Dandahra Falls

A steep track leads to a lookout over the highest falls in Gibraltar Range National Park

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Dandahra Falls

Driving up the Gwydir Highway to camp for a few nights at Mulligans, after a period of heavy summer rain, I noticed an impressive white gash on a far hillside. What high waterfall was that, could we walk there? Dandahra Falls, and yes, if you are an experienced bushwalker, you can walk there.

The route to Dandahra Falls begins at Mulligans Hut, where a sign explains Mulligans grand vision for a hydro electric scheme with two storage dams on the Dandahra and Little Dandahra Creeks and a head of 600 metres. I was now excited to see Dandahra falls, and they did not disappoint.

The walk is easy to start, on the same track that leads to Murrumbooee Cascades. Our first short detour was to Barra Nula Cascades, which were flooding from all the rain. At a fork in the track, we went left on the Forest Walk, with another short detour to a large White Beech tree. Fungi were everywhere in the bush, and we noticed the understory has regrown significantly since the 2019 fires devastated this area.

At Lyrebird Rock, a sign explains that the old track to the top of the Falls is permanently closed, so we followed the alternative taped track that leads off right to the a viewpoint. The sign advises this track is for experienced and prepared bushwalkers only – it is narrow, steep and slippery. After descending for some distance, we arrived at a rocky spur with a magnificent view of the Dandahra Falls.

You could easily combine this walk with a visit to Murrumbooee Cascades, for a total distance of about 13km.

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