Norfolk Falls walk

Coolah Tops National Park

Closed due to current alerts 

Overview

Norfolk Falls walk starts from Norfolk Falls picnic area, near Coolah. This short, steep walk ends at a lookout with stunning views of the largest waterfall in Coolah Tops National Park.

Where
Coolah Tops National Park
Accessibility
No wheelchair access
Distance
1.1km return
Time suggested
45min - 1hr
Grade
Grade 3
What to
bring
Drinking water, suitable clothing, sturdy shoes, first aid kit, hat, sunscreen, raincoat, snacks
Please note
  • Please take extreme care as some areas at the top of Norfolk Falls are unfenced.
  • Stay back from cliff edges at all times and ensure children are supervised.
  • Temperatures in Coolah Tops are about 5 degrees cooler than valleys below, bring appropriate clothing.

This 1.1km return walk is easily reached from Coolah, but will make you feel a million miles away.

Starting from Norfolk Falls picnic area, you’ll soon be surrounded by the peaceful sounds of the open forest with its rich birdlife. There are lots of steps as the track descends through the tall ribbon gums and grassy understorey, but there are plenty of places to rest along the way.

After around 20mins, you’ll reach Norfolk Falls lookout, perched atop the falls at the end of the track. The air fills with the sound of cascading water and you’ll be treated to stunning views of Norfolk Island Creek plunging 35m down black basalt cliffs into a natural pool.

The best spot to drink in the impressive views and take photos is the fenced lookout platform.

This area is brimming with wildlife. Look for bearded dragons sunning themselves on rocks, and crimson rosellas or red wattlebirds in the trees. You may even see a wedge tailed eagle. Keep an eye out for the wombat hole beside the track.

If you’re hungry for more, continue 1.4km along the track to Bald Hill Creek waterfall, then set up camp for the night at nearby Cox’s Creek or The Pines campground.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

Also see

  • At Norfolk Falls, water cascades over a steep rocky cliff set in bushland.  Photo: Nick Cubbin/DPIE

    Norfolk Falls picnic area

    Norfolk Falls picnic area is in Coolah Tops National Park near The Barracks and Coxs Creek campgrounds. It’s a lovely rest stop when exploring the park’s beautiful waterfalls, walks and lookouts.

  • Norfolk Island Creek cascades down a rocky cliff at Norfolk Falls lookout. Photo: Michael Sharp © Michael Sharp

    Norfolk Falls lookout

    Norfolk Falls lookout is located at the end of Norfolk Falls walk, in Coolah Tops National Park. It’s a great spot to view the cascading waterfall along Norfolk Island Creek, plunging 35m into a pool.

  • View over to Bald Hills waterfall, which tumbles over basalt rock formations, Coolah Tops National Park. Photo: Nicola Brookhouse © DPIE

    Bald Hill Creek Falls picnic area

    Bald Hill Creek Falls picnic area is in Coolah Tops National Park, near The Pines campground. It’s a great stop on the walk to Bald Hill waterfall, which cascades over basalt rock formations.

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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/norfolk-falls-walk/local-alerts

General enquiries

Park info

  • in Coolah Tops National Park in the Country NSW region
  • Coolah Tops National Park is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather, fire danger or management operations. The eastern end of the park is regularly closed during wet weather due to slippery road conditions.

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Norfolk Falls walk.

Track grading

Grade 3

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

    45min - 1hr

  • Quality of markings

    Clearly sign posted

  • Gradient

    Short steep hills

  • Distance

    1.1km return

  • Steps

    Many steps

  • Quality of path

    Formed track

  • Experience required

    No experience required

Getting there and parking

Norfolk Falls walk is in the western area of Coolah Tops National Park. To get there from Coolah:

  • Take Coolah Creek Road towards Coolah Tops National Park
  • After around 19km turn right onto The Forest Road and follow the unsealed road 11km to the park entrance
  • Continue along The Forest Road another 3km then turn right on to Norfolk Falls Road
  • Drive 1km to Norfolk Falls picnic area, where this walk starts.

Road quality

  • Unsealed roads

Vehicle access

  • Most roads suitable for 2WD vehicles

Parking

Parking is available at Norfolk Falls picnic area, where this walk starts.

Facilities

Picnic tables, wood barbecues and non-flush toilet facilities are available at Norfolk Falls picnic area.

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 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).

Accessibility

Disability access level - no wheelchair access

Permitted

Camp fires and solid fuel burners

Permitted at the picnic area outside a park fire ban or total fire ban periods.

Gathering firewood

You can collect firewood that is lying on the ground.

Generators

Generators are permitted at Norfolk Falls picnic area only.

Prohibited

Camping

Cycling

Horses

Pets

Pets and domestic animals (other than certified assistance animals) are not permitted. Find out which regional parks allow dogs and see the pets in parks policy for more information.

Smoking

NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

Learn more

Norfolk Falls walk is in Coolah Tops National Park. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

Get active in the bush

Brackens Cottage in Coolah Tops National Park. Photo: Nick Cubbin

Pack your hiking boots and your mountain bike and be ready to get active in the bush at Coolah Tops. There are plenty of great walking tracks and trails to experience the bush on your bike. Make your way to lookouts like Shepherd's Peak or Breeza lookout for spectacular views to the north over the Liverpool Plains and the sheer escarpment. You'll also find several waterfalls along the escarpment where the creeks plunge over the plateau edge.

Wildlife haven

Eastern grey kangaroos (Macropus giganteus) on top of Bundella lookout, Coolah Tops National Park. Photo: Barry Collier

Looking out across the beautiful landscape of Coolah Tops National Park, it's obvious why you'll find so much wildlife here. Wander quietly along one of the walking tracks and you'll probably have a close encounter with red-necked wallabies and eastern grey kangaroos. You might also find a wombat waddling through the campground. Coolah Tops has some of the highest population densities of greater gliders in Australia. At night, keep your torch handy to see greater gliders, ring-tailed possums and possibly feather-tailed gliders or a sugar glider in the nearby trees.

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