Anvil Rock walking track
Gibraltar Range National Park
Anvil Rock walking track is a relaxing walk past giant granite outcrops and grass tree-lined swamps in Gibraltar Range National Park, between Glen Innes and Grafton.
- No wheelchair access
- 4km return
- Time suggested
- 1 - 2hrs
- Grade 3
- Entry fees
- Park entry fees apply
- What to
- Drinking water, sturdy shoes, hat, suitable clothing, snacks, sunscreen
Popular with day-trippers and campers, Anvil Rock walking track is an easy 4km return walk offering access to spectacular environments and jaw-dropping views.
Starting from the Anvil Rock walking track carpark on Mulligans Drive, you'll pass through eucalypt forest, dramatic heathland and mountain swamps surrounded by towering grass trees. The trail leads to the base of Anvil Rock where you'll be rewarded with views of extraordinary granite formations. The huge Old Mans Hat outcrop is particularly striking, thanks to its balancing boulder. This is a great spot to take a break and enjoy the peaceful surroundings before heading back.
Spring is a perfect time to tackle Anvil Rock walking track as you can take in the area's stunning wildflower displays, including the red Gibraltar Range waratah, pink boronias, white smoke bush and purple match heads.
Animal lovers will also find lots to enjoy in this part of the park. Keep your eyes peeled for sun loving Cunningham's skinks basking on rocky outcrops. And towards twilight you might even spot a tiny parma wallaby emerging from the dense scrub to search for food.
If you want to spend more than a day exploring this incredible setting you can book a stay at nearby Mulligans campground and picnic area or Gibraltar House.
Mulligans campground and picnic area
A popular starting point for the Gibraltar-Washpool World Heritage walk, Mulligans campground and picnic area has an idyllic creek for swimming and lush picnic spots with barbecues.
This cheap accommodation option, recently refurbished, sleeps 10 and offers an excellent base from which to explore Gibraltar Range and neighbouring national parks.
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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
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