Culture and history
The park area since colonisation
The explorer John Oxley passed through this area in 1818. Soon after, the area was explored by timber-getters and illegal land settlers. A road, built with convict labour to link the wool-growing settlement of Walcha with Port Macquarie, passed through the northern section of the park.
Some of the park has been logged, and some areas have also been used for rough forest grazing, although only small sections of the park have been cleared. The park has also been used for small-scale manganese mining.
There are few significant historic sites to be found in the park, although evidence of previous uses such as old fence lines can be seen.
History of the park
Mummel Gulf National Park was created in 1999, as part of the national regional forest agreement process. Earlier in the 1990s, the park had been the scene of anti-logging protests.