Jacks Creek walking track

Cocoparra National Park

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Overview

Jacks Creek walking track threads through a sheltered gorge and upon ridge tops. You’ll enjoy scenic views, plentiful birdwatching and diverse habitats.

Accessibility
Hard
Distance
2.4km loop
Time suggested
1 - 2hrs
Grade
Grade 3
What to
bring
Drinking water, hat, sunscreen

Jacks Creek walking track gives your bushwalking a twist with the intriguing, varied habitats of Cocoparra National Park. Setting out from Jacks Creek picnic area, you’ll explore a vast gorge, walking through sheltered gullies and along exposed ridges. Three lookouts give scenic views of the gorge and surrounding landscape. After rain, the gorge is alive with running water, accompanied by frog song.

Look out for a variety of woodland birds overhead, peregrine falcons roosting in the cliffs and flying through the gorge, and white-winged choughs nesting above the tables in the picnic area. Look carefully at those shadows in the rock caves – they may be hiding swamp wallabies keen to avoid the heat of the day.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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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/jacks-creek-walking-track/local-alerts

General enquiries

Park info

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Visitor info

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

Track grading

Features of this track

Distance

2.4km loop

Time

1 - 2hrs

Quality of markings

Sign posted

Experience required

No experience required

Gradient

Short steep hills

Quality of path

Formed track, some obstacles: The walk is 1m-wide and  hard-packed ground along its length. It can be quite uneven due to rocks and other natural features.

Steps

Occasional steps: There are 11 timber steps without handrails just north of Jacks Creek picnic area.

Other barriers

Pinch points: There may be points along the walk where the track narrows due to rocks and plants.

Accessible options

The southern part of the loop walk and most of the northern part may be suitable for people with reduced mobility, but the uneven surface of the track will be challenging for wheelchair users, mobility scooters and prams.

Getting there and parking

Jacks Creek walking track is in the Jacks Creek precinct of Cocoparra National Park. To get there:

  • From Griffith, take Rankin Springs Road through Beelbangera village towards Yenda for approximately 16km
  • Turn left onto Myall Park Road
  • Turn right onto Mount Bingar Road and follow for 7km to the intersection of the Whitton Stock Route
  • The entrance to Jacks Creek picnic area is a further 1km along the road

Road quality

Check the weather before you set out as the road to Jacks Creek can become boggy when it rains.

Parking

Parking is available in a small hard-packed ground carpark at Jacks Creek picnic area where this walk begins and ends. It can be a busy place on the weekend, so parking might be limited.

Best times to visit

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

Autumn

Camp at Woolshed Flat while the days are still long and warm enough to explore the walking tracks and the cool nights are pleasant for sitting and watching the sun set Keep an eye out for the autumn greenhood, an early flowering orchid. .

Spring

Take Jacks Creek walking track to see gorgeous spring flowers, including orchids, daisies, wattles and tea-trees. Watch the first rainbow bee-eaters arrive to build nests in the ground. Their brilliant colours are dazzling. Climb Mount Brodgen to look out over the plains and the tree line of Murrumbidgee River .

Winter

Winter rains bring the creeks and falls to life, and the blue-tinged cypress pine trees contrast against the red rocks beautifully after wet weather. The mosses and lichens on Falcon Falls walking track are also renewed with the seasonal rains Wattles begin to flower and their glorious colour will brighten up a cold day .

Weather, temperature and rainfall

Summer temperature

Average

15°C and 33°C

Highest recorded

44.7°C

Winter temperature

Average

3°C and 17°C

Lowest recorded

–4.8°C

Rainfall

Wettest month

October

Driest month

December

The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

111.3mm

Facilities

Rubbish bins are not available, so please take your rubbish with you when you leave.

Seats and resting points

There's one bench seat in the northern part of the loop and one in the southern part of the loop walk.

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 Plus 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).

Outback safety

Safety is of high priority in outback areas. In summer, temperatures can reach up to 50°C in some places. Food, water and fuel supplies can be scarce. Before you head off, check for road closures and use our contacts to stay safe in the outback.

Accessibility

Disability access level - hard

Most of Jacks Creek walking track may be accessible for people with reduced mobility, but there are some sections where assistance is required:

  • There are 11 timber steps without handrails in the northern part of the loop, just after you leave Jacks Creek picnic area.
  • The track has short, steep hills and can be uneven due to rocks and plants
  • The walk narrows at points due to rocks and plants

There's a bench seat in the northern part of the loop walk and one in the southern part of the loop for resting.

There are toilets at Jacks Creek picnic area, but they're not accessible or ambulant.

Permitted

There’s a free gas barbecue supplied, but you’re encouraged to bring gas or fuel stoves, especially in summer during the fire season.

Prohibited

Camp fires and solid fuel burners

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.

Learn more

Jacks Creek walking track is in Cocoparra National Park. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

A haven for birds

Wildflowers in bloom in Cocoparra National Park. Photo: John Spencer

This is a mecca for birdwatchers, with many resident and migratory species recorded here. Look out for the locally-threatened glossy-black cockatoo drinking from dams at dusk or quietly feeding on the seeds of the drooping she-oak. You may also see the many endangered woodland birds such as the hooded robin, speckled warbler, varied sittella, grey-crowned babbler, diamond firetail or shy heathwren. You can also visit the nesting grounds of the peregrine falcon at Falcon Falls.

  • Falcon Falls walking track Take Falcon Falls walking track for bushwalking past waterfalls and for spectacular woodland birdwatching, including magnificent peregrine falcons during nesting season.
  • Mount Brogden walking track Visit Mount Brogden walking track in Cocoparra National Park, near Griffith, for some excellent birdwatching, and enjoy Murrumbidgee River views.
  • Store Creek walking track Explore interesting rock formations on Store Creek walking track, only 30 minutes from Griffith. The track is a birdwatcher’s paradise and a wildflower wonderland in spring.

Ancient Aboriginal sites

Views across the valley in Cocoparra National Park. Photo: John Spencer

This is Wiradjuri country, and the many Aboriginal sites within Cocoparra National Park suggest intensive use during winter and spring when food resources became scarce along rivers, with surface water available in the protected valleys of the range. The name 'Cocoparra' comes from the Aboriginal 'cocupara', or kookaburra.

Dramatic rock formations

Rock formations on top of Spring Hill, Cocoparra National Park. Photo: John Spencer

Conserving an important area of native vegetation, Cocoparra National Park stands out amid the surrounding plains and farmlands with its rugged ranges and spectacular scenery. Deep narrow valleys, folded and eroded rock faces and delightful waterfalls mean that the view is always changing. For a dramatic overview of the plains, take Jacks Creek or Mount Brogden walking tracks. The rugged, craggy landscape of the Cocoparra Range produces a great variety of habitats. You’ll find woodlands and forests occupied by white cypress pine, Dwyer’s mallee gum, kurrajong, yellow box and many more during your bushwalks. If you’re a budding botanist, you’ll love the delicate orchids and spring wildflowers.

  • Jacks Creek walking track Jacks Creek walking track threads through a sheltered gorge and upon ridge tops. You’ll enjoy scenic views, plentiful birdwatching and diverse habitats.
  • Store Creek walking track Explore interesting rock formations on Store Creek walking track, only 30 minutes from Griffith. The track is a birdwatcher’s paradise and a wildflower wonderland in spring.
  • Woolshed Falls walking track Woolshed Falls walking track, near Griffith, is located in Cocoparra National Park, close to Woolshed Flat campground. It’s great for walking with kids.

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