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.

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.

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Park info

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Visitor info

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

Track grading

Grade 4

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

    2hrs 30min - 3hrs 30min

  • Quality of markings

    Clearly sign posted

  • Gradient

    Short steep hills

  • Distance

    7km return

  • Steps

    Occasional steps

  • Quality of path

    Rough track, many obstacles

  • Experience required

    Some bushwalking experience recommended

Getting there and parking

Duffer Falls walking track is in Gibraltar Range National Park, near Boundary Falls campground and picnic area.

To get there from Glen Innes:

  • Drive 63km east towards Grafton along the Gwydir Highway.

To get there from Grafton:

  • Drive 97km west towards Glen Innes along the Gwydir Highway.

Boundary Falls campground and picnic area is located a short distance off the main road and is well sign-posted.

Road quality

  • Unsealed roads

Vehicle access

  • 2WD vehicles

Weather restrictions

  • All weather

Parking

Parking is available at Boundary Falls campground and picnic area.

Facilities

  • There are no bins so you’ll need to take all rubbish away with you.
  • A single drop toilet is available at Boundary Falls campground and picnic area.

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.

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 + 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).

Waterfall safety

Waterfalls are beautiful destinations but please be safe when visiting these natural wonders. Read these waterfall safety tips before exploring waterfalls on your next walk.

Accessibility

Disability access level - no wheelchair access

Prohibited

Generators

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.

Learn more

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

Lands of plenty

Mulligans Hut, Gibraltar Range National Park. Photo: Rob Cleary

The European heritage of the park may be shorter, but look around and you'll find its traces clearly etched in the natural environment. Living around the range are direct descendants of graziers, lumberers and miners who made their livings here. Bullock teams and horses once struggled through the bush and granite tors, attempting to tame a landscape that today inspires for its wild ruggedness. Evidence of their work can be glimpsed at Mulligans campground and picnic area, where an aborted hydro-electric scheme from the 1900s is memoralised by a remaining hut and several weirs. Hikers on the wide-reaching Gibraltar-Washpool World Heritage walk might also notice relics of pre-WWII tin and gold-mining operations in the Grassy Creek area.

  • Dandahra Crags walking track Dandahra Crags walking track, in Gibraltar Range National Park, is a hiking route with scenic views and birdwatching opportunities.
  • 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.

World Heritage Area

A couple looking out over the mountain range, Gibraltar Range National Park. Photo: Rob Cleary

Part of the Gondwana Rainforests Reserves of Australia, Gibraltar Range is listed on the World Heritage register for rainforest plants that have existed since Australia was part of the Gondwana super-continent. Gibraltar Range National Park is home to several threatened species of animal: the endangered giant barred frog, which can grow to the size of a small adult's hand; and glossy black cockatoos, under threat from a loss of breeding habitat. Feeding locations are very important to the continuing survival of the cockatoo.

  • Dandahra Falls walking track 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.
  • Duffer Falls walking track 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.
  • 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.
  • Junction Spur walking track For experienced bushwalkers only, Junction Spur walking track in Gibraltar Range National Park will suit adventure seekers who want to get off the beaten track and explore the tablelands.
  • The Needles walking track The Needles walking track offers jaw-dropping views of granite rock formations in Gibraltar Range National Park, near Glen Innes. Part of the Gibraltar-Washpool World Heritage walk, it’s a great shorter walk option.
  • Tree Fern Forest walking track Tree Fern Forest walking track is an iconic 9.2km loop walk through World Heritage-listed rainforest and dramatic heathlands in Gibraltar Range National Park, between Glen Innes and Grafton.
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Years in the making

Little Dandahra Creek, Gilbraltar Range National Park. Photo: Rob Cleary

Long stewarded through history by Aboriginal people in the area, the Gibraltar Range continues to hold significance for contemporary descendants. The Range is rich in cultural sites and sacred places, with Aboriginal groups having moved regularly between the tablelands and coastal plains, conducting ceremonies and gathering food along the way.

  • Dandahra Crags walking track Dandahra Crags walking track, in Gibraltar Range National Park, is a hiking route with scenic views and birdwatching opportunities.

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