Dandahra Falls and Murrumbooee Cascades in Gibraltar National Park

Dandahra Falls and Murrumbooee Cascades in Gibraltar National Park


Posted 2024-04-16 by Cris follow
The Dandahra Falls walking track
The Dandahra Falls walking track is renowned among bushwalkers as a challenging and rewarding adventure. The length is approximately 6 kilometres return, taking hikers through a diverse landscape of dense forests, rough terrains and scenic lookouts over a splendid waterfall. Allow about 3.5 hours. The track's difficulty level is classified as advanced, requiring a good level of fitness, agility and experience in bushwalking. The trail starts at Mulligan's Hat, near Mulligan's campground. To enter Gibraltar National Park by car it's necessary to pay a fee. For the different passes in the national park, please refer to the official website of Gibraltar National Park.

Dandahra Falls in Gibraltar National Park.

The trek begins with the enjoyable and diverse Murrumbooee walk, which offers a pleasant and easy route. When you arrive at the intersection make sure to follow the trail to Dandahra Falls. As you progress, the trail transitions into a more demanding track, presenting you with challenges along the way.

The group Hiking South East Qld at Lyrebird Rock. Here the trail penetrates in dense vegetation and on rugged terrains.

A landmark along the trail is Lyrebird Rock. Here the trail penetrates in the deep forest. The terrains become rugged and require careful navigation, including a demanding scramble over difficult sections. However, your efforts will be rewarded as you eventually descend to a natural viewing area. This vantage point provides a picturesque setting where you can appreciate the beauty of the surroundings and take in the awe-inspiring sights before you. Dandahra Falls itself is the highlight of the track, boasting a cascading drop that creates a mesmerizing spectacle.

Dandahra Falls is a beautiful waterfall in the wilderness of the Gondwana Rainforest.

While it requires experience as a bushwalker, the effort invested in this adventure is well worth it. The highlight of the trail is the magnificent sight of Little Dandahra Creek cascading off a cliff. As you navigate through the trail, you'll encounter varied terrains and potentially encounter some difficult sections that demand careful scrambling and manoeuvring.

The Dandahra Falls walking track is a true gem for fit and experienced bushwalkers seeking a challenging and rewarding adventure. It offers a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the splendour of the World Heritage Gondwana surroundings, witness awe-inspiring waterfalls, and create memories that will last a lifetime.

The trail runs in the forest and in many sections is not well defined and marked.

Some challenges in finding the route
Once we arrived at Lyrebird Rock on the trail, we had issues finding the continuation of the trail. The trail was marked with orange triangles, but the first triangle was very high on a tree and covered by vegetation. One of the hikers of the group had previously downloaded the New South Wales Park application and we were able to follow the trail thanks to the app. Then the trail became clearer, and signs were easier to spot, still a challenging hike in difficult terrain.

It's not uncommon for trails in remote or less frequently trodden areas to have challenges in terms of trail maintenance and signage. The fact that the trail is kept wild adds to its rugged and adventurous appeal, but it also means that hikers need to exercise caution and be extra vigilant in following the markers.

Finding the trail markers, particularly when they are high on trees and obscured by vegetation, can indeed be a challenge. It's important to use all available resources, such as maps, GPS devices, and smartphone applications, to ensure you stay on the correct path. Relying on the New South Wales Park app was a smart move, and it's a valuable tool for hikers to have when exploring national parks in the area.

It's worth noting that trails in wilder and less maintained areas may require a higher degree of self-reliance and navigation skills. The ruggedness and challenging terrain add to the allure of the hike but also require careful consideration of personal abilities and preparation.

Despite the challenges we faced, we embraced the adventure and successfully completed the hike. The wild and untamed nature of the trail rewarded the hiking group with unforgettable experiences and a deeper connection to the natural surroundings.

An interesting red fungus in the forest.

Safety when hiking
To fully appreciate the track and its surroundings, it's recommended to allocate a full day for the adventure. This allows ample time for breaks, photography, and immersing yourself in the natural beauty at a leisurely pace. However, it's important to note that the duration may vary depending on individual fitness levels and the time spent exploring along the way.

For safety purposes, it's advisable to hike in a group or inform someone of your plans, particularly if you're embarking on the track solo. Carry a map or GPS device and familiarize yourself with the route before setting off. It's also essential to check weather conditions beforehand and be prepared for changes in weather, as the track can become slippery and hazardous during wet conditions.

Remember to adhere to the principles of Leave No Trace and respect the natural environment. Take all rubbish with you, avoid damaging vegetation or disturbing wildlife, and stay on designated trails to minimize your impact.

Viola hederacea, “Native Violet”, is a common flower easy to see in the understorey of the forest.

Hiking in group.
All the group managed to finish the challenging hike. The Dandahra Falls walking track is known for its impressive waterfalls and stunning views, making it a memorable experience for more expert bushwalkers. There was a sense of accomplishment and the breathtaking moments the hikers of the group shared along the way.

The hikers of the group Hiking South East Qld shared their enthusiasm and the experience when actively exploring the beautiful locations such as Gibraltar Range National Park. The group’s passion for hiking and appreciation for nature undoubtedly contributes to the preservation and awareness of these remarkable areas.

The group Hiking South East Qld on the trail to Dandahra Falls.

Mulligan's campground
Mulligan's campground is a fantastic base for exploring Gibraltar Range National Park and enjoying the natural wonders it has to offer. Dandahra Falls and Murrumbooee Cascades trails start right at Mulligan’s campground.

Camping at Mulligan's campground provides the opportunity to fully immerse yourself in the beauty of the park and enjoy its tranquil atmosphere. The campground offers essential facilities such as toilets, cold showers, picnic areas, and fire pits, allowing you to relax and recharge after a day of hiking.

Starting your hikes from Mulligan's campground allows you to conveniently access the Dandahra Falls and Murrumbooee Cascades walking tracks. The trail's proximity to the campground enables you to make the most of your time and maximize your exploration of the park. It's a great advantage to have such easy access to this challenging and rewarding adventure.

Mulligan's campground has 20 sites, suitable for tents, camper trailers and caravans; the sites are big enough to accommodate your car.

(Photo from https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/camping-and-accommodation/campgrounds/mulligans-campground-and-picnic-area )

Murrumbooee Cascades walking track
The Murrumbooee Cascades walking track, located within the breathtaking Gibraltar Range National Park, offers outdoor enthusiasts a delightful hiking experience complete with stunning natural beauty. This picturesque trail leads visitors to a mesmerizing pool, surrounded by lush greenery and an abundance of flora. The trail provides a scenic place, making it an ideal spot for birdwatching and capturing memorable photographs.

Murrumbooee Cascades walking track is about 6 km return, allow 2.5 hours. A certain amount of fitness is required to complete the hike. The trail starts at Mulligan's hat, near Mulligan's campground.

Some fungi on a tree along the trail.

As you embark on this adventure, prepare to immerse yourself in the wonders of nature. The trail winds through a diverse landscape, showcasing the park's rich biodiversity. Along the way, you may encounter a variety of native flora and fauna, including vibrant wildflowers, towering eucalyptus trees, and curious bird species.

Creek along the trail.

Upon reaching the Murrumbooee Cascades, you'll be rewarded with a truly enchanting sight. The clear pool formed at the base invites you to take a refreshing dip, offering a welcome respite on a warm day. The pool's pristine surroundings and inviting waters make it an idyllic spot for a picnic or some peaceful contemplation.

The graceful flowers of Alpine boronia along the trail.

Whether you are an avid hiker, nature lover, or simply seeking a serene escape, the Murrumbooee Cascades walking track promises an unforgettable adventure. So, lace up your hiking boots, grab your binoculars, and prepare to be enthralled by the awe-inspiring beauty of this hidden gem within Gibraltar Range National Park.

The pool is very enchanting.

Alpine boronia
Alpine boronia, a captivating flowering plant belonging to the citrus family, Rutaceae, graces the southeastern regions of Australia with its presence. Walking on the trail of Gibraltar National Park you can encounter native bushes bearing exquisite flowers. With its elegant stature, adorned with pinnate leaves and delicate, four-petalled flowers ranging from snowy white to vibrant pink, this shrub stands tall amidst the enchanting landscapes it calls home.

Thriving in sandy soil over granite, it flourishes in heath and forest habitats, particularly at higher altitudes. From the majestic Gibraltar Range in New South Wales to the picturesque Mount Buffalo, Mount Hotham, and the Nunniong Plateau in Victoria, alpine boronia adds a touch of natural elegance to these scenic places.

Boronia algida is commonly known as alpine boronia, is a flowering plant in the citrus family, The beautiful small flowers are white to bright pink, with four petals.

Dandahra Falls and Murrumbooee Trails run in the Gondwana Rainforest
The Dandahra Falls and Murrumbooee walking trails take you on a journey through the enchanting realm of a rainforest canopy. As you embark on these trails, you'll find yourself immersed in the lush greenery and vibrant biodiversity that characterizes rainforest environments. The dense canopy above provides a natural shade, creating a cool and refreshing atmosphere as you traverse the path. The trail winds its way through the verdant foliage, allowing you to appreciate the unique sights, sounds, and scents of the rainforest. This immersive experience in nature's embrace adds an extra layer of beauty and tranquillity to your trek along the walking trails.

Bright orange fungi resembling corals adorn the forest floor, captivating with their vibrant hues and intricate structures.

Throughout the journey, be prepared to encounter a rich array of flora and fauna. Gibraltar Range National Park is home to an abundance of native plants, including eucalyptus trees, ferns, and vibrant wildflowers.

Many tiny little flowers from the trees form a carpet of natural wonders.


All the photos are by the Author, except the ones already referenced.

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