Horton Falls National Park
Visit Horton Falls National Park, tucked away on the eastern foothills of the Nandewar Range. About 40mins from Barraba, you’ll be treated to spectacular waterfall and rugged cliff views.
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A great daytrip from Tamworth, Horton Falls National Park protects the headwaters of the Gwydir River. It’s divided by the tranquil Horton River, characterised by pools, cascades, gorges and the dramatic Horton Falls that drop 83m.
Your best chance to view these majestic falls is spring through to autumn, when the weather is warmer and the river is flowing after local rainfall. It’s also a great time to see vibrant wildflower displays of native bluebells and guinea flowers.
If you’re a keen photographer, make the short 100m stroll to Horton Falls lookout. Here, you can capture the perfect shot of the Horton River cascading into the deep valley below. If the sight of all this water makes you keen for a cool, refreshing dip, take a scenic 250m walk to the magical Upper Falls, where water cascades over small rocky cliffs into a delightful swimming hole.
Keep your eyes peeled for the many bird species that reside here. You might spot turquoise parrots feeding on grasses or eastern yellow robins sitting on low branches in the woodlands. At the end of an action-packed day, hunker down at the rustic Horton Falls campground.
For the latest updates on fires, closures and other alerts in this area, see https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/visit-a-park/parks/horton-falls-national-park/local-alerts
- in the Country NSW region
Horton Falls National Park is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.
02 6792 7300
Contact hours: Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 4.30pm.
- Level 1, 100 Maitland Street, Narrabri NSW 2390. Accessible via Dewhurst Street.
- Narrabri office
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Horton Falls National Park is a special place. Here are just some of the reasons why:
Plants and animals protected in this park
Yellow-tailed black cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus funereus)
The yellow-tailed black cockatoo is one of the largest species of parrot. With dusty-black plumage, they have a yellow tail and cheek patch. They’re easily spotted while bird watching, as they feed on seeds in native forests and pine plantations.
Common brushtail possum (Trichosurus vulpecula)
One of the most widespread of Australian tree-dwelling marsupials, the common brushtail possum is found across most of NSW in woodlands, rainforests and urban areas. With strong claws, a prehensile tail and opposable digits, these native Australian animals are well-adapted for life amongst the trees.
Common ringtail possum (Pseudocheirus peregrinus)
Commonly found in forests, woodlands and leafy gardens across eastern NSW, the Australian ringtail possum is a tree-dwelling marsupial. With a powerful tail perfectly adapted to grasp objects, it forages in trees for eucalypt leaves, flowers and fruit.
Kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae)
Of the 2 species of kookaburra found in Australia, the laughing kookaburra is the best-known and the largest of the native kingfishers. With its distinctive riotous call, the laughing kookaburra is commonly heard in open woodlands and forests throughout NSW national parks, making these ideal spots for bird watching.
Regent honeyeater (Anthochaera phrygia)
The regent honeyeater is a critically endangered native bird. Once widespread across south-eastern Australia, only around 250 to 350 birds remain in the wild, making it at risk of extinction.
Short-beaked echidna (Tachyglossus aculeatus)
One of only 2 egg-laying mammals in the world, the short-beaked echidna is one of the most widespread of Australian native animals. Covered in spines, or quills, they’re equipped with a keen sense of smell and a tube-like snout which they use to break apart termite mounds in search of ants.
Sugar glider (Petaurus breviceps)
The sugar glider is a tree-dwelling Australian native marsupial, found in tall eucalypt forests and woodlands along eastern NSW. The nocturnal sugar glider feeds on insects and birds, and satisfies its sweet tooth with nectar and pollens.
Wedge-tailed eagle (Aquila audax)
With a wingspan of up to 2.5m, the wedge-tailed eagle is Australia’s largest bird of prey. These Australian animals are found in woodlands across NSW, and have the ability to soar to heights of over 2km. If you’re bird watching, look out for the distinctive diamond-shaped tail of the eagle.
Grass tree (Xanthorrea spp.)
An iconic part of the Australian landscape, the grass tree is widespread across eastern NSW. These Australian native plants have a thick fire-blackened trunk and long spiked leaves. They are found in heath and open forests across eastern NSW. The grass tree grows 1-5m in height and produces striking white-flowered spikes which grow up to 1m long.
Wonga wonga vine (Pandorea pandorana)
The wonga wonga vine is a widespread vigorous climber usually found along eastern Australia. A variation of the plant occurs in the central desert, where it resembles a sprawling shrub. One of the more common Australian native plants, the wonga wonga vine produces bell-shaped white or yellow flowers in the spring, followed by a large oblong-shaped seed pod.
Mulga (Acacia aneura)
Mulga are hardy Australian native plants found throughout inland Australia. With an unusually long tap root, the mulga is able to withstand long periods of drought.
Environments in this park
What we're doing
Horton Falls National Park has management strategies in place to protect and conserve the values of this park. Visit the OEH website for detailed park and fire management documents.