The Way Less Travelled…

Experience the world on foot. Walking helps you slow down, connect with the earth and become rejuvenated. Relax as you experience the panoramic lookouts, the waterfalls and the many different environments with their special plants, birds and animals. These walks are just a small sample of the variety of walks along the Waterfall Way.
Bundageree Rainforest walk, Bongil Bongil National Park. Easy – 6km return.
Access; From Pacific Highway, 6km north of Urunga. Follow Tuckers Rock Road to car park at end. This easy walk follows a track through remnant rainforest parallel to the coast. The rainforest here has adapted to the sandy soil and salt winds. You’ll see banksias, tea-trees, strangler figs and eucalypts. Look up in the trees for elkhorn ferns and orchids. Flycatchers, honeyeaters, whipbirds and bowerbirds are often heard and sometimes seen as they flit between the trees. The track emerges from the shade into bright sunlight at Bundagen Headland where the tea-coloured waters of Bundageree Creek flow into the sea. On the beach, you may find shells, coral and cuttlefish bones washed up on the sand. Explore the miniature worlds of the rock pools and look out for pied cormorants and sooty oystercatchers perching on the rocks. You can return the way you came or walk back to the car park along the beach.

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Waterfall Way Woolgoolga Waterfall walk, Sherwood Nature Reserve. Easy – 2.8km return. Picnic tables and toilet at car park.
Access; From Pacific Highway turn west at Woolgoolga roundabout along Pullen Street and Creek Road for 3km to left hand turn to Sherwood Nature Reserve.

A rare remnant of old growth subtropical rainforest in the region. This area was logged for cedar and only small areas of rainforest remain. The walk is shady and mainly flat. After rain there may be water over several creek crossings. The rainforest plants include yellow carabeen with its buttressed trunk, red cedar and coachwood. There are many bird’s nest and elkhorn ferns high in the trees, and vines which wrap around trunks and loop from branches. It’s a popular place for birdwatchers and the picnic area is a good spot to see goannas attracted by the barbeques.
The walk leads to a bridge over the creek and up steps to see the small waterfall which runs after rain.

Flying-fox walk, Bellingen.

Easy – 1-2km circuit.

Access; Through the old Bellingen caravan park, Hammond Street to Bellingen Island.

Hundreds, and sometimes thousands, of grey-headed flying-foxes make Bellingen Island their home. Walk quietly through Bellingen Island along the marked paths and look up to see the bats roosting in the trees during the day. They hang upside down to sleep, wrapping their wings around their bodies. They also spend the day grooming, squabbling and changing position on the trees.

These fruit bats fly away to spend the night eating fruit, pollen and nectar. They prefer native plants but will eat cultivated fruit when other sources are scarce. Lavenders Bridge is the best spot to watch them leave around dusk.

Waterfall Way Norman Jolly Memorial Grove, Nymboi-Binderay National Park. Easy – 800 metres. Picnic tables and toilet at car park.
Access; From Bostobrick follow the unsealed Moonpar Road for 11km to Norman Jolly picnic area.

Park beside the picnic area under the tall canopy of tallowwoods, brush box and Sydney blue gum to walk along the Coachwood Walk. The two largest tallowwood trees here are estimated to be 600 years old. These trees are rare survivors of the local logging industry and give an insight into how the ancient forests would have looked.
Continue along a bush trail, crossing a timber bridge on the tramline track that was used to take timber to bush mills when the forest was logged in the 1930s.

Warrigal circuit, Cathedral Rock National Park. Easy – 1km circuit. Picnic tables and toilet at car park.
Access; From Guyra Road, 13km north of Ebor. Start from Native Dog camping area.

A walk through the dry woodland of Cathedral Rock National Park with views from granite outcrops. This walk has plenty of interpretive signs with information on the park and its plants and animals. Look for native orchids and Styphelia perileuca, a plant special to this area. Because it mainly occurs in this area it is listed as a Rare or Threatened Australian Plant (ROTAP). The Ebor styphelia has yellow-green, tube-like flowers with fine, pink stripes. It blooms in spring and summer.

Watch for woodland birds including rose robins, flycatchers and pardalotes. The area is named for the dingo and you may see one if you’re very lucky.

There are a range of other longer walks in the area that include a 5.8km walk to the top of Cathedral Rock with views of the tablelands.

Waterfall Way Point Lookout, New England National Park. Easy – Less than 1km.

Picnic tables and toilet at car park.
Access; From Waterfall Way turn along Point Lookout Road, mainly unsealed.
An easy walk from the Point Lookout car park to two viewing platforms with views to the north, east and south. On a clear day you may see the Pacific Ocean 70km away. Point Lookout is 1562 metres above sea level, perched on top of a steep escarpment. Listen for the superb lyrebird mimicking other birds and even car alarms and cameras.
There is a selection of other walks in the area including the 2.5km Eagles Nest Track that descends into a mossy, Antarctic beech forest, a remnant of the Gondwana forests of 80-million-years ago.

Wollomombi Gorge, Oxley Wild Rivers National Park. Easy – 1-2km.

Picnic tables and toilet at car park.
Access; From Waterfall Way, 40km east of Armidale.
A great place to see the gorge and waterfalls after rain. There are several short and easy walks along the rim of the gorge, from the picnic area to lookouts to see the waterfalls. The park is listed on the World Heritage Register for its extensive dry rainforest and rare and threatened species.
The falls are among the tallest in Australia with a total height of more than 200 metres.

Waterfall Way Heritage walk, Uralla. Easy – 1-2km circuit. Toilet at Visitor Information Centre.

Access; Start from the Uralla Visitor Information Centre on the corner of Bridge and Salisbury St.
Pick up a leaflet from the Visitor Information Centre before you start and follow the trail to walk past 34 historic buildings that include McCrossin’s flour mill, built in 1871 and now a museum, the Coachwood and Cedar Hotel, with its iron lace balcony and Uralla granite quoins, as well as old banks, churches, meeting halls and private homes.
Much of the iron lace in Uralla was made locally at the New England Brass and Iron Lace Foundry.

Sculpture walk, Walcha. Easy – 1-2km. Picnic tables and toilet at McHattan Park.

Access; Start from McHattan Park, Fitzroy Street, Walcha.
Pick up a leaflet about the artworks from the Visitor Information Centre on the corner of Fitzroy and South Streets. This collection of more than 25 sculptures and public artworks creates an interesting and dramatic walk around the town. James Roger’s sculpture, Song Cycle dominates the town centre from the roundabout. A collection of sculptures and street furniture follows the Apsley River, and the town entrances are marked with wood and steel sculptures.

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