Junction Spur walking track

Gibraltar Range National Park

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Overview

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.

Accessibility
No wheelchair access
Distance
8km return
Time suggested
5hrs
Grade
Grade 5
Trip Intention Form

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Personal Locator Beacon

Hire a Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) for free at the Glen Innes office.

Entry fees
Park entry fees apply
What to
bring
Drinking water, sturdy shoes, clothes for all weather conditions, hat, sunscreen, compass, topographic map, insect repellent
Please note
  • You need navigational skills to find your way on this unmarked route.
  • Come prepared because weather conditions can change quickly in the tablelands.
  • Ticks and leeches are common in this area. They can cause allergic reactions and other health issues.
  • To avoid getting bitten, apply insect repellent containing DEET and wear long trousers, a long-sleeved shirt and a hat. If bitten by a tick, remove it as soon as possible.

Junction Spur walking track is great day walk for fit, adventurous day trippers from Grafton or Glenn Innes or those staying at Mulligans campground.

You’ll need navigational skill to complete this challenging 5-hour, 8km return hike, which features a long and challenging diversion from Murrumbooee Cascades walking track.

Starting from Mulligans campground, the walk diverts from Murrumbooee Cascades walking track after about 1.1km to follow a spur between Little Dandahra and Dandahra creeks. It continues across rugged terrain, down to the junction of these 2 waterways. This remote and peaceful spot is a great place to enjoy lunch and cool off. 

Junction Spur walking track is a long and difficult hike. Be sure to leave yourself plenty of time to enjoy the highlights because there’s lots to see, from dry eucalypt forest to rainforest and grass trees. Keep an eye out for the parma wallaby, a small marsupial once thought to be extinct.

Spring’s a great time to visit, to see the Gibraltar Range waratah and other wildflowers bloom across the rainforest. In summer, early morning starts and refreshing creek dips are the best way to beat the heat.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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Visitor info

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

Track grading

Grade 5

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

    5hrs

  • Quality of markings

    No directional signage

  • Gradient

    Very steep and difficult

  • Distance

    8km return

  • Steps

    Many steps

  • Quality of path

    Rough unformed track

  • Experience required

    Very experienced bushwalkers

Getting there and parking

Junction Spur walking track is in Gibraltar Range National Park.

To get there from Glen Innes:

  • Drive 68km east on the Gwydir Highway, towards Grafton. 
  • Turn left onto Mulligans Drive.

To get there from Grafton:

  • Drive 92km west on the Gwydir Highway, towards Glen Innes.
  • Turn right onto Mulligans Drive.

Continue on Mulligans Drive for 10km to Mulligans campground and picnic area.

Road quality

  • Unsealed roads

Vehicle access

  • 2WD vehicles

Weather restrictions

  • All weather

Parking

Parking is available at Mulligans campground and picnic area.

Facilities

  • Flush toilets, picnic tables and barbecues are available at Mulligans campground and picnic area.
  • There are no bins so you’ll need to take all rubbish away with you.

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

Permitted

Gathering firewood

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

Junction Spur 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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