Gorge walking track

Koreelah National Park

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Overview

Take this easy walk along Gorge walking track and explore Koreelah Creek Gorge and waterfalls. Excellent for swimming, birdwatching, wildlife spotting and getting back to nature.

Where
Koreelah National Park
Distance
0.8km return
Time suggested
30 - 45min
Grade
Grade 2
Price
Free
What to
bring
Hat, sunscreen
Please note
Remember to take your binoculars if you want to bird watch.

Take an easy stroll through sclerophyll forest and explore Koreelah Creek Gorge on this short walking track. It’s only 10 minutes from Koreelah Creek campground, but there’s so much to see along the way.

You’ll see rugged peaks that rise to the west and dark green foliage of hoop pines clad to the steep cliffs. Keep a lookout as you wander along the creek for platypus swimming in the large pools of water.

Once you arrive at the gorge, stop for a while, take a refreshing swim in the cool waters or find a spot on the rocks to sit and admire the local wildlife. You might just see a brush-tailed rock wallaby on the steep rocky slopes of the gorge below the waterfall. It’s also a great place to listen out for frog calls in summer and excellent for birdwatching all year round.

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/gorge-walking-track/local-alerts

General enquiries

Park info

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Visitor info

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

Track grading

Grade 2

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

    30 - 45min

  • Quality of markings

    Clearly sign posted

  • Gradient

    Gentle hills

  • Distance

    0.8km return

  • Steps

    Occasional steps

  • Quality of path

    Formed track

  • Experience required

    No experience required

Getting there and parking

Gorge walking track is in the northern precinct of Koreelah National Park. To get there:

  • Follow the directions from Woodenbong
  • After you turn right at Old Koreelah onto White Swamp Road, drive for another 12km and you’ll see the campground on your left.
  • The walking track starts from the campground

Parking

Parking is available at Koreelah Creek campground.

Best times to visit

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

Autumn

Enjoy crisp mornings and listen to the calls of the albert lyrebird echoing throughout the valley.

Spring

See the brilliant red flowers of flame trees on the upper slopes.

Summer

Look for platypus in creek pools near the campground and enjoy swimming in Koreelah Creek Gorge.

Winter

Camp overnight and see the rugged escarpment rising out of the mist from the campground.

Weather, temperature and rainfall

Summer temperature

Average

15°C and 29°C

Highest recorded

29.1°C

Winter temperature

Average

2°C and 19°C

Lowest recorded

2.7°C

Rainfall

Wettest month

January

Driest month

August

The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

460mm

Facilities

  • You are encouraged to bring gas or fuel stoves, especially in summer during the fire season.
  • Drinking water is not available in this area, so it’s a good idea to bring your own.

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).

River and lake safety

The aquatic environment around rivers, lakes and lagoons can be unpredictable. If you're visiting these areas, take note of these river and lake safety tips.

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

Casino (81 km)

Casino is a thriving rural centre in the heart of rich agricultural country. It's set in lush pastures on the banks of the Richmond River.

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Kyogle (62 km)

Kyogle is an attractive timber-milling town surrounded by rainforest. It's set on the Richmond River at the base of Fairy Mountain.

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Tenterfield (87 km)

Sir Henry Parkes delivered his famous "birth of our nation" speech in the Tenterfield School of Arts in 1889. His rousing speech is credited with being the decisive moment that set the country on its path toward Federation in 1901.

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Learn more

Gorge walking track is in Koreelah National Park. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

Rich in Aboriginal culture

Gorge walking track, Koreelah National Park. Photo: David Young

The forests, waterways and rugged cliffs of Koreelah are part of the traditional Country of the Githabul People. For thousands of years, this beautiful landscape provided Aboriginal people with food, medicine, and materials for tools, weapons and shelters. In recognition of their ongoing connection to the land, the Federal Court of Australia recognised the Githabul People's native title rights and today, Koreelah National Park is proudly co-managed with the local Githabul People.

Teeming with wildlife

Koreelah Creek, Koreelah National Park. Photo: David Young

The diverse natural habitats of Koreelah make it a haven for wildlife. You'll see red-necked wallabies and lace monitors wandering through the campground, and might spot red-bellied black snakes and carpet pythons sunning themselves on the creek banks. At night, look for brush-tailed phascogales, sugar gliders and koalas, and listen for owls such as the sooty owl and southern boobook. Birdwatchers will never be short of something to look at in Koreelah National Park. There are over 110 species of birds found here, including the wompoo fruit-dove, regent bowerbird, eastern whipbird and albert lyrebird. Near the campgrounds, you'll probably see glossy black cockatoos, scarlet honeyeaters, grey shrike thrush and blue-faced honeyeaters.

  • Gorge walking track Take this easy walk along Gorge walking track and explore Koreelah Creek Gorge and waterfalls. Excellent for swimming, birdwatching, wildlife spotting and getting back to nature.

World Heritage plant life

Gorge walking track, Koreelah National Park. Photo: David Young

Whether you're driving, walking, or just sitting by the creek relaxing, you'll see a diversity of vegetation types here, ranging from dry sclerophyll forests to the cool subtropical rainforests of Acacia Plateau and Wilsons Peak Flora Reserves, which are part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area. Enter this ancient world and you'll see black booyong, yellow carribean, rosewood and emergent hoop pines.

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Gorge walking track, Koreelah National Park. Photo: David Young