Johns River, NSW

Johns River is on Pacific Highway (A1)

Johns River Attractions

Cattai Wetlands

Take yourself on a self-guided walk around these wetlands. The circular loop walkway is 2.2 kilometres long which has gravel sections, mowed grass sections and a boardwalk section. It is a bird-watchers haven with as many as 90-plus bird species seen here. Take the 450 metre one-way detour to Spring Hill Lookout where there is an information shelter, picnic table and sundial. Make sure you wear sturdy shoes, sunscreen, insect repellent, a hat and take drinking water. Be aware of the presence of snakes, ticks, leeches, mosquitos, goannas and other wildlife that call these wetlands home. There is a covered picnic table in the car park and toilets at the start of the walk. The wetlands are open from 8.00am - 3.00pm, Friday to Monday (closed Tuesday to Thursday).

Turn west off the Pacific Highway, 13 kilometres south of the Johns River turnoff and 1.5 kilometres north of the Harrington/Crowdy Head turnoff, onto Spring Hill Road. Follow the signage to the wetlands car park which is about 2.5 kilometres from the highway. The signage to the wetlands is not very well signposted so keep your eyes peeled.

Vincent's Lookout

This lookout overlooks the farmland of Landsdowne and the Manning Valley and out to the ocean. The views are magnificent on a clear day and in the spring the wild flowers put on a great show. At the lookout there is a small circular driveway but there are no facilities.

The lookout can be accessed via an unsealed road from the Coopernook Forest Park Rest Area. Follow the road through the rest area then turn right at the first T-intersection onto Juhles Mountain Road. Turn left at the next T-intersection onto Langley Vale Way, then right at the crossroads onto Coopernook Forest Way where it is sign posted to the lookout. From here just follow the signs to the lookout and communication tower. The last two kilometres are steep, narrow and winding so drive to the conditions. It is accessible by 2WD vehicles but not caravans.

This page last reviewed on 2 Dec 2016