The New England Tableland is my new favourite place. Along with the Barrington Tops area, the New England region provides city-weary travelers with a natural haven of waterfalls, rainforest, ancient beech forest, and snow gum woodland - all with a healthy dose of the remote. As with Barrington Tops National Park, the public only get to access a small corner of New England National Park. The rest of the park? Not strictly off-limits, but very hard to get to. Think several day- to week-long hikes.
Also like Barrington Tops, large parts of the park are declared Word Heritage and both regions are among the few remaining tracts of montane rainforest and Antarctic Beech forest in New South Wales. The public access to New England National Park is mostly via the north-west corner of the park; there is a campsite, several national parks cabins, and numerous short walks to various lookouts and waterfalls.
Perhaps one of the best places to view the rest of the national park is from Point Lookout. At 1563m above sea level, it is the second-highest point in the region and (on a clear day) commands an uninterrupted view all the way down to the coast. The unspoilt wilderness of the rest of the park stretches far into the distance.
Without a doubt, sunrise is the most beautiful time to be at Point Lookout. The lookout faces directly east and catches the first rays of sunlight as the sun comes up over the ocean. On cold mornings there would be a thick fog down in the valley below the lookout and the rising sun would set it alight, as if on fire.
There are also several short walks from Point Lookout that take you through snow gum forest around the top of the escarpment or down into the Antarctic beech rainforest below the lookout.