Update: Hanging Rock Road is closed due to a landslide.
Leave Bowraville via North Arm and Lower Buckrabendinni Road, turning left on the dirt Hanging Rock Road. Here the fun begins, as you climb up through Mistake SF and into Dunggir NP.
Dunggir is the Gumbaynggirr word for koala, and the area holds spiritual significance for the local aboriginal community. Dunggir NP was part of Mistake SF and subject to protests in the 1990s for protection of the old-growth forests.
This route traverse wet and dry sclerophyll forests and small patches of rainforest. The fires in 2019 burnt through here, impacting both the vegetation and the wildlife.
Kosekai Lookout is near the top of the Bowra Sugarloaf mountain (877m), and has a spectacular view on a clear day toward Nambucca Heads and the sea, and south-east across forests, valleys and many mountain peaks from Yarrahapinni to the Brothers at Port Macquarie. This is a good place to open up PeakFinder app on your smartphone and enjoy a picnic break.
From the lookout, we continued along Kosekai Road and Taragamindi Road down to Taylors Arm, and then cruisy tar to Macksville.