Gibraltar Range National Park NSW, is part of the Washpool and Gibraltar Range Wilderness Area being only 68km east of Glen Innes, 92Km west of Grafton and covering an area of 253 km²this makes for a great get away for anyone who only has a day or two off or a longer stay, you really get that feeling of isolation and not too far from home. The tracks are nothing difficult but the scenery is spectacular.
Climbing up the range some 1,170 m above sea level you watch the landscape change diversely from dry timber forests to dense rain forest. when you reach the top of the range you have many options to explore doesn’t matter if you are up for a day trip, overnight stay or a weekend away. The two parks split by the Gwydir Highway. Both parks have many camping grounds walking trails and picnic areas, phone reception is little but you will be so busy exploring the area you won’t need it.
On this trip we decided to camp at Mulligans Hut Camp Ground deep within Gibraltar Range NP Some 8kms in from the start of the park Mulligans hut is situated on the side of Little Dandahra Creek. The area is named after William mulligan (1862-1953) a mining engineer. He built two slab huts in his time here while undertaking research to build a hydroelectric power station using the creek, William and partners in the 1920s built two concrete weirs across little Dandahra Creek to monitor the flow of water, they still exist today, due to many unforeseen circumstances the scheme failed and their leases run out in 1952. The two huts were destroyed by fire in the early 60’s, in 1968 NPWS restored the larger of the two as part of the day use area for you to view and enjoy. From this campground you can make a great base camp to explore the area with camping with your caravan, beside car and walk in sites available it’s a well worth stop. Flushing toilets, cold showers and fire wood are provided. swimming is great in the summer months and there are a many extensive walks that all start from here ranging in difficulty such as Dandahra crags and the Pinnacles.
If you are keen and you want to go for a drive you can head west further to Glen Innes and explore what it has to offer, possibly head down to man river nature reserve orcheck out wash pool national park for its walks and cool rainforest, boundary falls and raspberry lookout. With all this history and wilderness to explore. You could spend a week up here and not get bored.
As this is a National Park there are Camping and Day use Fees. Make sure when planning your trip, you seek advice from NPWS as to track closers and local alerts also take lots of fuel as the last stop before Glen Innes is at the bottom of the range.
Thanks for reading and I’ll catch you on the tracks. Now get out there and suck the guts out of life!!