Gibraltar House

Gibraltar Range National Park

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Overview

This cheap accommodation option, recently refurbished, sleeps seven and offers an excellent base from which to explore Gibraltar Range and neighbouring national parks.

Accommodation Details
Accommodation type House
Where 8949 Gwydir Highway, Gibraltar Range, NSW, 2370 - in Gibraltar Range National Park
Bedrooms 2
Maximum guests 7
What to bring Bed sheets, blankets, pillows, towels, food supplies
Price
  • Rates and availability are displayed when making an online booking.
  • Minimum 2 night stays.
Entry fees

Park entry fees are not included in your accommodation fees.

Bookings Book online or call the National Parks Contact Centre on 1300 072 757
Please note
  • Check in after 2.30pm. Check out before 11am.
  • Bedding configuration: Room 1 has 2 x king single. Room 2 has 1 x bunk and 1 x king single.
  • Additional guests may be permitted to camp at the property with prior approval from the ranger (fees apply)
  • The cottage is in a remote location, so it's a good idea to pick up your supplies before you arrive.
  • There is no mobile phone coverage. There are phone facilities available for emergency only.
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Gibraltar House is an accommodation gem, perfectly positioned between Glen Innes and Grafton to let you uncover the wonders of the Gibraltar Range and Washpool World Heritage Area.

This modern house, sleeping seven, features solar-powered electricity and a good enough kitchen for even the best cooks. In cooler months, curl up by the slow-combustion wood heater with coffee and a good book. In summer, throw open the doors and windows and pull on swimmers for a dip in the Little Dandahra or Surveyors creeks.

Alternatively, bring hiking boots to venture into the rainforest and granite outcrops of Gibraltar Range. Cyclists will love the Gibraltar-Washpool World Heritage walk with its many twisting diversions, and the park has plenty of lookouts to catch a scenic view across the canopy. Once comfortable, you’ll be tempted to stay for much longer.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

Current alerts in this area

There are no current alerts in this area.

Local alerts

For the latest updates on fires, closures and other alerts in this area, see https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/camping-and-accommodation/accommodation/gibraltar-house/local-alerts

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All the practical information you need to know about Gibraltar House.

Getting there and parking

The Gibraltar House is in Gibraltar Range National Park. To get there:

  • From Glen Innes, drive 68km east towards Grafton along the Gwydir Highway
  • From Grafton, drive 92km west towards Glen Innes along the Gwydir Highway
  • After booking, your confirmation email will include a PIN number to access the property. If you don't receive this after booking phone 1300 072 757.

Road quality

  • Sealed roads

Vehicle access

  • 2WD vehicles

Weather restrictions

  • All weather

Parking

Off-street parking for two vehicles is available. Bus parking is available.

By public transport

You can also get to the house by bus getting off at the Gibraltar Range National Park Country Link Bus stop, phone 132 232 for bus prices and schedules.

Best times to visit

There are lots of great things waiting for you in Gibraltar Range National Park. Here are some of the highlights.

Spring

The most popular time of the year to visit, spring sees the park erupt into a vibrant display of wildflowers, including the Gibraltar waratah.

Summer

Take in an early morning bushwalk before the day heats up, then cool down in one of the many waterways, like the Little Dandahra Creek.

Winter

It can be below freezing at night, but the daytime temperatures make this the best time of the year to take in some of the longer treks like the Gibraltar-Washpool World Heritage walk.

Weather, temperature and rainfall

Summer temperature

Average

13°C and 24.1°C

Highest recorded

35°C

Winter temperature

Average

1°C and 13.2°C

Lowest recorded

-8.9°C

Rainfall

Wettest month

January

Driest month

August

The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

258.4mm

Facilities

  • Lounge room with queen-sized sofa bed
  • Has a fully-furnished living room, kitchen facilities and two toilets.
  • Washing machine provided with clothes line/racks
  • There is no DVD, television or stereo at the accommodation.
  • There is a wood heater available for use, with firewood supplied.
  • Please leave the property clean and tidy, with cutlery and cooking utensils washed and put away or additional cleaning fees may be charged.
  • Please place all rubbish in the appropriate bins outside the house on your departure
  • Eco-friendly accommodation – solar power and rain water.

Maps and downloads

Safety messages

Mobile safety

Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency + app before you visit, it helps emergency services locate you using your smartphone's GPS. Please note there is limited mobile phone reception in this park and you’ll need mobile reception to call Triple Zero (000).

Water activities

Beaches, rivers and lakes in NSW national parks offer lots of opportunities for water activities. Please take care in the water and find out how to help your family and friends stay safe around water.

Accessibility

Disability access level - easy

  • Gibraltar House is wheelchair accessible
  • Access to the verandah is via a ramp
  • Bathroom is wheelchair accessible

Prohibited

Pets

Pets and domestic animals (other than certified assistance animals) are not permitted. Find out which regional parks allow dog walking and see the pets in parks policy for more information.

Smoking

NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

Nearby towns

Glen Innes (57 km)

Set in the most prolific sapphire region of Country NSW, Glen Innes hosts the annual Minerama Fossicking and Gem Show and the annual Australian Celtic Festival, and is home to the Australian Standing Stones.

www.visitnsw.com

Grafton (64 km)

Grafton is a gracious, historic city in the Clarence Valley farming district. It's situated on the broad Clarence River and surrounded by river flats.

www.visitnsw.com

Tenterfield (50 km)

Sir Henry Parkes delivered his famous "birth of our nation" speech in the Tenterfield School of Arts in 1889. His rousing speech is credited with being the decisive moment that set the country on its path toward Federation in 1901.

www.visitnsw.com

Learn more

Gibraltar House is in Gibraltar Range National Park. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

Lands of plenty

Mulligans Hut, Gibraltar Range National Park. Photo: Rob Cleary

The European heritage of the park may be shorter, but look around and you'll find its traces clearly etched in the natural environment. Living around the range are direct descendants of graziers, lumberers and miners who made their livings here. Bullock teams and horses once struggled through the bush and granite tors, attempting to tame a landscape that today inspires for its wild ruggedness. Evidence of their work can be glimpsed at Mulligans campground, where an aborted hydro-electric scheme from the 1900s is memoralised by a remaining hut and several weirs. Hikers on the wide-reaching Gibraltar-Washpool World Heritage walk might also notice relics of pre-WWII tin and gold-mining operations in the Grassy Creek area.

  • Dandahra Crags walking track Dandahra Crags walking track, in Gibraltar Range National Park, is a hiking route with scenic views and birdwatching opportunities.
  • Gibraltar-Washpool World Heritage walk Keep an eye out for birds and wildflowers on the 45km Gibraltar-Washpool World Heritage walk through eucalypt forests, rainforests, wetlands and granite tors in the rugged Northern Tablelands.

World Heritage Area

A couple looking out over the mountain range, Gibraltar Range National Park. Photo: Rob Cleary

Part of the Gondwana Rainforests Reserves of Australia, Gibraltar Range is listed on the World Heritage register for rainforest plants that have existed since Australia was part of the Gondwana super-continent. Gibraltar Range National Park is home to several threatened species of animal: the endangered giant barred frog, which can grow to the size of a small adult's hand; and glossy black cockatoos, under threat from a loss of breeding habitat. Feeding locations are very important to the continuing survival of the cockatoo.

  • Gibraltar-Washpool World Heritage walk Keep an eye out for birds and wildflowers on the 45km Gibraltar-Washpool World Heritage walk through eucalypt forests, rainforests, wetlands and granite tors in the rugged Northern Tablelands.

Years in the making

Little Dandahra Creek, Gilbraltar Range National Park. Photo: Rob Cleary

Long stewarded through history by Aboriginal people in the area, the Gibraltar Range continues to hold significance for contemporary descendants. The Range is rich in cultural sites and sacred places, with Aboriginal groups having moved regularly between the tablelands and coastal plains, conducting ceremonies and gathering food along the way.

  • Dandahra Crags walking track Dandahra Crags walking track, in Gibraltar Range National Park, is a hiking route with scenic views and birdwatching opportunities.

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Gibralter House. Photo: John Spencer/OEH