Gerringong Falls Circuit, Budderoo National Park, NSW

Take in views of the impressive Gerringong Falls on this walk in Budderoo National Park.

Gerringong Falls Circuit, Budderoo National Park

This partial circuit in Budderoo National Park takes you to the top of the impressive Gerringong Falls, with views of the falls just a side trip off the main track. The falls are apparently 150-180m high. There’s heath vegetation and a section of tall forest along the way. I’d say you’re unlikely to meet many (or possibly any) other walkers; we didn’t at least. 

About 16.5km of mostly flat walking, although one section of the track was badly overgrown and slow going. Track notes at the end.

Gerringong Falls Circuit: The Scenery

I’m afraid some of my photos from this walk are pretty bad, generally glary and washed out looking, but you can still get the idea. I’ve noticed quite a few people come to my blog to read about this walk, so welcome. If you do this walk and take better photos than me then perhaps send me a few 🙂

Gerringong Falls Circuit, Budderoo National Park
The banksia flowers were a deep orange colour.
Gerringong Falls Circuit, Budderoo National Park
Gerringong Creek
Gerringong Falls Circuit, Budderoo National Park
Views from nearby the falls.
Gerringong Falls Circuit, Budderoo National Park
Long way down.
Gerringong Falls Circuit, Budderoo National Park
Looking over the falls.
Gerringong Falls Circuit, Budderoo National Park
Gerringong Falls
Gerringong Falls Circuit, Budderoo National Park
Another glary shot of the falls.
Gerringong Falls Circuit, Budderoo National Park
Tall forest.
Gerringong Falls Circuit, Budderoo National Park
Pleasant forest on the way back.

 

Gerringong Falls Circuit, Budderoo National Park
Heath and moorland.


Track Notes

We used track notes in Take a Walk in Southern NSW & the ACT. This route follows a ‘P’ shape, starting at the bottom of the ‘P’ on the Budderoo Track/Budderoo Plateau Road, a turn off Jamberoo Mountain Road. Park at the locked gate, and walk along this fire trail until you reach a disused car park, turning right here onto Gerringong Falls Walking Track. The track becomes quite overgrown and indistinct, so you have to accept a face full of twigs and slow progress for a while. Once you reach Gerringong Creek you can roughly follow the creek downstream to the falls along an impact track on the opposite bank.

There are views from the falls, and then after you cross back over the creek you meet the Hersey (Fire) Trail, and can take a side trip to the right for views back towards the falls. Return to the fire trail and continue until you meet the Budderoo Track again, then turn left to return to the start. You could do the whole walk on fire trails if you continue along the Budderoo Track and take a right onto the Hersey Trail, continue on to the falls, and then return the same way.

This Google Maps link to the falls shows all of these tracks. And AllTrails has the Budderoo/Hersey fire trails portion of the walk, with the overgrown trail to make the loop also marked on the map (but not described in the notes).  

Nearby Walks

If you’re interested in walks in the NSW Southern Highlands then have a browse through others that I’ve done in the area. There are a few lesser known gems to be done.

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Gerringong Falls Circuit, Budderoo National Park

This partial circuit in Budderoo National Park takes you to the top of the impressive Gerringong Falls, with views of the falls just a side trip off the main track. The falls are apparently 150-180m high. There’s heath vegetation and a section of tall forest along the way. I’d say you’re unlikely to meet many (or possibly any) other walkers; we didn’t at least. 

About 16.5km of mostly flat walking, although one section of the track was badly overgrown and slow going. Track notes at the end.

Gerringong Falls Circuit: The Scenery

I’m afraid some of my photos from this walk are pretty bad, generally glary and washed out looking, but you can still get the idea. I’ve noticed quite a few people come to my blog to read about this walk, so welcome. If you do this walk and take better photos than me then perhaps send me a few 🙂

Gerringong Falls Circuit, Budderoo National Park
The banksia flowers were a deep orange colour.
Gerringong Falls Circuit, Budderoo National Park
Gerringong Creek
Gerringong Falls Circuit, Budderoo National Park
Views from nearby the falls.
Gerringong Falls Circuit, Budderoo National Park
Long way down.
Gerringong Falls Circuit, Budderoo National Park
Looking over the falls.
Gerringong Falls Circuit, Budderoo National Park
Gerringong Falls
Gerringong Falls Circuit, Budderoo National Park
Another glary shot of the falls.
Gerringong Falls Circuit, Budderoo National Park
Tall forest.
Gerringong Falls Circuit, Budderoo National Park
Pleasant forest on the way back.

 

Gerringong Falls Circuit, Budderoo National Park
Heath and moorland.


Track Notes

We used track notes in Take a Walk in Southern NSW & the ACT. This route follows a ‘P’ shape, starting at the bottom of the ‘P’ on the Budderoo Track/Budderoo Plateau Road, a turn off Jamberoo Mountain Road. Park at the locked gate, and walk along this fire trail until you reach a disused car park, turning right here onto Gerringong Falls Walking Track. The track becomes quite overgrown and indistinct, so you have to accept a face full of twigs and slow progress for a while. Once you reach Gerringong Creek you can roughly follow the creek downstream to the falls along an impact track on the opposite bank.

There are views from the falls, and then after you cross back over the creek you meet the Hersey (Fire) Trail, and can take a side trip to the right for views back towards the falls. Return to the fire trail and continue until you meet the Budderoo Track again, then turn left to return to the start. You could do the whole walk on fire trails if you continue along the Budderoo Track and take a right onto the Hersey Trail, continue on to the falls, and then return the same way.

This Google Maps link to the falls shows all of these tracks. And AllTrails has the Budderoo/Hersey fire trails portion of the walk, with the overgrown trail to make the loop also marked on the map (but not described in the notes).  

Nearby Walks

If you’re interested in walks in the NSW Southern Highlands then have a browse through others that I’ve done in the area. There are a few lesser known gems to be done.

Author: Edward Hathway

I'm a clinical psychologist and keen hiker.

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