Tuross Falls walking track

Wadbilliga National Park

Closed due to current alerts 

Overview

Turross Falls walking track is a medium difficulty 4km bushwalk at Wadbilliga National Park featuring scenic views, waterfalls, picnicking opportunities and birdwatching.

Where
Wadbilliga National Park
Distance
4km return
Time suggested
1hr 30min - 2hrs 30min
Grade
Grade 4
What to
bring
Sunscreen, hat, drinking water
Please note
  • There is no mobile reception at the Cascades precinct and very limited mobile reception in this park
  • The weather in this area can be extreme and unpredictable, so please ensure you’re well-prepared for your visit.
  • Remember to take your binoculars if you want to bird watch
  • For more information please contact the Bombala office on (02) 6458 5900 between 9am and 12.30pm Monday to Friday.

If you’ve got a half-day to while away in Wadbilliga National Park, making the journey along the Tuross Falls walking track is highly recommended. This medium-difficulty, 4km return bushwalking track will reward your efforts with amazing views and wildlife.

At the viewing platform at the end of the walk, you can enjoy incredible panoramic views out over the park where the Tuross Falls tumbles dramatically down rocky outcrops into the gorge.

The area is also famous for its greater glider population. If you’re lucky, you might also spy the spotted-tail quoll in this area. Birdwatchers should be sure to bring their binoculars, as there is a huge diversity of birdlife here, with over 122 native species being sighted in the area.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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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/tuross-falls-walking-track/local-alerts

General enquiries

Park info

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Tuross Falls walking track.

Track grading

Grade 4

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

    1hr 30min - 2hrs 30min

  • Quality of markings

    Sign posted

  • Gradient

    Short steep hills

  • Distance

    4km return

  • Steps

    Occasional steps

  • Quality of path

    Rough track, many obstacles

  • Experience required

    Some bushwalking experience recommended

Getting there and parking

Get driving directions

Get directions

    Tuross Falls walking track is in the Cascades precinct of Wadbilliga National Park. To get there from Canberra:

    • Head south towards Cooma on the Monaro Highway. Exit just north of Cooma, turning left onto Polo Flat Rd and then left again after crossing the train line onto the Numeralla Rd.
    • Follow this for about 40 minutes, then turn right onto Badja forest Rd, which turns into a dirt road immediately after the turn off.
    • From here, follow the signs to the Cascades by turning right onto Peters Rd and then right onto Tuross Falls Rd.
    • Follow Tuross Falls Rd to the end, where you will find a parking area.

    Park entry points

    Road quality

    Check the weather before you set out as the road to the Cascades Precinct can become boggy when it rains.

    Parking

    Parking is available on Main Road, a short walk from the walking track.

    Best times to visit

    There are lots of great things waiting for you in Wadbilliga National Park. Here are some of the highlights.

    Autumn

    Walk to Tuross River Falls now that the days are getting a bit cooler. Or, follow one of the many unsealed roads through Wadbilliga on a mountain bike.

    Spring

    Walk to Turross River Falls for a great half-day adventure. Or, take a back-country hike to Wadbilliga Trig.

    Summer

    Lilo and swim in the many gorgeous pools at the cascades. Camp at the Cascades and watch for greater gliders at night.

    Weather, temperature and rainfall

    Summer temperature

    Average

    8°C and 23°C

    Highest recorded

    38.3°C

    Winter temperature

    Average

    -3°C and 10°C

    Lowest recorded

    -10.5°C

    Rainfall

    Wettest month

    December

    Driest month

    August

    The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

    256mm

    Facilities

    • There is limited water available in this area, so it’s a good idea to bring your own.
    • Firewood is not supplied and may not be collected from the park
    • You are encouraged to bring gas or fuel stoves, especially in summer during the fire season.

    Maps and downloads

    Safety messages

    Bushwalking safety

    If you’re bushwalking in this park, it’s a good idea to bring a topographic map, compass and GPS.

    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).

    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.

    Permitted

    Fishing

    Fishing from a boat, the beach or by the river is a popular activity for many national park visitors. If you’re planning a day out fishing, check out these fishing safety tips.

    Prohibited

    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

    Tuross Falls walking track is in Wadbilliga National Park. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

    A botanist's wonderland

    Rocky creek, Wadbilliga National Park. Photo: L Morrell/OEH

    Wadbilliga has many impressive examples of open forest, woodland, heath, swamp, bogs and numerous pockets of rainforest. There are some rare species of eucalypt and acacia that do not occur anywhere else. In the Wadbilliga Valley, yellow box and forest red gum can be seen, while on the ridge tops tower large stands of silvertop ash with snow gums at high altitudes. The Wadbilliga Plateau also has dwarf she-oaks and rare stunted mallee eucalypts.

    A glimpse of gold mining history

    Cascades, Wadbilliga National Park. Photo: Lucas Boyd

    The surrounding area has a variety of artefacts, structures and features that hark back to gold and silver mining eras, as well as the early forestry history of the local area. Today, visitors can still view various mining remains that are evidence of once arduous searches for gold and other precious materials.

    A natural animal sanctuary

    Epacris impressa, Wadbilliga National Park. Photo: Steve Douglas

    Due to the rugged and isolated nature of the park, animal populations here have remained relatively undisturbed. Many of the park's animals are large marsupials such as swamp wallabies, eastern grey kangaroos and wombats. There are also possums, platypuses and echidnas and one of the biggest greater glider populations in all of Australia. The birdlife is varied too, with over 120 native species. Lyrebirds are common as are many colourful and tuneful bush birds.

    • Cascades walking track and viewing platform Cascades walking track takes you to a viewing platform with scenic views of the spectacular Tuross River, which cascades into a refreshing pool that’s ideal for a summer swim.
    • Tuross Falls walking track Turross Falls walking track is a medium difficulty 4km bushwalk at Wadbilliga National Park featuring scenic views, waterfalls, picnicking opportunities and birdwatching.

    Aboriginal cultural heritage

    Tuross Falls walking track, Wadbilliga National Park. Photo: Lucas Boyd

    The Yuin people consider Wadbilliga National Park a sacred place and many sites in the park are strongly associated with Dreamtime stories. The dissected, rugged escarpment contains a network of bridle tracks that follow both high country and river courses, which Aboriginal people originally used. The bridle tracks are also the most tangible historical link with the first Europeans in the area and were used for transporting produce and moving stock from one location to another. The park is abundant in traditional foods and medicines.

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