The Drip walking track

Goulburn River National Park

Overview

The Drip walking track, in Goulburn River State Conservation Area, meanders beside Goulburn River to The Drip, or 'the Great Dripping Wall’. Rain water trickling through the porous rock wall makes it a cool oasis.

Where
Goulburn River National Park
Distance
2.8km return
Time suggested
1hr - 1hr 30min
Grade
Grade 3
Price
Free
What to
bring
Hat, sunscreen, snacks, drinking water, sturdy shoes, suitable clothing
Please note
  • There are some steps, handrails, uneven rocks and creek crossings along this track. It’s a good idea to wear long pants and enclosed shoes.  
  • You can visit The Drip during the day. If you’re camping, try Spring Gully or Big River campgrounds which are a 1 hour drive from The Drip, towards Wollar.
  • No fires or camping are permitted at The Drip.

The Drip Gorge is a significant place for the local Wiradjuri People. The best time to experience it is after a few days of rain, when you’ll see the sandstone walls dripping clear spring water. During a hot summer you’ll love its natural air-conditioning. It can be 10 to 15° cooler than the surrounding region on a hot day. It usually has a light fall of rain from water percolating through the rock.

This return track starts and ends at the carpark. Pack a picnic then take off on a bushwalk. If you’re not feeling energetic, rest in the shade on a seat along the track or dip your feet in the quiet rockpools.

The abundant plant life along the track adds to the beauty of The Drip. See if you can spot native apple gums, tree violets (named for their scent) and rocky outcrops with orchids and moss. After your walk, splash around in the Goulburn River or stop off at Hands on the Rock, an important Aboriginal rock art site at Ulan. It’s only 2km north of the Drip and well worth a visit.

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/the-drip-walking-track/local-alerts

Park info

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Visitor info

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

Track grading

Grade 3

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

    1hr - 1hr 30min

  • Quality of markings

    Clearly sign posted

  • Gradient

    Short steep hills

  • Distance

    2.8km return

  • Steps

    Occasional steps

  • Quality of path

    Formed track

  • Experience required

    No experience required

Getting there and parking

The Drip is in Goulburn River State Conservation Area, on the extreme western boundary of Goulburn River National Park. To get there from Mudgee:

  • Drive around 50km north from Mudgee on Ulan-Cassilis Road.
  • Pass by the Ulan and Moolarben coal mines and drive for another 10km.
  • Look for the turn-off sign for The Drip, just north of the Ulan mine precinct towards the Golden Highway.

Weather restrictions

  • All weather

Parking

Parking is off Ulan-Cassilis Road. Limited parking is available. Spaces for caravans and small buses are available. Not suitable for large coaches.

Facilities

  • These facilities are available at the carpark only.
  • There’s seating along the track if you want to stop and rest.
  • Drinking water is not available. It's a good idea to bring your own drinking water. 

Toilets

  • Non-flush toilets

Picnic tables

Maps and downloads

Safety messages

  • Day visits are recommended as there is no lighting on the track.
  • Ulan-Cassilis Road has a 100km/hr speed limit. Take care when entering and exiting the carpark onto the road.

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.

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.

The water level at The Drip and the Goulburn River can rise or fall without warning. Please supervise children closely near the water.

Accessibility

The Drip walking track is not wheelchair-accessible. The carpark and picnic area are wheelchair-accessible.  
 

Prohibited

Camp fires and solid fuel burners

Camping

Pets

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

Smoking

NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

Learn more

The Drip walking track is in Goulburn River National Park. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

Aboriginal echoes

Views over the valley, Goulburn River National. Photo: Shane Ruming

For many thousands of years before European settlement, the river valley that runs through Goulburn River National Park was an important trading route between the Aboriginal people who resided on the coast, and those who lived on the western plains. The area was traditionally occupied by the people of the Wiradjuri, Gamileroi and Wonnarua Clans, and today more than 300 known Aboriginal sites remain within the park, mainly along the river.

  • The Drip walking track The Drip walking track, in Goulburn River State Conservation Area, meanders beside Goulburn River to The Drip, or 'the Great Dripping Wall’. Rain water trickling through the porous rock wall makes it a cool oasis.

Action aplenty

Camping in Goulburn River National Park. Photo: OEH

Along the Goulburn River, there are plenty of outdoor pursuits to keep you busy. The river is home to lots of natural pools that are suitable for swimming. After rain, the gentle flow of the river makes canoeing and liloing possible. There are lots of walking opportunities in Goulburn River National Park, like Lees Pinch lookout track and old logging trails that are excellent for exploring on foot or on a mountain bike.

  • Spring Gully drive The picturesque Spring Gully drive takes you through lush forest. At Spring Gully campground, you can enjoy a swim, fishing and birdwatching.

Forest landscape

Lees Pinch lookout, Goulburn River National Park. Photo: Nick Cubbin

The park, covering over 70,000ha, was established in 1983 following the decision that the land was precious, both environmentally and culturally, especially for the traditional Aboriginal owners. Visiting the park today, you'll admire the sheer magnificence of Goulburn River National Park, due to its preservation as a forest landscape, much of which is surrounded by pastoral land.

  • Big River drive Big River drive leads to Big River campground in Goulburn River National Park. Get in your car for fishing, swimming and camping.
  • Spring Gully drive The picturesque Spring Gully drive takes you through lush forest. At Spring Gully campground, you can enjoy a swim, fishing and birdwatching.
  • The Drip walking track The Drip walking track, in Goulburn River State Conservation Area, meanders beside Goulburn River to The Drip, or 'the Great Dripping Wall’. Rain water trickling through the porous rock wall makes it a cool oasis.

Wild about the park

Views from Lees Pinch lookout, Goulburn River National Park. Photo: OEH

With its location along the river, surrounded by rural holdings, Goulburn River is rich in plant and wildlife. Kangaroos, wallabies and wallaroos are often seen grazing on the riverbanks. A rich variety of plant life - eucalypts, river oak, grevilleas and callistemon (more commonly called bottlebrush) - provides habitats for many birds, including glossy black cockatoos and lyrebirds.

  • Big River drive Big River drive leads to Big River campground in Goulburn River National Park. Get in your car for fishing, swimming and camping.
  • Spring Gully drive The picturesque Spring Gully drive takes you through lush forest. At Spring Gully campground, you can enjoy a swim, fishing and birdwatching.

Education resources (1)

Spring Gully campground, Goulburn River National Park. Photo: Nick Cubbin/NSW Government