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Dandahra picnic area

Gibraltar Range National Park

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about the Dandahra picnic area.

Getting there and parking

Dandahra picnic area is in the Dandahra precinct of Gibraltar Range National Park. To get there:

  • From Glen Innes, travel 68km east along Gwydir Highway.
  • From Grafton, travel 92km west along Gwydir Highway.

Road quality

  • Sealed roads

Vehicle access

  • 2WD vehicles

Weather restrictions

  • All weather


Parking is available in bitumen carparks at Dandahra picnic area.

Best times to visit

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


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


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.


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


13°C and 24.1°C

Highest recorded


Winter temperature


1°C and 13.2°C

Lowest recorded



Wettest month


Driest month


The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day




There is an amenities block at the picnic area with flush toilets, including an accessible toilet.

  • Flush toilets

Picnic tables

Barbecue facilities

  • Wood barbecues (bring your own firewood)


Public phone

Step-free access

There is step-free access around the picnic area along gravel pathways that lead from the carpark to the toilet facilities and also to some of the picnic tables.

At one of the carparks, there are 4 steps with a handrail but there's alternate ramp access to get to the picnic area.

  • Step-free outdoor pathways

Seats and resting points

There are 2 platform-style benches without backrests near the display shelter.

Maps and downloads

Safety messages

Fire safety

During periods of fire weather, the Commissioner of the NSW Rural Fire Service may declare a total fire ban for particular NSW fire areas, or statewide. Learn more about total fire bans and fire safety.

Mobile safety

Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency Plus 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).


Disability access level - easy

Dandahra picnic area is flat and mostly step-free with:

  • Gravel pathways that lead from the carpark to the toilet facilities and also to some of the picnic tables
  • An accessible amenities block with an accessible toilet
  • Platform-style benches for resting near the display shelter.

Some of the picnic tables are not set along the gravel pathway - you'll need to cross over flat grass to reach them.


Gathering firewood

Firewood may not be collected from the park.


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.


NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

Dandahra picnic area

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Park info

  • in Gibraltar Range National Park in the North Coast and Country NSW regions
  • Gibraltar Range National Park is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather, road damage, or high fire danger.

  • Park entry fees:

    $8 per vehicle per day. The park uses a self-registration fee collection system. Please bring the correct change and display your receipt.

    Buy annual pass