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Tree Fern Forest walking track

Gibraltar Range National Park

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Overview

Tree Fern Forest walking track is an iconic 9.2km loop walk through World Heritage-listed rainforest and dramatic heathlands in Gibraltar Range National Park, between Glen Innes and Grafton.

Where
Gibraltar Range National Park
Accessibility
No wheelchair access
Distance
9.2km loop
Time suggested
3 - 4hrs
Grade
Grade 3
Entry fees
Park entry fees apply
What to
bring
Drinking water, hat, sunscreen, suitable clothing
Please note

The optional side track to The Needles is an extra 3.5km return walk.

Popular with bushwalkers and families with older children, Tree Fern Forest walking track is an invigorating day walk and a great way to get a little taste of everything Gibraltar Range National Park has to offer.

Starting from Mulligans campground and picnic area, you’ll pass through verdant rainforest and emerge into the wonderful 60m high blue gum forest with its tree fern understory. Continuing on, you’ll then ascend into open eucalypt forests and heathlands, passing rocky outcrops and spectacular cascades, before meeting Little Dandahra Creek and following its winding waters and natural pools back to Mulligans campground.

To make a powerful connection with nature, make sure to engage all your senses as you walk. Take in the lush scent of the rainforest when you set off, followed by rich eucalypt and tea-tree as your make your way into the heathlands. And keep an eye out for some of the threatened species that call the park home, including the scarlet robin and rufous scrub-bird.

Summer walks are a particular highlight, as you can escape the heat and immerse yourself in the track’s mild temperature high altitudes and refreshingly cool rainforest.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

Nearby

  • Car park and picnic areas, Mulligans campground, Gibraltar Range National Park. Photo: D Hayden/OEH

    Mulligans campground and picnic area

    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.

  • Little Dandahra Creek walking track, Gilbraltar Range National Park. Photo: Rob Cleary

    Little Dandahra Creek walking track

    Little Dandahra Creek walking track, in Gibraltar Range National Park, offers scenic views along the trail as well as birdwatching and swimming opportunities.

  • View across wooded slope to the rock spires of The Needles. Photo: Leah Pippos © DPIE

    The Needles walking track

    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.

 

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Park info

  • 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.

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