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Dandahra Falls walking track

Gibraltar Range National Park

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Overview

Suitable for fit and experienced bushwalkers only, Dandahra Falls walking track in Gibraltar Range National Park offers impressive waterfall views in stunning World Heritage surrounds.

Where
Gibraltar Range National Park in North Coast, Country NSW
Accessibility
No wheelchair access
Distance
5km return
Time suggested
3 - 4hrs
Grade
Grade 5
Entry fees
Park entry fees apply
What to
bring
Drinking water, sturdy shoes, hat, clothes for all weather conditions, sunscreen, insect repellent
Please note
  • Ticks and leeches are common in this area. They can cause allergic reactions and other health issues. 
  • To avoid getting bitten, apply insect repellent containing DEET and wear long trousers, a long-sleeved shirt and a hat.
  • If bitten by a tick, remove it as soon as possible.
  • The best time to see Dandahra Falls is after periods of rain.

Dandahra Falls walking track is a challenging 5km (3.5 hours) return trek, but it's worth the effort to see Little Dandahra Creek cascade off a cliff. This is an ideal outing if you're an experienced bushwalker staying at Mulligans campground or looking for an adventurous day trip from Grafton or Glenn Innes.

Your trek starts on the easy and delightfully varied Murrumbooee walk, then continues along a challenging side track. After a hard scramble over difficult terrain you'll descend to a natural viewing area. This is the perfect spot to enjoy a snack and feast your eyes on Dandahra Falls, dropping off the escarpment in a series of cascades and pools into the valley below.

Breathtaking views aren't the only highlight; animal lovers will find plenty more to enjoy here. Keep an eye out for eastern spinebills and other honeyeaters feeding on nectar from tall flower spikes of ancient grass trees. If you're lucky you may also spot a parma wallaby, a tiny marsupial once believed extinct, in areas with thick scrub.

Spring's a great time to visit to see vivid wildflowers, including the Gibraltar Range waratah, bloom across the rainforest. In summer early morning bushwalks followed by refreshing creek dips are the perfect way to beat the heat.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

Also see

  • Murrumbooee Cascades walking track, Gibraltar Range National Park. Photo: Rob Cleary © OEH

    Murrumbooee Cascades walking track

    Murrumbooee Cascades walking track, in Gibraltar Range National Park, is a hiking route to a scenic waterfall with birdwatching and swimming opportunities.

  • Car park and picnic areas, Mulligans campground, Gibraltar Range National Park. Photo: D Hayden/OEH

    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.

 

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Two men cross a creek bridge on a rainforest walk in Border Ranges National Park. Photo: Branden Bodman/OEH

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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.

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