Granite Loop Walk
This track passes through dry open forest and rocky granite outcrops. From Granite Lookout, you'll have a view over the mixed forests of the south-eastern part of the park.
Coombadjha nature stroll
Wheelchair access: medium
Assistance may be required to access this area
- The bitumen track descends through rainforest for 400m – this section is wheelchair-accessible. From here, there are steps down onto the viewing platform
Whether you’re picnicking, camping or just passing by, the Coombadjha nature stroll is a Washpool National Park must-do.
At just 1.4km, this short loop walk will take you on a delightful journey through a variety of forest types, including World Heritage-listed coachwood rainforest, along the banks of the pretty Coombadjha creek.
You’ll find track posts along the easy walk offering insights on the flora and fauna of this special place. The creek viewing platform is a great spot to pause and refresh, while the fern-fringed, shallow Coachwood pool below is an inviting opportunity to cool off with a swim.
You can then either return by the same route or venture on to Coombadjha campground. This part of the track is narrow and a bit rough underfoot, but if you really want to stretch your legs, you’ll enjoy the more natural feel.
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Washpool walking track
Immerse yourself in the timeless wonder of the warm temperate forests of Washpool National Park, near Glen Innes. This moderately challenging loop offers the rare opportunity to experience the ancient stands of World Heritage Gondwana Rainforest. Leading from Coombadjha campground, it's an ideal hike for experienced walkers who enjoy birdwatching and wildlife spotting in pristine wilderness.
Winding through gentle hills, this clearly sign posted walking track leads to one of the largest stand of coachwood forest in NSW. You’ll see picturesque waterfalls and spectacular views, with a chance to spot rainforest locals such as satin bower birds and lyrebirds.
Summit Creek is a great spot for a break and the beautiful surrounds make for some superb nature photography. Picnic along the way or head back for a barbecue lunch at the campground, where you might be tempted to camp overnight.
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Gibraltar-Washpool World Heritage walk
Set aside five days for an amazing expedition into the spectacularly diverse landscapes of Washpool and Gibraltar Range National Parks near Glen Innes on this extraordinary World Heritage walk.
Each day you’ll pass through dramatic and changing settings as you traverse dry eucalypt forests set amidst ridges and granite tors, and lush rainforests that include the largest area of coachwood trees in the world.
The two parks protect a rich variety of wildlife, including many rare and endangered species. Mid-spring is a great time to head out on this walk – the temperature is ideal and the heathlands, swamps and woodlands erupt in a colourful display of wildflowers.
This is rugged, mountainous country but experienced walkers won’t find it too strenuous. Most people allow five days to do the 45km main loop, and include most of the optional side walks, which can add a further 40km. There are designated campgrounds and bush-camping areas along the way, including Bellbird, Boundary Falls and Coombadjha. Many walkers choose to start and end the walk in Gibraltar Range National Park at Mulligans campground.
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Washpool horse riding trails
Located conveniently close to the New England town of Tenterfield, the beautifully remote Washpool National Park boasts a long list of great horse riding trails, making it easy for you to channel your inner Tenterfield Saddler.
These rugged trails are set on the Great Dividing Range, and surrounded by mighty eucalyptus trees, shrubs and native grasses that abound with wildflowers in spring.
Perfect for experienced riders, the horse riding trails take anywhere from a couple of hours to a full day to complete. Make it a day trip if you haven’t much time, leaving your horse float parked at Billyrimba trail, or, alternatively, base yourself at Four Bull Hut to spread your rides over a series of days.
You’ll come across pretty lookouts, historic huts, picnic areas and flowing waterfalls as you ride, and you’re bound to spot a few new friends, including kangaroos, wallabies and an array of birds, too.
Opening hours: Washpool National Park’s horse riding trails are always open, but may have to close at times due to poor weather, road damage, or high fire danger.
Walking: events and activities
Auswalk offers quality accommodated walking holiday packages in many destinations.
Self-guided inn-to-inn walking holidays in the Blue Mountains and Snowy Mountains. Walk from one comfortable accommodation to the next through the national park. We move your luggage ahead for you. Follow our detailed walk notes and marked maps. Start any day of the year in season.
Group guided walking holidays in the Snowy Mountains. Join a group with two knowledgeable guides and hike through the area, staying in comfortable accommodation at night. We also have a spring snowshoeing trip in the Snowy Mountains.
Privately guided trips ranging from 1 to 5 days in the Sydney Harbour area and Blue Mountains.
More info: Auswalk, Phone: 03 9530 8800 (international +613 9530 8800)
Greg Clancy Guide
Ecologist and wildlife-birding guide
This wildlife tour and guiding service is based on the NSW North Coast but offers guiding services covering much of the state.
Utilising a professional ecologist tour participants are provided with accurate identification of species of flora and fauna and their habitats as well as details of their behaviour.
The north coast of New South Wales lies in the region of Australia's highest biodiversity, known as the Macleay-McPherson overlap, where tropical species overlap temperate species.
Custom tours for the keen birdwatcher are also a specialty.
More info: Greg Clancy Wildlife Guide, Phone: 02 6649 3153 (international +612 6649 3153)