We had an awesome few days camping and hiking at Washpool National Park and hiking up the road at Gibraltar Range National Park as well.

This is an awesome place to explore.  It was really quiet.  So quiet that the first night that we camped, we were the only ones in the whole campground.  We did four hikes, and we didn’t see anyone else on any of the hikes.  The location seems to be far enough from Brisbane and far enough from Sydney, so if you like peaceful camping and avoiding the masses, this spot is worth the extra bit of driving.

The hiking was amazing and diverse.  Lush rainforest dwells alongside granite boulders and swamps.  There’s so many beautiful short hikes, and also a four day hike (The World Heritage Trail) that looks great, so we will definitely be back!  Here’s some posts with more details:

Camping at Bellbird Campground, Washpool NP

We wanted to escape the heat of a Queensland summer, so we planned an escape to the mountains.  Washpool National Park was recommended by a friend so we thought we’d check it out.

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Camping at Bellbird Campground, Washpool National Park

Washpool Walk

It was a nice hike.  Rainforest, coachwood forest, a really cool waterfall.  Nice but not memorable.  Until, with 2.5km to go, a big thunderstorm hit us and it quickly became memorable.

Washpool Walk is an 8.5 km easy walk that starts in the rainforest on the Coombadjha Creek in Wahspool National Park, NSW.   The track briefly follows the creek and then meanders alongside another pristine stream with crystal clear water.  Moss covered rocks line the tracks and strangler vines drape the massive gums and pines.  There is abundant birdlife and the cicadas were almost deafening at some points.

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Summit Falls, on the Washpool Walk

Murrumbooee Cascades Walk – Gibraltar Range NP

This hike is to a spot with cascades, a weir and a convergence of three creeks.  It was an absolutely beautiful spot, and like all our hikes in the Gibraltar Range area, we had the place to ourselves.

The hike is 6km return, starts from Mulligan’s Hut and it’s classed as an easy walk.  This track is well graded and appears to be an old road.  You start out with granite sand underfoot, and then as the track descends you enter the rainforest.

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Mulligans Hut HIkes
Murrumbooee Cascades

Coombadjha Creek Circuit, Washpool NP

Flowing through the heart of the rainforest is a cool, crystal clear creek.  Walking along the track on the edge of the creek, amongst the moss covered rocks and exposed tree roots listening to the bubbling water and the rainforest birds. Peaceful and quiet.

This is a 1.4km circuit, perfect for little kids who love to take their time and explore along the creek.

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Hiking with Kids, Washpool National Park
Coombadjha Creek


Anvil Rock Hike, Gibraltar Range NP

I love love love hiking in granite country.  There’s something about the solid majesty of those dramatic massive boulders that captivates me.

This little hike is perfect if you are travelling through on the Gwdir Highway and you want to stretch your legs and give the kids a break.  There are also great campgrounds at Mulligan’s Hut and Washpool National Park nearby.

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Mulligans Hut Hikes