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Duffer Falls walking track

Gibraltar Range National Park

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Overview

Within easy reach of Glen Innes or Grafton and ideal for a day trip, Duffer Falls walking track offers waterfall views in the beautiful forest setting of Gibraltar Range National Park.

Where
Gibraltar Range National Park in North Coast, Country NSW
Accessibility
No wheelchair access
Distance
7km return
Time suggested
2hrs 30min - 3hrs 30min
Grade
Grade 4
Entry fees
Park entry fees apply
What to
bring
Drinking water, hat, sturdy shoes, clothes for all weather conditions, sunscreen

Part of the popular Gibraltar-Washpool World Heritage walk, Duffer Falls walking track is a great option if you’re keen to explore the wonder that is Gibraltar Range National Park but only have time for a day walk.

Starting from Wades Sawmill near Boundary Falls campground and picnic area, most of this walk is an easy stroll along wide trails, surrounded by the towering eucalypts, ferns and grass trees that make Gibraltar Range National Park so remarkable.

For the final 700m approach to the falls, the track narrows and becomes more challenging. It’s worth the effort though, to see Duffer Creek plummet over a cliff in a series of cascades and descend into the Demon Fault.

As you walk, keep an eye out for lyrebirds scratching on the forest floor and small eastern yellow robins and scrubwrens flitting about as they hunt for insects. Towards twilight you may even see a northern brown bandicoot, the largest of Australia’s 6 bandicoot species, searching for food on the forest floor. In spring the park erupts with wildflowers, including the striking Gibraltar Range waratah.

If you’re still feeling energetic try nearby Lyrebird Falls walking track, another walk with gorgeous views of waterfalls.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

Also see

  • World Heritage Walk, Gibraltar-Range National Park. Photo: Rob Cleary © OEH

    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.

  • A picnic table and fire ring at Boundary Falls campground and picnic area, Gibraltar Range National Park. Photo: Robert Cleary/DPIE

    Boundary Falls campground and picnic area

    This contained campsite just off the main road between Glen Innes and Grafton offers great walks, picnic spots, barbecues, and a stunning natural waterfall right nearby.

 

Explore Gondwana Rainforests

Explore the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area in our NSW national parks. Enjoy guided tours, walks, waterfalls, scenic drives, and accommodation surrounded by ancient landscapes.

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

Park:

Washpool National Park

Washpool National Park, north-west of Grafton or east of Glen Innes, offers wilderness walks, camping, and horse riding in stunning World Heritage surrounds.

A path through trees along Coachwood walking track in Washpool National Park. Photo: Leah Pippos © DPIE

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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
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