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Federal Falls walking track

Mount Canobolas State Conservation Area

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Take the challenging walk to Federal Falls near Orange. Keep your eyes out for birds and butterflies along the way and be rewarded with waterfall views at the end.

4km loop
Time suggested
1 - 2hrs
Grade 3
What to
Drinking water, hat, sunscreen, raincoat, sturdy shoes, clothes for all weather conditions, snacks
Please note
  • Because of the altitude, the weather can change quite quickly. You should always check the weather forecast before setting out for a walk. 
  • The walk starts and finishes at Federal Falls campground
  • Most of the walk is easy, however the last 336m of the walk is a very steep incline down to the falls and while there is a rail to assist, it should only be attempted by confident walkers.
  • Roads may close when it snows (generally once or twice each winter)

This loop track starts and finishes at Federal Falls campground, passing through snow gum forest and past gigantic rock faces on its way down to Federal Falls. If you’re there after the rain, you’ll be in for a pretty sight.

You can start the track at either the northern or southern end of the campground. If you want an easy return trip to the falls, it’s best to take the northern track there and back, and if you’re planning to hike the loop track, it’s recommended to walk in a clockwise direction; starting at the southern end as you’ll be heading downhill on the steeper sections.

Whichever way you choose to hike, you’ll be accompanied by a range of flora and fauna along the walk. See flag flowers and Australian pea flowers and notice the colourful butterflies as they flutter by. You might also hear the song of the grey currawong as you make your way towards Federal Falls.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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  • Tents in Federal Falls campground. Photo © Debby McGerty

    Federal Falls campground

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