Victoria Park Nature Reserve is a lovely place to relax and walk while listening to birdsong. The park provides a short rainforest boardwalk and the walk takes between 15 and 30 minutes to complete.
As soon as you enter the shady green cool of the lush rainforest, dappled light filters through the dense canopy. Giant Morton Bay fig trees and majestic black beans tower above while Bangalow palms and ferns grow up from below. Despite the small size of the area an unusually wide variety of animals occur in the reserve, and at last count, there were 152 Tree species recorded in this one small reserve.
Take a moment to absorb the serene quiet of the rainforest, and you might catch a glimpse of the shy red-legged pademelon or the colourful wompoo fruit-dove and at least two species of possum.
The informative displays show how the Wildjabul people, of the Bundjalung nation, relied on the local plants and animals for food, medicine and ceremonies. You will also learn how the curved sheath of the Bangalow palm was utilised to carry water, and the sap of the strangler fig used to heal wounds.
When thoughts turn to lunch, enjoy a relaxing barbecue at the shaded picnic tables, to a backdrop of lush rainforest.
The route is signposted, and the reserve is most easily accessed via the town of Alstonville then travelling south 7 km along the Wardell Road and turning onto the Rous Mill Road for a further kilometre.