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Tommys Rock lookout and walking track

Mann River Nature Reserve

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Tommys Rock lookout and walking track.

Track grading

Grade 5

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  • Time

    3hrs 30min - 4hrs 30min

  • Quality of markings

    No directional signage

  • Gradient

    Short steep hills

  • Distance

    8km return

  • Steps

    No steps

  • Quality of path

    Formed track, some obstacles

  • Experience required

    Some bushwalking experience recommended

Getting there and parking

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    Tommys Rock lookout and walking track is in Mann River Nature Reserve. To get there:

    • Drive west of Grafton along Gwydir Highway for 125km or east from Glen Innes for 37km
    • Take the unsealed Old Grafton Road and drive for approximately 2km before descending 14km on sealed road to the base of Big Hill
    • Driving past Mann River campground continue along Old Grafton Road for about 6km
    • Park at the bottom of the track if you intend to take the steep 9km round trip, alternatively drive 4.5km to the lookout carpark.

    Road quality

    Check the weather before you set out as the road to Tommys Rock lookout can become boggy when it rains.


    Parking is available at Tommy’s lookout carpark or along the road near the start of the walking track.

    Best times to visit

    There are lots of great things waiting for you in Mann River Nature Reserve. Here are some of the highlights.


    A great time for bushwalking, birdwatching and photography.


    A great time for birdwatching and bushwalking.


    Enjoy fishing and swimming the majestic Mann River.


    Winter is best for crisp, clear skies and excellent stargazing.

    Weather, temperature and rainfall

    Summer temperature


    12°C and 25°C

    Highest recorded


    Winter temperature


    0.7°C and 14°C

    Lowest recorded



    Wettest month


    Driest month


    The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day



    • Drinking water is limited or not available in this area, so it’s a good idea to bring your own.
    • You’re encouraged to bring gas or fuel stoves, especially in summer during the fire season.

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    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.

    This park or attraction is in a remote location, so please ensure you’re well-prepared, bring appropriate clothing and equipment and advise a family member or friend of your travel plans.

    The walking opportunities in this park are suitable for experienced bushwalkers who are comfortable undertaking self-reliant hiking

    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).



    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.


    NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

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