Bangalore Falls walking track

Bindarri National Park

Overview

Bangalore Falls is a must-see destination with superb waterfall views from the lookout, just a short walk along an easy walking track, and a great place for a picnic.

Where
Bindarri National Park
Distance
1km return
Time suggested
15 - 45min
Grade
Grade 3
Price
Free
What to
bring
Drinking water, hat, sunscreen
Please note
  • Check the weather before you set out as the road to Bangalore Falls can become boggy when it rains
  • A current NSW recreational fishing licence is required when fishing in all waters

Bangalore Falls is a must-see destination within Bindarri National Park. These spectacular waterfalls are easily accessible, yet in a beautiful, remote location.

It’s an easy 500m walk from the car park, and the views are outstanding all year round. Admire the views of the cascading waters and snatch glances into the Bangalore Gorge from the lookout.

Wander back to the picnic area along the easy walking track. This short walk takes you past awe-inspiring grand trees that escaped the former logging activities in the park.

Relax and enjoy a peaceful picnic under the trees, with the sound of the waterfalls in the distance. Look out for lyrebirds and, if you’re a keen birdwatcher, you might recognise the distinctive ‘wom-poo’ call of the wompoo fruit-dove.

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/things-to-do/walking-tracks/bangalore-falls-walking-track/local-alerts

Park info

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Bangalore Falls walking track.

Track grading

Grade 3

Learn more about the grading system Features of this track
  • Time

    15 - 45min

  • Quality of markings

    Sign posted

  • Gradient

    Short steep hills

  • Distance

    1km return

  • Steps

    Occasional steps

  • Quality of path

    Formed track, some obstacles

  • Experience required

    Some bushwalking experience recommended

Getting there and parking

Get driving directions

Get directions

    Bangalore Falls is in the western precinct of Bindarri National Park. To get there:

    • Follow the directions to the park entrance via Eastern Dorrigo Way
    • Take Range Road to get to Bangalore Falls

    Park entry points

    Parking

    Parking is available at Bangalore Falls.

    Best times to visit

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

    Autumn

    Get off the beaten track and take your 4WD through pristine bushlands, stopping to see the magnificent Bangalore Falls.

    Spring

    Enjoy picnicking and swimming by the river and easy walking to see spectacular waterfalls.

    Summer

    Take a refreshing swim in the crystal clear waters of Urumbilum River.

    Winter

    Head off on your mountain bike and explore the remote forest trails.

    Weather, temperature and rainfall

    Summer temperature

    Average

    18°C and 27°C

    Highest recorded

    43.3°C

    Winter temperature

    Average

    7°C and 20°C

    Lowest recorded

    -3.2°C

    Rainfall

    Wettest month

    March

    Driest month

    September

    The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

    781.9mm

    Maps and downloads

    Safety messages

    Bushwalking safety

    If you're keen to head out on a longer walk or a backpack camp, always be prepared. Read these bushwalking safety tips before you set off on a walking adventure in national parks.

    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).

    Prohibited

    Gathering firewood

    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

    Bellingen (16 km)

    Bellingen is a laid-back, tree-lined town with a New Age vibe. It's set in a luxuriant valley beside the Bellinger River.

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    Coffs Harbour (20 km)

    Coffs Harbour is a coastal city on the North Coast, packed with things to do. It's surrounded by lush forests and national parks.

    www.visitnsw.com

    Dorrigo (21 km)

    Dorrigo is a serene country town and the gateway to Dorrigo National Park. Its close to the edge of the escarpment above the Bellingen Valley.

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    Learn more

    Bangalore Falls walking track is in Bindarri National Park. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

    A bygone era

    Bangalore Falls, Biamanga National Park. Photo: Helen Clark

    Walking out to Bangalore Falls, you might notice the large stumps standing as reminders of the parks former days of logging. Known as the 'cedar getters', the first Europeans arrived in this region in the mid-1800s. However, logging did not start until 1863. By 1880, concerns that Orara Valley would be cleared called for the declaration of Forest Reserve No 642, which later became Orara West State Forest in 1917.

    Biodiversity hotspot

    Giant barred frog (Mixophyes iteratus), Bindarri National Park. Photo: OEH

    Bindarri National Park is considered a ‘biodiversity hotspot’ due to the number of rare and threatened species found here, such as the palm orchid, fish bone fern and southern quassia. The park also provides an important corridor of native vegetation linking the hinterland and plateau habitats of the World Heritage-listed Dorrigo National Park with the coastal habitats of Bongil Bongil National Park. It's also home to a range of wildlife including an abundance of bird species,wallabies, possums and spotted-tailed quolls, as well as threatened species such as koalas, platypus, owls and bats. You might also spot the brown-speckled giant barred frog or the giant panda snail - the largest snail in Australia,with a shell measuring up to 12cm long.

    • Bangalore Falls walking track Bangalore Falls is a must-see destination with superb waterfall views from the lookout, just a short walk along an easy walking track, and a great place for a picnic.
    • Bindarray picnic area Escape the crowds and head to Bindarray picnic area. Enjoy 4WD touring, birdwatching, wildlife watching, swimming, liloing, paddling and picnicking by Urumbilum River.
    • Orara Escarpment 4WD touring route Orara Escarpment 4WD touring route goes from Coffs Harbour through pristine forest, with spectacular waterfalls and idyllic picnic and swimming spots along the way.
    • Plateau Circuit loop trail Cycle through lush subtropical rainforest and eucalypt forest. See spectacular waterfalls and enjoy beautiful picnic and swimming spots, close to Coffs Harbour.

    Traditional Aboriginal lands

    Urumbilum River, Bindarri National Park. Photo: Shane Ruming

    The deep gorges, cascading waterfalls and lush forests of Bindarri National Park are the traditional lands of the Gumbaynggirr people. The park is named after the Gumbaynggirr word 'Bindarray', which means 'many creeks'. Many Aboriginal sites have been identified as places used by local Aboriginal people for camping, tool-making, ceremonies and dreaming stories.

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    Bangalore Falls, Bindarri National Park. Photo: Helen Clark/NSW Government