Starting from the car park at the end of Budderoo Plateau Road, Budderoo National Park, this walk takes you to Gerringong Falls and back via the Gerringong Falls Walk. This moderately easy walk meanders through Budderoo National Park to the top of Gerringong Falls, an impressive 180-metre-high, two-tier waterfall in the stunning Southern Highlands. The walk combines the Budderoo Track and Hersey Fire Trail, which are both fairly flat, wide and easy to follow, suitable for walking or cycling. The walk initially follows the Budderoo Track through dense bushland characteristic of the Southern Highlands, with colourful displays of wildflowers in spring. At around the 6km mark, the walk begins following the Hersey Fire Trail, which descends gently towards Gerringong Falls. Near the top of the falls, instead of crossing Gerringong Creek, it's recommended that walkers follow the narrow trail to the left, which leads to a spectacular vantage point overlooking the falls. There are also several swimming spots at the top of the falls. Although it's possible to scramble down to the bottom of the falls, this should only be attempted by highly experienced bushwalkers. This walk consists of wide and narrow, gently undulating walking trails and fire tracks, with uneven natural surfaces and compacted natural surfaces, suitable for average fitness levels. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
Getting started From the car park at the end of Budderoo Plateau Road, Budderoo National Park, head past the vehicle access gate and follow the wide fire track ahead, passing a green 'Budderoo National Park' sign (to your left). Follow the Budderoo Track ahead and continue the Gerringong Falls Walk.....
Directions & comments
From the Budderoo Plateau Road Start heading along Budderoo Plateau Road (a vehicle track).
Find the car park at the start.
After another 15 m head through/around the gate.
After another 2.8 km (from the Budderoo Fire Trail) continue straight, to head along Budderoo Fire Trail.
After another 390 m (from the Budderoo Fire Trail) continue straight, to head along Budderoo Fire Trail.
After another 500 m (from the Budderoo Fire Trail) continue straight, to head along Budderoo Fire Trail.
After another 1.5 km (from the Budderoo Fire Trail) continue straight, to head along Budderoo Fire Trail.
After another 670 m (at the intersection of Hersey Fire Trail & Budderoo Fire Trail) turn right, to head along Hersey Fire Trail.
After another 40 m head through/around the gate.
Continue another 2.7 km to find the end. Then turn around here and retrace the main route for 8.6 km to get back to the start.
Know the Hills, grading & facilities
Gerringong Falls Walk
4 h to 6 h
Quality of track
Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gentle hills with occasional steps (2/6)
Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather generally has little impact on safety (2/6)