park is 50 kms north of Singleton in the Hunter Valley and joins the
south-west edge of Barrington National Park. There is only 12.5 kms of dirt road
to the camp ground but the road is steep and rough in places and while it is by
no means a 4 WD track, it might be a bit suspect in places in wet
The habit is typical of the Barrington area with
dry scerlophyll forest on the ridges and wet scerlophyll forest along with
rain forest on the slopes and gullies. The area was a state forest until
relatively recently and has been logged particularly on the ridge lines. There
is a reasonably impressive bird list for the park which can be accessed via the
NSW NPWS website.
There is a very well appointed camping area with
three covered picnic tables. two gas barbecues, a water tank and a
The birds seen were the usual suspects for the
habit including: Brown and Straited Thornbills, Golden Whistler, Lewin's and
Yellow-faced H/E, Grey Fantail, White-headed and Brown Pigeon, Crimson
Rosella, Pied Currawong and Satin Bowerbird. The highlights were Crested
Striketit and Red-browed Trecreeper.
Spotlighting yielded Yellow-bellied and
Greater Glider, Mountain Brush-tailed Possum, Long-Nosed Bandicoot,
Red-necked Pademelon and Parma Wallaby but unfortunately no Sooty or