Kanangra Waterfall walk

Kanangra-Boyd National Park

Overview

Kanangra Waterfall walk in Kanangra-Boyd National Park offers marvellous views of the cascading water at Kanangra and Kalang Falls.

Where
Kanangra-Boyd National Park
Distance
1.6km one-way
Time suggested
30min
Grade
Medium
Price
Free
What to
bring
Drinking water, hat, sunscreen
Please note
Remember to take your binoculars if you want to bird watch.

Kanangra Waterfall walk takes visitors along an exposed spine of ancient rocks and past views of Kanangra Deep, Kanangra Walls and Thurat Spires. From the Kanangra Walls carpark, follow the lookout walk before diverging off on to Waterfall walk's path.

In the depths of the gorge, you may be able to spot one of the country’s few native deciduous trees, the Australian red cedar – it has new red growth in late spring. If you time your walk for either early in the morning or late afternoon, you’ll also be rewarded by the sight of many small birds, such as the flame robin, which inhabit the heath and forest.

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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/kanangra-waterfall-walk/local-alerts

Park info

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Kanangra Waterfall walk.

Getting there and parking

Waterfall walk is in the Kanangra Walls precinct of Kanangra-Boyd National Park. To get there:

  • From Oberon: Turn off the main street onto Ross Street at the National Australia Bank and then follow the signs to Jenolan Caves and Kanangra-Boyd National Park. A 25-minute drive will take you to the park entrance. Follow this road to Kanangra Walls car park.

Parking

Parking is available, including several designated disabled spots.

Best times to visit

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

Spring

A beautiful time of year to enjoy hiking and mountain biking; the temperature isn't too hot. The Kanangra Classic, a weekend of outdoor adventure, takes place at Jensens Farm near Boyd River Campground in October. The event includes mountain bike enduros, a social ride and an ultramarathon.

Summer

Take the family camping in the mountains. This is best time of year for canyoning, as well as spotting some of the park's wildlife including kangaroos, echidnas, wombats and lyrebirds.

Winter

With cold temperatures during these months, including the possibility of snow, it's best to walk and mountain bike as part of a day trip. You'll be rewarded with the yellow Kanangra wattle beginning to bloom in late winter.

Weather, temperature and rainfall

Summer temperature

Average

10°C and 23°C

Highest recorded

34.5°C

Winter temperature

Average

-2ºC and 10ºC

Lowest recorded

-10.1ºC

Rainfall

Wettest month

June

Driest month

March

The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

200.3mm

Facilities

You'll need to bring your own drinking water.

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).

Prohibited

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

Jenolan Caves

Scientists from the CSIRO (Commonwealth Science and Industrial Resource Organisation) estimate that the limestone at the Jenolan Caves dates back at least 340 million years.

Katoomba

Katoomba is at the heart of most of the stunning natural attractions that make up the Blue Mountains National Park. You can admire deep valleys, sandstone plateaus, waterfalls and native animals from the many walking trails and lookouts near Katoomba.

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Lithgow

Hassans Walls Lookout, near Lithgow, is the highest in the Blue Mountains. Admire Mt Wilson, Mt York, Mt Tarana and Mt Blaxland as well as the pretty Hartley Valley below. To the south are the Kanimbla and Megalong valley and Mt Bindo. While there, go for a walk or ride around the lookout.

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Learn more

Kanangra Waterfall walk is in Kanangra-Boyd National Park. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

Action adventure

Morong Falls Trail, Kanangra-Boyd National Park. Photo: Nick Cubbin

Hardcore hiker? Mad for mountain biking? There's something for whatever level of adventure you desire. Fire trails that wind throughout the park can be explored by 4WD or bicycle. For those who are handy with a map and compass, there's plenty of opportunity for self-reliant bushwalking. There are also marked trails that take in the captivating landscape which are even suitable for the kids. You might even want to throw in a line at Kowmung River to see if you can hook a trout.

  • Boyd River loop Take the easy route to peaceful cycling on Boyd River loop, a 21km journey that follows fire trails and roads in Kanangra-Boyd National Park.
  • Kanangra-Boyd lookout You can see for miles at Kanangra-Boyd lookout, an easily accessible viewpoint overlooking Kanangra Walls and Mount Cloudmaker.
  • Mount Emperor loop A scenic 12.5km ride across the Boyd Plateau, Mount Emperor loop gives mountain bike riders the opportunity to explore some of the lesser-known corners Kanangra-Boyd National Park.

Amazing formations

Kanangra Boyd lookout, Kanangra Boyd National Park. Photo: Simoe Cottrell

You can see many unique formations in Kanangra-Boyd National Park, including Thurat Spires, Kanangra Walls, Mount Colong, and waterfall systems - Kalang, Kanangara and Morong. The park also features a series of karst landforms that can be explored by those with caving experience.

  • Kanangra Waterfall walk Kanangra Waterfall walk in Kanangra-Boyd National Park offers marvellous views of the cascading water at Kanangra and Kalang Falls.
  • Kanangra-Boyd lookout You can see for miles at Kanangra-Boyd lookout, an easily accessible viewpoint overlooking Kanangra Walls and Mount Cloudmaker.

Preserving nature for future generations

Kanangra Boyd National Park. Photo: Botanic Gardens Trust/Simone Cottrell

There was a time when Kanangra-Boyd was in danger from logging and the extraction of lime. That all changed after a five-year conservation effort resulted in it being declared part of Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area in 1972.

Wonderful wilderness

Mount Emporer loop, Kanangra-Boyd National Park. Photo: Nick Cubbin

High plateaus and sheltered slopes mean Kanangra-Boyd has a diverse range of plantlife, some of it unique to the national park. Heath and mallee dominate the areas exposed to wind and weather, while tall snow gum forests can also be found in the park. Look for the yellow Kanangra wattle that grows only on the rivers - it flowers from early spring to late winter. The wildlife population is extensive too. Keep your eyes peeled for red-necked wallabies, which thrive in this area. Honeyeaters, wrens and fruit-eating pigeons are just some of the 195 species of birds that can be spotted in the park on a daily basis.

  • Kanangra Waterfall walk Kanangra Waterfall walk in Kanangra-Boyd National Park offers marvellous views of the cascading water at Kanangra and Kalang Falls.
  • Kanangra-Boyd lookout You can see for miles at Kanangra-Boyd lookout, an easily accessible viewpoint overlooking Kanangra Walls and Mount Cloudmaker.

Education resources (1)

Waterfall Walk, Kanangra-Boyd National Park. Photo: M Jones/NSW Government