The Needles walking track
Gibraltar Range National Park
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.
- Gibraltar Range National Park in North Coast, Country NSW
- No wheelchair access
- 6km return
- Time suggested
- 2 - 3hrs
- Grade 3
- Entry fees
- Park entry fees apply
- What to
- Drinking water, sturdy shoes, suitable clothing, first aid kit, hat, sunscreen, snacks
- Please note
Allow an additional 3hrs if you plan to combine The Needles walking track with the Tree Fern Forest walk to loop back to Mulligans campground. Approx 12km combined walk.
Follow signs from the picnic area to the historic Mulligans Hut, about 50m, where the walk begins. Keep an eye out for resident wallabies around the hut, before crossing Little Dandahra Creek near one of the weirs built by Bill Mulligan in the 1920s.
Immerse yourself in sights and sounds of the open blackbutt forest, with its undergrowth of banksias and grass trees. At the junction with Pidcocks trail follow The Needles walking track to the right. As you climb higher, the landscape changes to dense rainforest.
The lookout at the end of the track is the perfect place to rest and soak up stunning views of The Needles. Here 6 granite columns, each about 80m high, tower over the deep, steep-sided valley below. You may even see wedge-tailed eagles riding the thermals above the ridge.
On your way back down, cool off with a refreshing dip in the creek near the hut. If you’re feeling energetic, why not try Tree Fern Forest walk through majestic fern trees, grass trees and rock formations.
Visit in spring, when the landscape comes alive with blossoms including the Gibraltar Range waratah, the queen of all NSW wildflowers.
A popular starting point for the Gibraltar-Washpool World Heritage walk, Mulligans campground and picnic area has an idyllic creek for swimming and lush picnic spots with barbecues.
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.
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- National Parks Contact Centre
- 7am to 7pm daily
- 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS) for the cost of a local call within Australia excluding mobiles
- Glen Innes office
- Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 4.30pm.
- 02 6739 0700
- 68 Church Street, Glen Innes NSW 2370
- in Gibraltar Range National Park in the North Coast and Country NSW regions
Gibraltar Range National Park is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather, road damage, or high fire danger.
Park entry fees:
$8 per vehicle per day. The park uses a self-registration fee collection system. Please bring the correct change and display your receipt.Buy annual pass