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River Walk

Country NSW

Boonoo Boonoo National Park


Distance (kms):

5.9 kms

Time (hrs):

Allow 3 hrs

Elevation gain (m):

251 m

Max. elevation (m):

934 m

Difficulty (Grade):

Moderate (Grade 3)

Route type:





2WD Sufficient

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One for the nature lovers, this walk follows the Boonoo Boonoo River through the forest, with occasional glimpses of the river. 

This lightly trafficked walk starts from either Cypress Pine campground or the Boonoo Boonoo Falls picnic area and can be completed one-way with a car shuffle.

While the name ‘River Walk’ suggests the walk will track adjacent to the river for most of its distance, this unfortunately is not the case. 

In fact, only about 10% of the walk includes river views, with the majority of the walk being tucked in the dry eucalypt forest, painfully close to the river but without any views.

That said, the views that are offered are wonderful, including beautiful cascades, small rockpools and even a small natural pool with a sandy beach section. 

Near the middle of the walk, there is a particularly scenic section where the track is elevated and looks down on a sweeping bend in the river.

There are also numerous rock formations to spot in the forest in the section closer to the campground. 

Platypus Hole is also found along the track, less then a kilometre from the campground and is a great place for lunch and a swim.

There are a number of small footbridges along the track, which ranges from rocky to sandy to grassy, and keeps things interesting.

If starting from Boonoo Boonoo Falls picnic area, follow the signs to the rockpools and then branch left on the rough track up the hill at the signpost. 

From the Cypress Pine campground, head to the right-hand side (when looking toward the creek from the campground entrance) and find the signpost.

It is recommended to start from the campground if trekking one-way only, but from the picnic area if doing the return walk. This allows you to have a well-earned swim at the rockpools at the end of your walk.

The track can also be joined at several places along Boonoo Boonoo Falls Road. 

In spring, the walk comes to life with wildflowers and orchids.

At 6.5 kms one-way, it is a delightful walk, but at 13 kms return, this is definitely a walk for nature lovers who are happy to spend significant time in the bush for fleeting river views.

There is also an option to extend the walk further, linking the Cypress Pine campground with Morgans Gully picnic area

The Mackays Walk and Cockatoo Walk - along fire trails through the bush - also branch off this walk, but are well-signed.

Track: The track changes constantly throughout the walk, including rocky, sandy and grassy sections. There are a number of steeper sections, although most of the walk is relatively flat. 

The walk is well-signed and easy-to follow, however there are a couple of sections across rocky slabs where care is needed to stay on the track.

Difficulty: The track is suitable for most fitness levels with time, however does include considerable elevation, especially if doing the return walk. 

Direction: This walk can be completed as either a one-way walk with a car shuffle, or as an out-and back track that returns the way it came. 

getting there

This trail starts from either the Boonoo Boonoo Falls picnic area at the end of Boonoo Boonoo Falls Road in Boorook, or the Cypress Pine campground on Boonoo Boonoo Falls Road, 3.5 hours drive south-west of Brisbane.

Approximately 13 kms of Boonoo Boonoo Falls Road is unsealed, including 4 kms prior to the park entrance and 9 kms within the park boundaries. That said, a standard 2WD vehicle is typically suitable in normal conditions. 

The car park is typically ample for how trafficked the walk is.

best time to go

The walk can be completed year-round.

Some areas may be prone to flooding during or after rain. Be sure to check the New South Wales Parks and Wildlife Service website for updates regarding flooding and track closures.

Note that there are park fees associated with entering many national parks in New South Wales. Check the New South Wales Parks and Wildlife Service website for more information.

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Remember, whenever venturing into the outdoors, practice the Leave No Trace principles and be considerate of others. This means: dispose of your waste properly, don't remove things or move things from their natural position and respect all wildlife. Also be sure to plan ahead and adequately prepare for any adventure. 

I respectfully acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land on which all activities listed on this website are found, as well as Elders past, present and emerging. I strive to not promote sites where requests have been made for people not to explore due to the cultural significance of the site to Indigenous peoples, or note how to respectfully visit a site. If I have a promoted a site with cultural significance, please send me a message and let me know.   

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